Grammy Award for Best Blues Album

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Grammy Award for Best Blues Album
Awarded forquality vocal or instrumental blues albums
CountryUnited States
Presented byNational Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences
First awarded2012
Last awarded2016

The Grammy Award for Best Blues Album was an award presented at the Grammy Awards, a ceremony that was established in 1958 and originally called the Gramophone Awards,[1] to recording artists for releasing albums in the blues genre. Honors in several categories are presented at the ceremony annually by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States to "honor artistic achievement, technical proficiency and overall excellence in the recording industry, without regard to album sales or chart position".[2]

According to the 54th Grammy Awards guideline the category was "for albums containing at least 51% playing time of new vocal or instrumental blues recordings".[3]

This award combined the previous categories for Best Contemporary Blues Album and Best Traditional Blues Album, which both existed between 1983 and 2011. The Recording Academy decided to create this new category for 2012 upon stating there were "challenges in distinguishing between... Contemporary and Traditional Blues".[4]

In 2017 the distinction between contemporary and traditional blues albums was reinstated. Both categories returned, while the Best Blues Album category was discontinued.[5]


Year[I] Performing artist(s) Work Nominees Ref.
2012 Tedeschi Trucks Band Revelator
2013 Dr. John Locked Down
2014 Ben Harper with Charlie Musselwhite Get Up!
2015 Johnny Winter Step Back
2016 Buddy Guy Born to Play Guitar

^[I] Each year is linked to the article about the Grammy Awards held that year.

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  1. ^ "Grammy Awards at a Glance". Los Angeles Times. Tribune Company. Retrieved April 24, 2010.
  2. ^ "Overview". National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Archived from the original on January 3, 2011. Retrieved November 11, 2010.
  3. ^ "Category Mapper". National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Retrieved November 25, 2011.[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "Explanation For Category Restructuring". National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Retrieved November 25, 2011.
  5. ^ "The Recording Academy Announces Rule Amendments and Dates for the 59th Annual Grammy Awards Process". 2015-10-01. Retrieved 2016-07-23.
  6. ^ "2011 – 54th Annual Grammy Awards Nominees And Winners: Regional Roots Field". The Recording Academy. November 30, 2011.
  7. ^ "Dr. John Wins Grammy Award for Best Blues Album", Times-Picayune, February 10, 2013. Retrieved February 15, 2016.
  8. ^ Appleford, Steve (January 29, 2014). "Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite Eager to Record Next Joint Album", Rolling Stone. Retrieved February 15, 2016.
  9. ^ Tobias, Mike (February 8, 2015). "Winter's Step Back Wins Grammy for Best Blues Album", Beaumont Enterprise. Retrieved February 15, 2016.
  10. ^ Brasted, Chelsea (February 15, 2016). "Jon Cleary, Buddy Guy Win at Grammys", Times-Picayune. Retrieved February 15, 2016.

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