Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Folk Album

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The Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Folk Album was awarded from 1987 to 2011. Until 1991 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 .

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An award for Best Traditional Folk Album was also presented. Prior to 1987 contemporary and traditional folk were combined as the Best Ethnic or Traditional Folk Recording.

Following the 2011 Grammy Award ceremony, the award was discontinued due to a major overhaul of Grammy categories. Beginning in 2012, this category merged with the Best Traditional Folk Album category to form the new Best Folk Album category.

Years reflect the year in which the Grammy Awards were presented, for works released in the previous year.

At three wins each, Bob Dylan and Steve Earle are the category's biggest winners.

Winners & Nominees

1980s

YearWinner(s)TitleNomineesRef.
1987 Al Bunetta, Dan Einstein, Hank Neuberger (producer), various artistsTribute to Steve Goodman [1]
1988 Steve Goodman Unfinished Business [2]
1989 Tracy Chapman Tracy Chapman [3]

1990s

YearWinner(s)TitleNomineesRef.
1990 Indigo Girls Indigo Girls [4]
1991 Shawn Colvin Steady On
[5]
1992 Joe Romersa (eningeer), John Prine The Missing Years
[6]
1993 The Chieftains Another Country [7]
1994 Nanci Griffith Other Voices, Other Rooms [8]
1995 Johnny Cash American Recordings [9]
1996 Emmylou Harris Wrecking Ball [10]
1997 Bruce Springsteen The Ghost of Tom Joad [11]
1998 Bob Dylan Time Out of Mind
[12]
1999 Lucinda Williams Car Wheels on a Gravel Road [13]

2000s

YearWinner(s)TitleNomineesRef.
2000 Tom Waits Mule Variations
[14]
2001 Emmylou Harris Red Dirt Girl [15]
2002 Bob Dylan Love and Theft
[16]
2003 Nickel Creek This Side [17]
2004 Warren Zevon The Wind [18]
2005 Steve Earle The Revolution Starts... Now
[19]
2006 John Prine Fair & Square [20]
2007 Bob Dylan Modern Times [21]
2008 Steve Earle Washington Square Serenade [22]
2009 Robert Plant, Alison Krauss Raising Sand [23]
2010 Steve Earle Townes [24]
2011 Ray LaMontagne, The Pariah Dogs God Willin' and the Creek Don't Rise [25]

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