Grammy Award for Best Americana Album

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Grammy Award for Best Americana Album
Awarded forquality Americana albums
CountryUnited States
Presented by National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences
First awarded2010
Last awardedpresent
Currently held by Brandi Carlile,
By the Way, I Forgive You (2019)
Website grammy.com

The Grammy Award for Best Americana Album is an honor presented to recording artists for quality albums in the Americana music 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 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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In 2009, the Academy announced that the award for Best Contemporary Folk/Americana Album would be split into two separate categories: Best Contemporary Folk Album and Best Americana Album. [3] [4] The distinction between the two award categories is based on the use of acoustic versus electric instruments; acoustic instruments predominate in "contemporary folk" and electric instruments are characteristic of Americana. [4] Jed Hilly, executive director of the Americana Music Association, called the new category's inclusion "a huge acknowledgment" of the music genre. [5] Hilly admitted to working hard at convincing the Academy to include Americana as its own category. [6] [7] The music industry had been using the term "Americana music" for about 15 years before the new award was created. [4] Following is the award's purpose, according to the category description guide from the 2018 Grammy Awards:

The Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Folk Album was awarded from 1987 to 2011. Until 1993 the award was known as the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Folk Recording. In 2007, this category was renamed Best Contemporary Folk/Americana Album. As of 2010 the category was split into two categories; Best Contemporary Folk Album and Best Americana Album.

An electric musical instrument is one in which the use of electric devices determines or affects the sound produced by an instrument. Electric musical instruments are an example of electric music technology. It is also known as an amplified musical instrument due to the common utilization of an electronic instrument amplifier to project the intended sound as determined by electric signals from the instrument. Two common types of instrument amplifiers are the guitar amplifier and the bass amplifier. This is not the same as an electronic musical instrument, like a synthesizer, which uses entirely electronic means to both create and control sound.

Americana Music Association organization

The Americana Music Association (AMA) is a professional not-for-profit trade organization whose mission is to advocate for the authentic voice of American Roots Music around the world. Toward these ends the organization works with Americana artists, radio stations, record labels, publishers, and others to create networking opportunities and to develop an infrastructure that will assure visibility and economic viability. Additionally, the organization works to increase brand recognition of Americana music and its artists. The Association produces events throughout the year including the annual Americana Music Festival and Conference and the Americana Music Honors & Awards typically held together in the fall. The AMA also manages and publishes radio airplay charts. It publishes newsletters, conducts market research, and disseminates information about important events in the Americana community.

Americana is contemporary music that incorporates elements of various American roots music and vocal styles, including country, roots-rock, folk, bluegrass, R&B and blues, resulting in a distinctive roots-oriented sound that lives in a world apart from the pure forms of the genres upon which it may draw. While acoustic instruments are often present and vital, Americana also often uses a full electric band. [8]

The award was first presented in 2010 to Levon Helm at the 52nd Grammy Awards for the album Electric Dirt . [9] Emmylou Harris has been nominated most times (three).

Levon Helm American musician and actor

Mark Lavon "Levon" Helm was an American musician and actor who achieved fame as the drummer and one of the vocalists for the Band. Helm was known for his deeply soulful, country-accented voice, multi-instrumental ability, and creative drumming style, highlighted on many of the Band's recordings, such as "The Weight", "Up on Cripple Creek", and "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down".

<i>Electric Dirt</i> album by Levon Helm

Electric Dirt is the final studio album from American musician Levon Helm, released in 2009. It is the follow-up to his Grammy-winning 2007 album Dirt Farmer. In Uncut's list of the 150 best albums between 2000 through 2009, Electric Dirt was listed 80th. It won the first ever Grammy Award for Best Americana Album, an inaugural category in 2010.

Emmylou Harris American musician

Emmylou Harris is an American singer, songwriter, and musician. She has released dozens of albums and singles over the course of her career and won 14 Grammys, the Polar Music Prize, and numerous other honors, including induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame. In 2018 she was presented the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

Recipients

2010 and 2012 award recipient Levon Helm performing in 2004 LevonHelmWoodstockNY2004.jpg
2010 and 2012 award recipient Levon Helm performing in 2004
Mavis Staples received the award in 2011 Mavis Staples.jpg
Mavis Staples received the award in 2011
2013 recipient Bonnie Raitt Bonnie Raitt at John Edwards presidential campaign.jpg
2013 recipient Bonnie Raitt
2015 honoree Rosanne Cash Cash main.jpg
2015 honoree Rosanne Cash
Year [I] Performing artist(s)NationalityWorkNomineesRef.
2010 Levon Helm United States Electric Dirt [6]
2011 Mavis Staples United States You Are Not Alone [10]
2012 Levon Helm United States Ramble at the Ryman [11]
2013 Bonnie Raitt United States Slipstream [12]
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2014 Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell United States Old Yellow Moon [14]
2015 Rosanne Cash United States The River and the Thread [15]
2016 Jason Isbell United States Something More Than Free [16]
2017 William Bell United States This Is Where I Live [17]
2018 Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit United States The Nashville Sound [18]
2019 Brandi Carlile United States By the Way, I Forgive You [19]

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

Artists with multiple wins

2 wins

Artists with multiple nominations

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