Grammy Award for Best Recording Package

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Grammy Award for Best Recording Package
Awarded forquality visual look of an album
CountryUnited States
Presented byNational Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences
First awarded1959
Currently held byDoug Cunningham & Jason Noto, Vols. 11 & 12 (2021)

The Grammy Award for Best Recording Package is one of a series of Grammy Awards presented for the visual look of an album. It is presented to the art director of the winning album, not to the performer(s), unless the performer is also the art director.

The Grammy Award for Best Album Cover dates back to the first Grammy Awards in 1959. From 1962 to 1965 it was separated into Classical and Non-Classical divisions. From 1966 to 1968 it was separated into Graphic Arts and Photography divisions. In 1974, the name of the award was changed to Best Album Package, and changed again in 1994 to the current name.

In 1995, boxed sets were no longer eligible, as they were split off into a separate award, currently known as the Grammy Award for Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package.

Winners and nominees[edit]

Year[I] Art Director(s) Work Performing artist(s) Nominees
Performers are in parenthesis
1959 Frank Sinatra Frank Sinatra Sings for Only the Lonely Frank Sinatra
1959 Robert M. Jones Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5 Howard Mitchell (conducting the National Symphony Orchestra)
1961 Marvin Schwartz Latin ala Lee! Peggy Lee
Best Album Cover – Other Than Classical [4]
Jim Silke Judy at Carnegie Hall Judy Garland
Best Album Cover – Classical
Marvin Schwartz Puccini: Madame Butterfly Gabriele Santini
Best Album Cover – Other Than Classical [5]
Robert M. Jones Lena... Lovely and Alive Lena Horne
Best Album Cover – Classical
Marvin Schwartz The Intimate Bach Laurindo Almeida, Virginia Majewski & Vincent DeRosa
Best Album Cover – Other Than Classical [6]
John Berg The Barbra Streisand Album Barbra Streisand
Best Album Cover – Classical
Robert M. Jones Puccini: Madama Butterfly Erich Leinsdorf
Best Album Cover – Other Than Classical [7]
Robert Cato and Don Bronstein People Barbra Streisand
Best Album Cover – Classical
Robert M. Jones and Jan Balet Saint-Saëns: Carnival of the Animals/Britten: Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra Arthur Fiedler conducting the Boston Pops
Best Album Cover, Graphic Arts [8]
George Estes and James Alexander Bartók: Concerto No. 2 for Violin/Stravinsky: Concerto for Violin Joseph Silverstein & Erich Leinsdorf conducting the Boston Symphony Orchestra
Best Album Cover, Photography
Robert M. Jones and Ken Whitmore Jazz Suite on the Mass Texts Paul Horn
Best Album Cover, Graphic Arts [9]
Klaus Voormann Revolver The Beatles
Best Album Cover, Photography
Robert M. Jones and Les Leverette Confessions of a Broken Man Porter Wagoner
Best Album Cover, Graphic Arts [10]
Peter Blake and Jann Haworth Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band The Beatles
Best Album Cover, Photography
John Berg, Bob Cato, and Rowland Scherman Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits Bob Dylan
1969 John Berg, Richard Mantel, and Horn/Griner Studio Underground Thelonious Monk
1970 Evelyn J. Kelbish and David Stahlberg America the Beautiful Gary McFarland
1971 Robert Lockhart and Ivan Nagy Indianola Mississippi Seeds B. B. King
1972 Gene Brownell and Dean O. Torrence Pollution Pollution
1973 Acy Lehman and Harvey Dinnerstein The Siegel-Schwall Band The Siegel-Schwall Band
1974 Wilkes & Braun Tommy London Symphony Orchestra and Chambre Choir
1975 Ed Thrasher and Christopher Whorf Come & Gone Mason Proffit
1976 Jim Ladwig Honey Ohio Players
