Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album

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Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album
Awarded forQuality albums in the alternative genre
CountryUnited States
Presented by National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences
First awarded1991
Currently held by Beck, Colors (2019)
Website grammy.com

The Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album is an award presented to recording artists for quality albums in the alternative genre at the Grammy Awards, a ceremony that was established in 1958 and originally called the Gramophone Awards. [1] 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]

Grammy Award Accolade by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States

A Grammy Award, or Grammy, is an award presented by The Recording Academy to recognize achievements in the music industry. The trophy depicts a gilded gramophone. The annual presentation ceremony features performances by prominent artists, and the presentation of those awards that have a more popular interest. The Grammys are the second of the Big Three major music awards held annually.

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While the definition of "alternative" has been debated, [3] the award was first presented in 1991 to recognize non-mainstream rock albums "heavily played on college radio stations". [4] [5] After several updates of the category description, the Grammy organisation issued the following statement for the 2019 Grammy season:

61st Annual Grammy Awards 61st Annual Grammy Awards for 2019

The 61st Annual Grammy Awards ceremony was held on February 10, 2019, at Staples Center in Los Angeles. Singer-songwriter Alicia Keys hosted. During her opening monologue Keys brought out Lady Gaga, Jada Pinkett Smith, Jennifer Lopez, and former First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama, each of whom spoke about impact that music had on their lives.

Alternative is defined as a genre of music that embraces attributes of progression and innovation in both the music and attitudes associated with it. It is often a less intense version of rock or a more intense version of pop and is typically regarded as more original, eclectic, or musically challenging. It may embrace a variety of subgenres or any hybrids thereof and may include recordings that don't fit into other genre categories.

In 1991, and from 1994 to 1999, the award was known as Best Alternative Music Performance. [3] Beginning in 2001, award recipients included the producers, engineers, and/or mixers associated with the nominated work in addition to the recording artists. [6]

Record producer Individual who oversees and manages the recording of an artists music

A record producer or music producer oversees and manages the sound recording and production of a band or performer's music, which may range from recording one song to recording a lengthy concept album. A producer has many, varying roles during the recording process. They may gather musical ideas for the project, collaborate with the artists to select cover tunes or original songs by the artist/group, work with artists and help them to improve their songs, lyrics or arrangements.

Audio mixing (recorded music) audio mixing to yield recorded sound

In sound recording and reproduction, audio mixing is the process of combining multitrack recordings into a final mono, stereo or surround sound product. In the process of combining the separate tracks, their relative levels are adjusted and balanced and various processes such as equalization and compression are commonly applied to individual tracks, groups of tracks, and the overall mix. In stereo and surround sound mixing, the placement of the tracks within the stereo field are adjusted and balanced. Audio mixing techniques and approaches vary widely and have a significant influence on the final product.

As of 2019, Radiohead, The White Stripes and Beck share the record for the most wins in this category, having won three times each. Two female solo artists have won the award, Sinéad O'Connor and St. Vincent; Two bands with female members, The White Stripes and Alabama Shakes, have also won the award. With eight nominations to date, Radiohead and Björk hold the record for the most nominations in this category; Radiohead singer Thom Yorke was also nominated for the 2007 award for his solo album, while Björk also holds the record for the most nominations for a solo artist, as well as the record for the most nominations without a win. Coldplay has each received the award twice, and are the only group to win two years consecutively. American artists have been presented with the award more than any other nationality, though it has been presented to musicians or groups from the United Kingdom five times, from Ireland twice, and from France once.

Radiohead are an English rock band formed in Abingdon-on-Thames in 1985. The band consists of Thom Yorke, brothers Jonny Greenwood and Colin Greenwood (bass), Ed O'Brien and Philip Selway. They have worked with producer Nigel Godrich and cover artist Stanley Donwood since 1994.

The White Stripes American rock duo

The White Stripes were an American rock duo formed in 1997 in Detroit, Michigan. The group consisted of Jack White and Meg White. After releasing several singles and three albums within the Detroit music scene, The White Stripes rose to prominence in 2002, as part of the garage rock revival scene. Their successful and critically acclaimed albums White Blood Cells and Elephant drew attention from a large variety of media outlets in the United States and the United Kingdom, with the single "Seven Nation Army" which used a guitar and a whammy pedal to create the iconic opening riff becoming their signature song. The band recorded two more albums, Get Behind Me Satan in 2005 and Icky Thump in 2007, and dissolved in 2011 after a lengthy hiatus from performing and recording.

