Grammy Award for Best Folk Album

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Grammy Award for Best Folk Album
A gold gramophone trophy with a plaque set on a table
Gilded gramophone trophy presented to Grammy Award winners
Awarded for quality vocal or instrumental folk music albums
Country United States
Presented by National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences
First awarded 2012
Last awarded 2017

The Grammy Award for Best Folk Album is 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 folk 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 Best Folk Album category includes authentic folk material in both traditional vocal and instrumental styles, as well as contemporary material by artists who use traditional folk elements, sounds and instrumental techniques as the basis for their recordings. Folk music is primarily but not exclusively acoustic, often using contemporary arrangements with production and sensibilities distinctly different from a pop approach.[3]

This award combines the previous categories for Best Contemporary Folk Album and Best Traditional Folk Album. The Recording Academy decided to create this new category for 2012 upon stating there were "challenges in distinguishing between... Contemporary and Traditional Folk".[4]


Year[I] Performing artist(s) Title Nominees Ref.
2017 Sarah Jarosz Undercurrent [5]
2016 Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn [6]
2015 Old Crow Medicine Show Remedy [7]
2014 Guy Clark My Favorite Picture of You [8]
2013 Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer & Chris Thile The Goat Rodeo Sessions [9]
2012 The Civil Wars Barton Hollow [10]

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

See also[edit]

List of Grammy Award categories


External links[edit]