Country Music Association Award for Album of the Year

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Country Music Association Award for Album of the Year
Current winner of the award Luke Combs
CountryUnited States
Presented byCountry Music Association
First awarded1967
Currently held byGrowin' Up by Luke Combs (2022)

The following list shows the recipients for the Country Music Association Award for Album of the Year.

The inaugural recipient of the award was There Goes My Everything by Jack Greene in 1967, with Jessi Colter becoming the first female winner in 1976, and Alabama being the first group awarded in 1983. George Strait holds the record for most wins in the category, with five, and also leads in nominations, with eighteen. To date, Miranda Lambert is the only woman to have won twice and she is tied with Reba McEntire as the most nominated women in the category, with six nominations each. Brooks & Dunn hold the record for most nominations without a win, with eight. The current holder of the award is Luke Combs, who won in both 2022 for his third studio album Growin' Up.[1]


According to the Country Music Association, this award is given to the artist, producer and mix engineer. The album should be judged on all aspects including, but not limited to, artist’s performance, musical background, engineering, packaging, design, art, layout and liner notes. At least 75% of the recordings on the album must have achieved peak national prominence during the eligibility period. Greatest hits albums or compilation albums consisting of previously released recordings are not eligible for this award.

The album must have charted on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart for the first time during the eligibility period. However, if the album charted on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart prior to the eligibility period, but achieved its highest chart position for the first time during the eligibility period, it is eligible unless it has previously appeared on a Final Ballot in this category.[2]


Three-time winner Chris Stapleton
2012 and 2016 winner Eric Church
Two-time recipient Miranda Lambert
2009 honoree Taylor Swift has also won Entertainer of the Year twice.
2006 winner Brad Paisley.
Dixie Chicks are the only female group to win Album of the Year
Five-time Album of the Year honoree George Strait
1984 winner Anne Murray is the inaugural solo female and only non—American recipient.
1976 and 1982 recipient Willie Nelson
Eleven—time nominee and two—time winner Merle Haggard.
Inaugural recipient Jack Greene also won Male Vocalist Single of the Year awards at the 1967 ceremony.
Year Winners Artist Nominees
2023 Blue ribbon Bell Bottom Country Lainey Wilson
2022 Blue ribbon Growin' Up Luke Combs
2021 Blue ribbon Starting Over Chris Stapleton
2020 Blue ribbon What You See Is What You Get Luke Combs
2019 Blue ribbon Girl Maren Morris
2018[3] Blue ribbon Golden Hour Kacey Musgraves
2017 Blue ribbon From A Room: Volume 1 Chris Stapleton
2016 Blue ribbon Mr. Misunderstood Eric Church
2015 Blue ribbon Traveller Chris Stapleton
2014 Blue ribbon Platinum Miranda Lambert
2013 Blue ribbon Based on a True Story... Blake Shelton
2012 Blue ribbon Chief Eric Church
2011 Blue ribbon My Kinda Party Jason Aldean
2010 Blue ribbon Revolution Miranda Lambert
2009 Blue ribbon Fearless Taylor Swift
2008 Blue ribbon Troubadour George Strait
2007 Blue ribbon It Just Comes Natural George Strait
2006 Blue ribbon Time Well Wasted Brad Paisley
2005 Blue ribbon There's More Where That Came From Lee Ann Womack
2004 Blue ribbon When the Sun Goes Down Kenny Chesney
2003 Blue ribbon American IV: The Man Comes Around Johnny Cash
2002 Blue ribbon Drive Alan Jackson
2001 Blue ribbon O Brother, Where Art Thou? Various Artists[A]
2000 Blue ribbon Fly Dixie Chicks
1999 Blue ribbon A Place in the Sun Tim McGraw
1998 Blue ribbon Everywhere Tim McGraw
1997 Blue ribbon Carrying Your Love with Me George Strait
1996 Blue ribbon Blue Clear Sky George Strait
1995 Blue ribbon When Fallen Angels Fly Patty Loveless
1994 Blue ribbon Common Thread: The Songs of the Eagles Various Artists[B]
1993 Blue ribbon I Still Believe in You Vince Gill
1992 Blue ribbon Ropin' the Wind Garth Brooks
1991 Blue ribbon No Fences Garth Brooks
1990 Blue ribbon Pickin' on Nashville Kentucky Headhunters
1989 Blue ribbon Will the Circle Be Unbroken: Volume Two Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
1988 Blue ribbon Born to Boogie Hank Williams Jr.
1987 Blue ribbon Always And Forever Randy Travis
1986 Blue ribbon Lost in the Fifties Tonight Ronnie Milsap
1985 Blue ribbon Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind George Strait
1984 Blue ribbon A Little Good News Anne Murray
1983 Blue ribbon The Closer You Get Alabama
1982 Blue ribbon Always on My Mind Willie Nelson
1981 Blue ribbon I Believe in You Don Williams
1980 Blue ribbon Coal Miner's Daughter Sissy Spacek
Beverly D'Angelo
Levon Helm
1979 Blue ribbon The Gambler Kenny Rogers
1978 Blue ribbon It Was Almost Like a Song Ronnie Milsap
1977 Blue ribbon Ronnie Milsap Live Ronnie Milsap
1976 Blue ribbon Wanted! The Outlaws Jessi Colter
Tompall Glaser
Waylon Jennings
Willie Nelson
1975 Blue ribbon A Legend in My Time Ronnie Milsap
1974 Blue ribbon Very Special Love Songs Charlie Rich
1973 Blue ribbon Behind Closed Doors Charlie Rich
1972 Blue ribbon Let Me Tell You About a Song Merle Haggard
1971 Blue ribbon I Won't Mention It Again Ray Price
1970 Blue ribbon Okie from Muskogee Merle Haggard
1969 Blue ribbon Johnny Cash At San Quentin Johnny Cash
1968 Blue ribbon Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison Johnny Cash
1967 Blue ribbon There Goes My Everything Jack Greene

