Grammy Award for Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical

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Grammy Award for Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical
Awarded forQuality engineering for a non-classical album
CountryUnited States
Presented byNational Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences
First awarded1959
Currently held byHyperspace (2021)

The Grammy Award for Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical has been awarded since 1959. The award had several minor name changes:

  • In 1959, the award was known as Best Engineered Record – Non-Classical
  • In 1960, it was awarded as Best Engineering Contribution – Other Than Classical or Novelty
  • From 1961 to 1962, it was awarded as Best Engineering Contribution – Popular Recording
  • In 1963, it was awarded as Best Engineering Contribution – Other Than Novelty and Other Than Classical
  • In 1964, it was awarded as Best Engineered Recording – Other Than Classical
  • From 1965 to 1991, it returned to the title Best Engineered Recording – Non-Classical
  • Since 1992, it has been awarded as Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical

This award is presented alongside the Grammy Award for Best Engineered Album, Classical. From 1960 to 1965 a further award was presented for Best Engineered Recording – Special or Novel Effects.

Years reflect the year in which the Grammy Awards were presented, for works released in the previous year. The award is presented to the audio engineer(s) on the winning work, not to the artist or performer, except if the artist is also a credited engineer.


Year Winner(s) Album Artist Nominees (Artist in parentheses)
2021 Drew Brown, Julian Burg, Andrew Coleman, Paul Epworth, Shawn Everett, Serban Ghenea, David Greenbaum, John Hanes, Beck Hansen, Jaycen Joshua, Greg Kurstin, Mike Larson, Cole M.G.N., Alex Pasco & Matt Wiggins (engineers); Randy Merrill (mastering engineer) Hyperspace Beck
2020 Rob Kinelski & Finneas O'Connell (engineers); John Greenham (mastering engineer) When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? Billie Eilish


Year Winner(s) Album Artist Nominees (Artist in parentheses)
2019 Julian Burg, Serban Ghenea, David Greenbaum, John Hanes, Beck Hansen, Greg Kurstin, Florian Lagatta, Cole M.G.N., Alex Pasco, Jesse Shatkin, Darrell Thorp & Cassidy Turbin (engineers); Chris Bellman, Tom Coyne, Emily Lazar & Randy Merrill (mastering engineers) Colors Beck
  • Earthtones (Bahamas) — Robbie Lackritz (engineer); Philip Shaw Bova (mastering engineer)
  • All The Things That I Did And All The Things That I Didn't Do (The Milk Carton Kids) — Ryan Freeland & Kenneth Pattengale (engineers); Kim Rosen (mastering engineer)
  • Head Over Heels (Chromeo) — Nathaniel Alford, Jason Evigan, Chris Galland, Tom Gardner, Patrick "P-Thugg" Gemayel, Serban Ghenea, John Hanes, Tony Hoffer, Derek Keota, Ian Kirkpatrick, David Macklovitch, Amber Mark, Manny Marroquin, Vaughn Oliver, Chris "TEK" O'Ryan, Morgan Taylor Reid & Gian Stone (engineers); Chris Gehringer & Michelle Mancini (mastering engineers)
  • Voicenotes (Charlie Puth) — Manny Marroquin & Charlie Puth (engineers); Dave Kutch (mastering engineer)
2018 Serban Ghenea, John Hanes & Charles Moniz, engineers; Tom Coyne, mastering engineer 24K Magic Bruno Mars
2017 David Bowie, Tom Elmhirst, Kevin Killen & Tony Visconti, engineers; Joe LaPorta, mastering engineer Blackstar David Bowie
2016 Shawn Everett, engineer; Bob Ludwig, mastering engineer Sound & Color Alabama Shakes
2015 Tom Elmhirst, Cole M. Greif-Neill, David Greenbaum, Florian Lagatta, Cole Marsden, Robbie Nelson, Darrell Thorp, Cassidy Turbin & Joe Visciano, engineers; Bob Ludwig, mastering engineer Morning Phase Beck
2014 Peter Franco, Mick Guzauski, Daniel Lerner & Florian Lagatta, engineers; Bob Ludwig & Antoine Chabert, mastering engineers Random Access Memories Daft Punk
2013 Richard King, engineer & mastering engineer The Goat Rodeo Sessions Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer & Chris Thile
2012 Mike Shipley & Neal Cappellino, engineers; Brad Blackwood, mastering engineer Paper Airplane Alison Krauss & Union Station
2011 Michael H. Brauer, Joe Ferla, Chad Franscoviak & Manny Marroquin, engineers Battle Studies John Mayer
2010 Imogen Heap, engineer Ellipse Imogen Heap


Year Winner(s) Album Artist Nominees
2009 Joe Chiccarelli & Vance Powell, engineers Consolers of the Lonely The Raconteurs
2008 Tchad Blake, Cameron Craig, Emery Dobyns & Jimmy Hogarth, engineers Beauty & Crime Suzanne Vega
2007 The Flaming Lips and Dave Fridmann, engineers At War with the Mystics The Flaming Lips
2006 Alan Douglas & Mick Guzauski, engineers Back Home Eric Clapton
2005 Robert Fernandez, John Harris, Terry Howard, Pete Karam, Joel Moss, Seth Presant, Al Schmitt & Ed Thacker, engineers Genius Loves Company Ray Charles & Various Artists
2004 Nigel Godrich & Darrell Thorp, engineers Hail to the Thief Radiohead
2003 S. Husky Höskulds, Arif Mardin & Jay Newland, engineers Come Away with Me Norah Jones
2002 Al Schmitt, engineer The Look of Love Diana Krall
2001 Phil Burnett, Roger Nichols, Dave Russell & Elliot Scheiner, engineers Two Against Nature Steely Dan
2000 Al Schmitt, engineer When I Look in Your Eyes Diana Krall