1977 John Berg Chicago X Chicago
1978 John Berg Love Notes Ramsey Lewis
1979 Johnny Lee and Tony Lane Boys in the Trees Carly Simon
1980 Mike Doud and Mick Haggerty Breakfast in America Supertramp
1981 Roy Kohara Against the Wind Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band
1982 Peter Corriston Tattoo You The Rolling Stones
1983 Kosh and Ron Larson Get Closer Linda Ronstadt
1984 Robert Rauschenberg Speaking in Tongues Talking Heads
1985 Janet Perr She's So Unusual Cyndi Lauper
1986 Kosh and Ron Larson Lush Life Linda Ronstadt
1987 Eiko Ishioka Tutu Miles Davis
1988 Bill Johnson King's Record Shop Rosanne Cash
1989 Bill Johnson Tired of the Runnin The O'Kanes
1990 Roger Gorman Sound + Vision David Bowie
1991 Len Peltier, Jeff Gold, and Suzanne Vega Days of Open Hand Suzanne Vega
1992 Vartan The Complete Decca Recordings [1] Billie Holiday
1993 Melanie Nissen Spellbound Paula Abdul
1994 David Lau The Complete Billie Holiday on Verve 1945–1959 [2] Billie Holiday
1995 Buddy Jackson Tribute to the Music of Bob Willis and the Texas Playboys [3] Asleep at the Wheel
1996 Robbie Cavolina and Joni Mitchell Turbulent Indigo Joni Mitchell
1997 Andy Engel and Tommy Steele Ultra-Lounge (Leopard Skin Sampler) [4] Various Artists
1998 Hugh Brown, Al Q, and Jeff Smith Titanic: Music As Heard on the Fateful Voyage [5] Various Artists
1999 Kevin Reagan Ray of Light Madonna
2000 Ray Benson, Sally Carns, and Buddy Jackson Ride With Bob Asleep at the Wheel
  • Carla Leighton – Bleecker Street: Greenwich Village in the 1960s (Various Artists)
  • Tammy Dotson, Michael Hodgson, and Clive Piercy – Late Night Sessions (Caravana Cubana)
  • Brad Benedict, Andy Engel, Johnny Lee, and Tommy Steele – Ultra-Lounge: Tiki Sampler (Various Artists)
  • Joseph Arthur and Zachary Larner – Vacancy (Joseph Arthur)
2001 Kevin Reagan Music Madonna
2002 Stanley Donwood and Tchocky Amnesiac (Special Limited Edition) Radiohead
2003 Kevin Reagan Home Dixie Chicks
2004 Ani DiFranco and Brian Grunert Evolve Ani DiFranco
2005 Peter Buchanan-Smith and Dan Nadel A Ghost Is Born Wilco
2006 Aimee Mann and Gail Marowitz The Forgotten Arm Aimee Mann [50]
2007 Adam Jones 10,000 Days Tool
2008 Zachary Nipper Cassadaga Bright Eyes
2009 Bruce Duckworth, Sarah Moffat and David Turner Death Magnetic Metallica
2010 Stefan Sagmeister Everything That Happens Will Happen Today David Byrne & Brian Eno
2011 Michael Carney Brothers The Black Keys
2012 Caroline Robert The Suburbs (Deluxe)[56] Arcade Fire
2013 Michael Amzalag & Mathias Augustyniak Biophilia Björk [58]
2014 Sarah Dodds and Shauna Dodds Long Night Moon [6] Reckless Kelly
2015 Jeff Ament, Don Pendleton, Joe Spix, and Jerome Turner Lightning Bolt Pearl Jam
2016 Sarah Dodds, Shauna Dodds & Dick Reeves Still the King: Celebrating the Music of Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys Asleep at the Wheel
2017 Jonathan Barnbrook Blackstar David Bowie
2018 Carlos Dussan, Juliana Jaramillo, Juan Martinez & Claudio Roncoli El Orisha De La Rosa Magín Díaz
Sasha Barr, Ed Steed & Josh Tillman Pure Comedy (Deluxe Edition) Father John Misty
2019 Willo Perron Masseduction St. Vincent
2020 Barry Ament, Jeff Ament, & Joe Spix Chris Cornell Chris Cornell
  • Luisa María Arango, Carlos Dussan, Manuel García-Orozco & Juliana Jaramillo-Buenaventura – Anónimas & Resilientes (The Voces del Bullerengue)
  • Andrew Wong & Fongming Yang – Hold That Tiger (The Muddy Basin Ramblers)
  • Aaron Anderson & Eric Timothy Carlson – I,I (Bon Iver)
  • Irwan Awalludin – Intellexual (Intellexual)
2021 Doug Cunningham & Jason Noto Vols. 11 & 12 The Desert Sessions
2022 Li Jheng Han & Yu Wei Pakelang 2nd Generation Falangao Singing Group & The Chairman Crossover Big Band

Multiple wins[edit]