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 byMiranda Lambert,
Wildcard (2021)

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. Two-time award winners include Roger Miller, Lady Antebellum, Chris Stapleton, 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.


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
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 Artist Work
Roger Miller Dang Me/Chug-a-Lug
Chet Atkins Guitar Country
Johnny Cash Bitter Tears: Ballads of the American Indian
Buck Owens The Best of Buck Owens
Jim Reeves The Best of Jim Reeves
Hank Williams Jr. Hank Williams Jr. Sings Songs of Hank Williams
Roger Miller The Return of Roger Miller
Eddy Arnold My World
Chet Atkins More of That Guitar Country
Jim Reeves The Jim Reeves Way
Hank Williams & Hank Williams Jr. Father and Son: Hank Williams and Hank Williams Jr.


Year Artist Work
Mary Chapin Carpenter Stones in the Road
Asleep at the Wheel Tribute to the Music of Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys
Vince Gill When Love Finds You
Reba McEntire Read My Mind
Trisha Yearwood The Song Remembers When
Shania Twain The Woman in Me
Junior Brown Junior High
The Mavericks Music for All Occasions
John Michael Montgomery John Michael Montgomery
Trisha Yearwood Thinkin' About You
Dwight Yoakam Dwight Live
Lyle Lovett The Road to Ensenada
Brooks & Dunn Borderline
Vince Gill High Lonesome Sound
Patty Loveless The Trouble with the Truth
Trisha Yearwood Everybody Knows
Dwight Yoakam Gone
Johnny Cash Unchained
Alan Jackson Everything I Love
Patty Loveless Long Stretch of Lonesome
George Strait Carrying Your Love with Me
Dwight Yoakam Under the Covers
Dixie Chicks Wide Open Spaces
Garth Brooks Sevens
Faith Hill Faith
Shania Twain Come On Over
Trisha Yearwood Where Your Road Leads


Year Artist Work
Dixie Chicks Fly
Asleep at the Wheel Ride with Bob: A Tribute to Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys
Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt & Dolly Parton Trio II
George Jones Cold Hard Truth
Alison Krauss Forget About It
Faith Hill Breathe
Vince Gill Let's Make Sure We Kiss Goodbye
Alan Jackson Under the Influence
Lee Ann Womack I Hope You Dance
Trisha Yearwood Real Live Woman
Various artists; Bonnie Garner, Luke Lewis and Mary Martin, producers Timeless: Hank Williams Tribute
Diamond Rio One More Day
Tim McGraw Set This Circus Down
Willie Nelson Rainbow Connection
Trisha Yearwood Inside Out
Dixie Chicks Home
Alan Jackson Drive
Willie Nelson The Great Divide
Joe Nichols Man with a Memory
Dolly Parton Halos & Horns
Various artists; Carl Jackson, producer Livin', Lovin', Losin': Songs of the Louvin Brothers
Faith Hill Cry
Lyle Lovett My Baby Don't Tolerate
Willie Nelson & Ray Price Run That by Me One More Time
Willie Nelson Live and Kickin'
Shania Twain Up!
Loretta Lynn Van Lear Rose
Tim McGraw Live Like You Were Dying
Tiff Merritt Tambourine
Keith Urban Be Here
Gretchen Wilson Here for the Party
Alison Krauss & Union Station Lonely Runs Both Ways
Faith Hill Fireflies
Brad Paisley Time Well Wasted
Gretchen Wilson All Jacked Up
Trisha Yearwood Jasper County
Dixie Chicks Taking the Long Way
Alan Jackson Like Red on a Rose
Little Big Town The Road to Here
Willie Nelson You Don't Know Me: The Songs of Cindy Walker
Josh Turner Your Man
Vince Gill These Days
Dierks Bentley Long Trip Alone
Tim McGraw Let It Go
Brad Paisley 5th Gear
George Strait It Just Comes Natural
George Strait Troubadour
Jamey Johnson That Lonesome Song
Patty Loveless Sleepless Nights
Randy Travis Around the Bend
Trisha Yearwood Heaven, Heartache and the Power of Love


Year Artist Work
Taylor Swift Fearless
Zac Brown Band The Foundation
George Strait Twang
Keith Urban Defying Gravity
Lee Ann Womack Call Me Crazy
Lady Antebellum Need You Now
Dierks Bentley Up on the Ridge
Zac Brown Band You Get What You Give
Jamey Johnson The Guitar Song
Miranda Lambert Revolution
Lady Antebellum Own the Night
Jason Aldean My Kinda Party
Eric Church Chief
Blake Shelton Red River Blue
George Strait Here for a Good Time
Taylor Swift Speak Now
Zac Brown Band Uncaged
Hunter Hayes Hunter Hayes
Jamey Johnson Living for a Song: A Tribute to Hank Cochran
Miranda Lambert Four the Record
The Time Jumpers The Time Jumpers
Kacey Musgraves Same Trailer Different Park
Jason Aldean Night Train
Tim McGraw Two Lanes of Freedom
Blake Shelton Based on a True Story...
Taylor Swift Red
Miranda Lambert Platinum
Dierks Bentley Riser
Eric Church The Outsiders
Brandy Clark 12 Stories
Lee Ann Womack The Way I'm Livin'
Chris Stapleton Traveller
Sam Hunt Montevallo
Little Big Town Pain Killer
Ashley Monroe The Blade
Kacey Musgraves Pageant Material
Sturgill Simpson A Sailor's Guide to Earth
Brandy Clark Big Day in a Small Town
Loretta Lynn Full Circle
Maren Morris Hero
Keith Urban Ripcord
Chris Stapleton From A Room: Volume 1
Kenny Chesney Cosmic Hallelujah
Lady Antebellum Heart Break
Little Big Town The Breaker
Thomas Rhett Life Changes
Kacey Musgraves Golden Hour
Kelsea Ballerini Unapologetically
Brothers Osborne Port Saint Joe
Ashley McBryde Girl Going Nowhere
Chris Stapleton From A Room: Volume 2


Year Artist Work
Tanya Tucker While I'm Livin'
Eric Church Desperate Man
Reba McEntire Stronger Than the Truth
Pistol Annies Interstate Gospel
Thomas Rhett Center Point Road
Miranda Lambert Wildcard
Ingrid Andress Lady Like
Brandy Clark Your Life Is a Record
Little Big Town Nightfall
Ashley McBryde Never Will

^[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]


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