Latin Grammy Award for Best Folk Album

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Latin Grammy Award for Best Folk Album
Awarded forquality albums of the folk music genre
CountryUnited States
Presented byThe Latin Recording Academy
First awarded2000
Currently held byReynaldo Armas for "El caballo de oro"

The Latin Grammy Award for Best Folk Album is an honor presented annually at the Latin Grammy Awards, a ceremony that recognizes excellence and creates a wider awareness of cultural diversity and contributions of Latin recording artists in the United States and internationally.[1] The award goes to solo artists, duos, or groups for releasing vocal or instrumental albums containing at least 51% of new recordings.[2]

The award was first presented to Argentine singer Mercedes Sosa for the album Misa Criolla at the 1st Latin Grammy Awards ceremony in 2000.[3] She also happens to be the most nominated and awarded performer in this category with five accolades. Her album Cantora 1 became the first folk album to be nominated for Album of the Year in 2009 but lost to Calle 13's Los de atrás vienen conmigo.[4] In 2011 she became the first artist to receive this award posthumously for the album Deja La Vida Volar.[5]

On the other hand, Peruvian singer Eva Ayllón holds the record for most nominations without a win with seven. Musicians originating from Argentina and Colombia have received this award more times than any other nationality winning on four and two occasions respectively.


A woman with long black hair playing the percussions.
Mercedes Sosa, the most awarded performer in this category, with five wins.
A woman in a blue dress holding a microphone with her right hand and smiling to the ground.
The Peruvian ministry of Culture Susana Baca won the award in 2002.
A woman in a flower dress singing to a microphone with her eyes closed.
Lila Downs the first and to date only Mexican to win this award.
A black and white image of three aged men wearing hats. On the left a man playing the gaita, another man at the centre singing to a microphone and on the right another man playing the gaita.
The Colombian ensemble Gaiteros de San Jacinto won the award in 2007.
Year[I] Performing artist(s) Nationality Work Nominees Ref.
2000 Mercedes Sosa Argentina Misa Criolla
2001 El All-Stars de La Rumba Cubana Cuba La Rumba Soy Yo
2002 Susana Baca Peru Lamento Negro
2003 Mercedes Sosa Argentina Acústico
2004 Kepa Junkera Spain K
  • Manuel AlejandroManuel Alejandro y Punto: Homenaje Al Grupo Haciendo Punto en Otro Son
  • Ecos de Borinquen — Jíbaro Hasta el Hueso: Mountain Music of Puerto Rico
  • Horacio Guarany — Cantor de Cantores
  • Perú NegroJolgorio
  • Radio TarifaFiebre
2005 Lila Downs Mexico One Blood Una Sangre
  • Camerata Coral and Grupo Tepeu — Misa Criolla – Navidad Nuestra De Ariel Ramírez
  • Los NocherosNoche Amiga Mía
  • John Santos and El Coro Folklórico Kindembo — Para Ellos
  • Various Artists — Homenaje A Luis Miranda "El Pico De Oro"
2006 Mercedes Sosa Argentina Corazón Libre
  • Quique Domenech and Alejandro Croatto — Con El Corazón...
  • Grupo Renacer — Puerto Rico Te Saluda...
  • Chango SpasiukTarefero De Mis Pagos
  • Cacho Tirao — La Guitarra Argentina
  • Yoruba Andabo — Rumba En La Habana Con...
2007 Los Gaiteros de San Jacinto Colombia Un Fuego de Sangre Pura
2008 Cholo Valderrama Colombia Caballo!
2009 Mercedes Sosa Argentina Cantora 1
2010 Ilan Chester Venezuela Tesoros de la Música Venezolana
2011 Mercedes Sosa Argentina Deja La Vida Volar - En Gira
  • Eva Ayllón & Perú Negro — 40 Años de Clasicos Afro Peruanos
  • Jorge Pardo — Música Tradicional Peruana Homenaje A Arturo Zambo Cavero Y Oscar Aviles
  • Soledad PastoruttiVivo En Arequito
  • Santoral — Más Que Enamorao
2012 Lila Downs Mexico Pecados y Milagros
  • Eva Ayllón & Inti-Illimani — Eva Ayllón + Inti-Illimani Histórico
  • Reynaldo Armas — Me Emborraché Pa' Olvidarla
  • Luciano Pereyra — Con Alma De Pueblo
  • Chuchito Valdés & Eddy Navia — Piano & Charango
2013 Reynaldo Armas Venezuela El Caballo de Oro
  • Gaêlica — Luz - Una Navidad Celta En Venezuela
  • Gualberto Ibarreto and C4 Trío — Gualberto + C4
  • Los NocherosClásicos - El Pecado Original
  • María Mulata — De Cantos Y Vuelos
  • Chuchito Valdés and Eddy Navia — Carnaval En Piano Charango
2014 Lila Downs, Niña Pastori and Soledad Mexico, Spain and Argentina Raíz

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

See also[edit]


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