Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Album

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Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Album
Awarded forQuality works in the bluegrass music genre
CountryUnited States
Presented by National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences
First awarded1989
Website grammy.com

The Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass 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 works (songs or albums) in the bluegrass 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]

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. It shares recognition of the music industry as that of the other performance awards such as the Academy Awards (film), the Emmy Awards (television), and the Tony Awards (theater).

Bluegrass music is a form of American roots music. It was named by Bill Monroe who named his band The Blue Grass Boys. The Bluegrass boys played a Mountain Music style that Bill learned in Asheville North Carolina from bands like Wade Mainer's and other popular acts on radio station WWNC. the 1939–1996 band of Kentucky mandolin player and songwriter Bill Monroe, who is considered "the father of bluegrass". It was further developed by musicians who played with him, including 5-string banjo player Earl Scruggs and guitarist Lester Flatt. It was then evolved by other musicians who admired the high-energy instrumental and vocal music Monroe's group created, and who carried it on into new bands, some of which created subgenres of bluegrass.

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Originally called the Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Recording (Vocal or Instrumental), [3] the award was first presented to Bill Monroe in 1989. In 1990 and 1991 the category was renamed Best Bluegrass Recording, and in 1990 the award was reserved for singles rather than albums. Since 1992, the award has been presented under the category Best Bluegrass Album. Beginning in 1993, award recipients often included the producers, engineers, and/or mixers associated with the nominated work in addition to the recording artists. [4] In 1995 and 1997, producers of compilation albums were the only award recipients.

Bill Monroe American bluegrass musician

William Smith Monroe was an American mandolinist, singer, and songwriter, who helped to create the style of music known as bluegrass. Because of this, he is commonly referred to as the "Father of Bluegrass".

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. These tracks that are blended together are done so by using various processes such as equalization and compression. Audio mixing techniques and approaches can vary widely, and due to the skill-level or intent of the mixer, can greatly affect the qualities of the sound recording.

As of 2012, Alison Krauss holds the record for the most wins in this category, having won six times (five times with the band Union Station). The group consisting of Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder has been presented five awards. Two-time recipients include Jim Lauderdale as well as the Nashville Bluegrass Band. The award has been presented to artists or groups originating from the United States each year to date. The Seldom Scene has the record for the most nominations without a win, with five.

Alison Krauss American bluegrass-country singer-songwriter and musician

Alison Maria Krauss is an American bluegrass-country singer and musician. She entered the music industry at an early age, winning local contests by the age of 10 and recording for the first time at 14. She signed with Rounder Records in 1985 and released her first solo album in 1987. She was invited to join the band with which she still performs, Alison Krauss and Union Station (AKUS), and later released her first album with them as a group in 1989.

Union Station is an American bluegrass and country band associated with singer Alison Krauss. The act established in 1987 as a backup band for Krauss is usually referred to as Alison Krauss and Union Station and was initially composed of Krauss, Jeff White, Mike Harman and John Pennell. Later additions included Tim Stafford, Ron Block, Adam Steffey, Barry Bales and Larry Atamanuik. In 1992, Stafford was replaced by guitar and mandolin player Dan Tyminski and in 1998, Steffey left and was replaced by dobro player Jerry Douglas.

Ricky Skaggs American singer

Rickie Lee Skaggs, known professionally as Ricky Skaggs, is an American country and bluegrass singer, musician, producer, and composer. He primarily plays mandolin; however, he also plays fiddle, guitar, mandocaster and banjo.

In 2018, for the first time in the history of the category, there was a tie, resulting in both Rhonda Vincent and The Infamous Stringdusters winning the award.

Rhonda Vincent American musician

Rhonda Lea Vincent is an American bluegrass singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist.

The Infamous Stringdusters band that plays bluegrass music

The Infamous Stringdusters are a progressive acoustic/bluegrass band. The band emerged in 2007 with the album Fork in the Road on Sugar Hill Records. The band consists of Andy Hall (Dobro), Andy Falco (guitar), Chris Pandolfi (banjo), Jeremy Garrett (fiddle), and Travis Book. The band has become known for a complex, distinctive, and groove-friendly sound along with a bluegrass theme.