^ A. Award presented to: Norman Blake, The Fairfield Four, Emmylou Harris, John Hartford, James Carter and the Prisoners, Chris Thomas King, Alison Krauss, Harry McClintock, Sarah Peasall, Hannah Peasall, Leah Peasall, Soggy Bottom Boys, Stanley Brothers, Ralph Stanley, Gillian Welch and The Whites
^ B. Award presented to: John Anderson, Clint Black, Suzy Bogguss, Brooks & Dunn, Billy Dean, Diamond Rio, Vince Gill, Alan Jackson, Little Texas, Lorrie Morgan, Travis Tritt, Tanya Tucker and Trisha Yearwood
^ C. Nominees were: Chet Atkins, Clint Black, Natalie Cole, Vince Gill, Al Green, George Jones, B.B. King, Gladys Knight, Patti LaBelle, Little Richard, Lyle Lovett, Reba McEntire, Sam Moore, Aaron Neville, The Pointer Sisters, The Staple Singers, Marty Stuart, Allen Toussaint, Travis Tritt, Tanya Tucker, Conway Twitty, Trisha Yearwood

Artists with multiple wins[edit]

Artists that received multiple awards
Awards Artist
5 George Strait
4 Ronnie Milsap
3 Chris Stapleton
Johnny Cash
2 Alan Jackson
Charlie Rich
Eric Church
Merle Haggard
Miranda Lambert
Luke Combs
Tim McGraw
Vince Gill
Willie Nelson

Artists with multiple nominations[edit]

18 nominations
12 nominations
11 nominations
8 nominations
6 nominations
5 nominations
4 nominations
3 nominations
2 nominations


  1. ^ Including two as a member of The Judds.


  1. ^ "Past CMA Awards Winners and Nominees". CMA World. Archived from the original on 2017-07-09. Retrieved 2017-10-03.
  2. ^ "About". CMA Awards 2022 | Wednesday, Nov. 9 at 8/7c on ABC.
  3. ^ "2018 CMA Awards Winners List". The Boot. November 14, 2018. Retrieved November 14, 2018.