Beck American musician (b. 1970)

Beck Hansen, known mononymously as Beck, is an American singer-songwriter, musician, and record producer. He rose to fame in the early 1990s with his experimental and lo-fi style, and became known for creating musical collages of wide genre styles. Today, he musically encompasses folk, funk, soul, hip hop, electronic, alternative rock, country, and psychedelia. He has released 13 studio albums, as well as several non-album singles and a book of sheet music.

Recipients

Sinead O'Connor (pictured in 2013) was the inaugural winner in 1991 FIL 2013 - Sinead O'Connor 08.JPG
Sinéad O'Connor (pictured in 2013) was the inaugural winner in 1991
Thom Yorke of the three-time award-winning band Radiohead (pictured in 2006) Thom Yorke.jpg
Thom Yorke of the three-time award-winning band Radiohead (pictured in 2006)
1999 award winner, Beastie Boys (pictured in 2006) Beastie-boys.jpg
1999 award winner, Beastie Boys (pictured in 2006)
Chris Martin of the two-time award-winning band Coldplay (pictured in 2003) Chris Martin cropped.jpg
Chris Martin of the two-time award-winning band Coldplay (pictured in 2003)
Jack White and Meg White of the three-time award-winning band The White Stripes (pictured in 2007) Jack & Meg, The White Stripes.jpg
Jack White and Meg White of the three-time award-winning band The White Stripes (pictured in 2007)
2005 award winner, Wilco (pictured in 2007) Wilco - Roskilde Festival 2007.jpg
2005 award winner, Wilco (pictured in 2007)
Danger Mouse and CeeLo Green of Gnarls Barkley (pictured in 2007) Gnarls Barkley.jpg
Danger Mouse and CeeLo Green of Gnarls Barkley (pictured in 2007)
2010 award winner, Phoenix (pictured in 2009) Phoenix in Austin in 2009.jpg
2010 award winner, Phoenix (pictured in 2009)
St. Vincent (pictured in 2018) was the second female recipient when she won in 2015 St. Vincent 10 29 2018 -2 (44237126380).jpg
St. Vincent (pictured in 2018) was the second female recipient when she won in 2015
2017 award winner David Bowie (pictured in 2002) David-Bowie Chicago 2002-08-08 photoby Adam-Bielawski-cropped.jpg
2017 award winner David Bowie (pictured in 2002)
Matt Berninger of 2018 award winner The National (pictured in 2014) Matt Berninger of The National at Tanzbrunnen Cologne.jpg
Matt Berninger of 2018 award winner The National (pictured in 2014)
Year [I] Performing artist(s)WorkNomineesRef.
1991 Sinéad O'Connor I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got [5]
1992 R.E.M. Out of Time [7]
1993 Tom Waits Bone Machine [8]
1994 U2 Zooropa [9]
1995 Green Day Dookie [10]
1996 Nirvana MTV Unplugged in New York [11]
1997 Beck Odelay [12]
1998 Radiohead OK Computer [13]
1999 Beastie Boys Hello Nasty [14]
2000 Beck Mutations [15]
2001 Radiohead Kid A [16]
2002 Coldplay Parachutes [17]
2003 Coldplay A Rush of Blood to the Head [18]
2004 The White Stripes Elephant [19]
2005 Wilco A Ghost Is Born [20]
2006 The White Stripes Get Behind Me Satan [21]
2007 Gnarls Barkley St. Elsewhere [22]
2008 The White Stripes Icky Thump [23]
2009 Radiohead In Rainbows [24]
2010 Phoenix Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix [25]
2011 The Black Keys Brothers [26]
2012 Bon Iver Bon Iver [27]
2013 Gotye Making Mirrors [28]
2014 Vampire Weekend Modern Vampires of the City [29]
2015 St. Vincent St. Vincent [30]

2016 Alabama Shakes Sound & Color [31]

2017 David Bowie Blackstar [32]

2018 The National Sleep Well Beast [33]
2019 Beck Colors [34]

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

Artists with multiple wins

Artists with multiple nominations

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