Recipients

Six-time award winner Alison Krauss, performing in 2007 Alison Krauss MerleFest 2007 01.jpg
Six-time award winner Alison Krauss, performing in 2007
Five-time award winner Ricky Skaggs (along with Kentucky Thunder), performing in 2007 Ricky skaggs performing.jpg
Five-time award winner Ricky Skaggs (along with Kentucky Thunder), performing in 2007
2001 award winner Dolly Parton Dolly Parton in Nashville cropped.jpg
2001 award winner Dolly Parton
Two-time award winner Jim Lauderdale Jim Lauderdale.jpg
Two-time award winner Jim Lauderdale
2003 award winner Ralph Stanley Dr. Ralph Stanley.jpg
2003 award winner Ralph Stanley
The 2006 award-winning group, Del McCoury Band, performing in 2005 HSB 2005 - Del McCoury Band.jpg
The 2006 award-winning group, Del McCoury Band, performing in 2005
2010 award winner Steve Martin Steve Martin 2011.jpg
2010 award winner Steve Martin
Year [I] ArtistWorkNomineesRef.
1989 Bill Monroe Southern Flavor [3]
1990 Bruce Hornsby and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band "The Valley Road"
[5]
1991 Alison Krauss I've Got That Old Feeling
[6]
1992 Carl Jackson and John StarlingSpring Training
[7]
1993 Alison Krauss and Union Station Every Time You Say Goodbye
[8]
1994 Nashville Bluegrass Band Waitin' for the Hard Times to Go
[9]
1995 Various artists [II] The Great Dobro Sessions
[10]
1996 Nashville Bluegrass Band Unleashed
[11]
1997 Various artists [III] True Life Blues: The Songs of Bill Monroe
[12]
1998 Alison Krauss and Union Station So Long So Wrong
  • Richard Greene and The Grass Is Greener – Sales Tax Toddle
  • Claire Lynch – Silver and Gold
  • Kate MacKenzie – Age of Innocence
  • Ralph StanleyShort Life of Trouble
[13]
1999 Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder Bluegrass Rules!
[14]
2000 Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder Ancient Tones
[15]
2001 Dolly Parton The Grass Is Blue
[16]
2002 Alison Krauss and Union Station New Favorite
[17]
2003 Clinch Mountain Boys, Jim Lauderdale, and Ralph Stanley Lost in the Lonesome Pines
  • Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver – The Hard Game of Love
  • Ralph StanleyRalph Stanley
  • Ralph Stanley II – Stanley Blues
  • Roland White Band – Jelly on My Tofu
[18]
2004 Alison Krauss and Union Station Live
[19]
2005 Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder Brand New Strings
[20]
2006 Del McCoury Band The Company We Keep
[21]
2007 Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder Instrumentals
[22]
2008 Jim Lauderdale The Bluegrass Diaries
[23]
2009 Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder Honoring the Fathers of Bluegrass: Tribute to 1946 and 1947
[24]
2010 Steve Martin The Crow: New Songs for the 5-String Banjo
[25]
2011 Patty Loveless Mountain Soul II
[26]
2012 Alison Krauss and Union Station Paper Airplane
2013 Steep Canyon Rangers Nobody Knows You
[27]
2014 Del McCoury Band The Streets of Baltimore
2015 The Earls of Leicester The Earls of Leicester
[28]
2016 The SteelDrivers The Muscle Shoals Recordings
2017 O'Connor Band with Mark O'Connor Coming Home
[29]
2018 TIE: Rhonda Vincent and the Rage and The Infamous Stringdusters TIE: All the Rage: In Concert Volume One [Live] (Rhonda Vincent) and Laws of Gravity (Infamous Stringdusters)
[30]
2019 The Travelin' McCourys The Travelin' McCourys
  • Mike Barnett — Portraits in Fiddles
  • Sister Sadie — II
  • The Special ConsensusRivers and Roads
  • Wood & Wire — North of Despair
[31]

^[I] Each year is linked to the article about the Grammy Awards held that year.
^[II] Awards were presented to Jerry Douglas and Tut Taylor as the producers of the album.
^[III] An award was presented to Todd Phillips as the producer of the album.

Robert Arthur "Tut" Taylor, Sr. was an American bluegrass musician.

Todd Phillips is an American double bassist. He has appeared on many innovative, as well as traditional, acoustic instrumental and bluegrass recordings made since the mid-1970s. A two-time Grammy Award winner and founding member of the original David Grisman Quintet, Phillips has made a career of performing and recording with acoustic music artists.

See also

Induction to the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame, called the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Honor from its creation in 1991 through 2006, is managed by the International Bluegrass Music Association, and the Hall itself is maintained at the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum, Owensboro, Kentucky.

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