Year Winner(s) Album Artist Nominees
1999 Andy Wallace, Tchad Blake & Trina Shoemaker, engineers The Globe Sessions Sheryl Crow
1998 Frank Filipetti, engineer Hourglass James Taylor
1997 Francis Buckley, Al Schmitt, Bruce Swedien & Tommy Vicari, engineers Q's Jook Joint Quincy Jones & Various Artists
1996 Dave Bianco, Richard Dodd, Stephen McLaughlin & Jim Scott, engineers Wildflowers Tom Petty
1995 Ed Cherney, engineer Longing in Their Hearts Bonnie Raitt
1994 Hugh Padgham, engineer Ten Summoner's Tales Sting
1993 Bruce Swedien & Teddy Riley, engineers Dangerous Michael Jackson
1992 Al Schmitt, Armin Steiner & Woody Woodruff, engineers Unforgettable... with Love Natalie Cole
1991 Bruce Swedien, engineer Back on the Block Quincy Jones
1990 George Massenburg, engineer Cry Like a Rainstorm, Howl Like the Wind Linda Ronstadt


Year Winner(s) Album Artist Nominees
1989 Tom Lord-Alge, engineer Roll with It Steve Winwood
1988 Bruce Swedien & Humberto Gatica, engineers Bad Michael Jackson
1987 Jason Corsaro & Tom Lord-Alge, engineers Back in the High Life Steve Winwood
1986 Neil Dorfsman, engineer Brothers in Arms Dire Straits
1985 Humberto Gatica, engineer Chicago 17 Chicago
1984 Bruce Swedien, engineer Thriller Michael Jackson
1983 Tom Knox, Greg Ladanyi, David Leonard & Al Schmitt, engineers Toto IV Toto
1982 Jerry Garszva, Roger Nichols, Elliot Scheiner & Bill Schnee, engineers Gaucho Steely Dan
1981 James Guthrie, engineer The Wall Pink Floyd
1980 Peter Henderson, engineer Breakfast in America Supertramp


Year Winner(s) Album Artist Nominees
1979 Roger Nichols & Al Schmitt, engineers "FM (No Static at All)" Steely Dan
1978 Roger Nichols, Elliot Scheiner, Al Schmitt & Bill Schnee, engineers Aja Steely Dan
1977 Al Schmitt, engineer Breezin' George Benson
1976 Brooks Arthur, Larry Alexander & Russ Payne, engineers Between the Lines Janis Ian
1975 Geoff Emerick, engineer Band on the Run Paul McCartney & Wings
1974 Malcolm Cecil & Robert Margouleff, engineers Innervisions Stevie Wonder
1973 Armin Steiner, engineer Moods Neil Diamond
1972 Henry Bush, Ron Capone & Dave Purple, engineers "Theme from Shaft" Isaac Hayes
1971 Roy Halee, engineer Bridge Over Troubled Water Simon & Garfunkel
1970 Geoff Emerick & Phil McDonald, engineers Abbey Road The Beatles


Year Winner(s) Album Artist Nominees
1969 Hugh Davies & Joe Polito, engineers "Wichita Lineman" Glen Campbell
1968 Geoff Emerick, engineer Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band The Beatles
1967 Eddie Brackett & Lee Herschberg, engineers Strangers in the Night Frank Sinatra
1966 Larry Levine, engineer "A Taste of Honey" Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass
1965 Phil Ramone, engineer Getz/Gilberto Stan Getz & João Gilberto
1964 James Malloy, engineer Charade (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) Henry Mancini
1963 Al Schmitt, engineer Hatari! (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) Henry Mancini
1962 Robert Arnold, engineer Judy at Carnegie Hall Judy Garland
1961 Luis P. Valentin, engineer Ella Fitzgerald Sings the George and Ira Gershwin Songbook Ella Fitzgerald
1960 Robert Simpson, engineer Belafonte at Carnegie Hall Harry Belafonte
  • Big Band Guitar (Buddy Morrow) — Robert Simpson, engineer
  • Compulsion to Swing (Henri René) — Robert Simpson, engineer
  • New Sounds at the Roosevelt (Larry Elgart) — Robert Simpson, engineer
  • Strings Aflame (Esquivel) — Ernest Oelrich, engineer


Year Winner(s) Album Artist Nominees
1959 Ted Keep, engineer "The Chipmunk Song" David Seville


Breakdown by genre as of 2021.

  Pop (27%)
  Rock (22%)
  Jazz (16%)
  Folk (8%)
  R&B (8%)
  Soundtrack (3%)
  Soul (3%)
  Blues (3%)
  Bluegrass (3%)
  Other (7%)