Grammy Award for Best Country Album

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Grammy Award for Best Country Album
Awarded forquality albums in the country music genre
CountryUnited States
Presented byNational Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences
First awarded1965
Currently held byChris Stapleton,
Starting Over (2022)
Websitegrammy.com

The Grammy Award for Best Country 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 quality albums in the country music 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]

The award was first presented under the name of Best Country & Western Album in 1966 to Roger Miller for Dang Me/Chug-A-Lug and was discontinued the following year. In 1995 the category was revived and received its current denomination of Best Country Album. According to the category description guide for the 54th Grammy Awards, the award is presented to vocal or instrumental country albums containing at least 51% playing time of new recordings.[3]

The Dixie Chicks are the most awarded performers in this category with four wins. Chris Stapleton is a three-time award winner. Two-time award winners include Roger Miller, Lady Antebellum, Kacey Musgraves and Miranda Lambert. Canadian singer Shania Twain is the only non-American winner in this category, to date. Trisha Yearwood holds the record for most nominations, with eight. Yearwood also holds the record for most nominations without a win.

Recipients[edit]

1996 winner and three-time nominee Shania Twain is the first and so far only non-American winner.
Dixie Chicks the most awarded performers with four wins.
2001 winner Faith Hill
Vince Gill received the award in 2008 as has eight additional nominations in this category. He is, to date, the most awarded male country artist at the Grammys.
2009 winner George Strait
Taylor Swift received three nominations in this category. Her album, Fearless, won this award and Album of the Year in 2010. She is also the only act to win the Best Pop Vocal Album and Best Country Album.
Lady Antebellum, three-time nominees and 2011 and 2012 winners
Two-time recipient Miranda Lambert
Year[I] Recipient(s) Work Nominees Ref.
1965 Roger Miller Dang Me/Chug-a-Lug [4]
1966 Roger Miller The Return of Roger Miller
[5]
1995 Mary Chapin Carpenter Stones in the Road [6]
1996 Shania Twain The Woman in Me [7]
1997 Lyle Lovett The Road to Ensenada [8]
1998 Johnny Cash Unchained [9]
1999 Dixie Chicks Wide Open Spaces [10]
2000 Dixie Chicks Fly [11]
2001 Faith Hill Breathe [12]
2002 Various artists
 · Bonnie Garner, Luke Lewis and Mary Martin, producers
Timeless: Hank Williams Tribute [13]
2003 Dixie Chicks Home [14]
2004 Various artists
 · Carl Jackson, producer
Livin', Lovin', Losin': Songs of the Louvin Brothers [15]
2005 Loretta Lynn Van Lear Rose [16]
2006 Alison Krauss & Union Station Lonely Runs Both Ways [17]
2007 Dixie Chicks Taking the Long Way [18]
2008 Vince Gill These Days [19]
2009 George Strait Troubadour [20]
2010 Taylor Swift Fearless [21]
2011 Lady Antebellum Need You Now [22]
2012 Lady Antebellum Own the Night [23]
2013 Zac Brown Band Uncaged [24]
2014 Kacey Musgraves Same Trailer Different Park [25]
2015 Miranda Lambert Platinum [26]
2016 Chris Stapleton Traveller [27]
2017 Sturgill Simpson A Sailor's Guide to Earth [28]
2018 Chris Stapleton From A Room: Volume 1 [29]
2019 Kacey Musgraves Golden Hour [30]
2020 Tanya Tucker While I'm Livin' [31]
2021 Miranda Lambert Wildcard [32]
2022 Chris Stapleton Starting Over [33]

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

Artists with multiple wins[edit]

Artists with multiple nominations[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

General
  • "Past Winners Search". National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Retrieved March 4, 2011. Note: User must select the "Country" category as the genre under the search feature.
  • "Grammy Awards: Best Country Album". Rock on the Net. Retrieved July 12, 2010.
Specific
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  23. ^ "2011 – 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards Nominees And Winners: Country Field". The Recording Academy. November 30, 2011.
  24. ^ "2012 – 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards Nominees And Winners: Country Field". The Recording Academy. December 5, 2011.
  25. ^ 2015 Nominees
  26. ^ "2014 Nominees" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on December 16, 2013. Retrieved December 8, 2013.
  27. ^ "2014 Nominees" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on December 16, 2013. Retrieved December 8, 2013.
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  30. ^ Grammy.com, 7 December 2018
  31. ^ "2020 GRAMMY Awards: Complete Winners List". GRAMMY.com. November 20, 2019.
  32. ^ "2021 GRAMMYs Awards Show: Complete Winners List". GRAMMY.com. November 24, 2020.
  33. ^ "2022 GRAMMYs Awards: Complete Nominations List". GRAMMY.com. November 23, 2021.