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 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 .

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.

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. 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".

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.

The Grammy Award for Best Traditional Folk Album was awarded from 1987 to 2011. Until 1993 the award was known as the Grammy Award for Best Traditional Folk Recording.

The Grammy Award for Best Ethnic or Traditional Folk Recording was awarded from 1960 to 1986. During this time the award had several minor name changes:

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.

The Grammy Award for Best Folk Album is an award presented at the Grammy Awards, a ceremony that was established in 1958 and originally called the Gramophone Awards, to recording artists for releasing albums in the folk 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".

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.

2010s

YearArtistWorkNominees
1987 Al Bunetta, Dan Einstein & Hank Neuberger (producers) for Tribute to Steve Goodman performed by various artists
1988 Steve Goodman for Unfinished Business
1989 Tracy Chapman for Tracy Chapman
1990 Indigo Girls for Indigo Girls
1991 Shawn Colvin for Steady On
1992 John Prine & Joe Romersa (engineer) for The Missing Years
1993 The Chieftains for Another Country
1994 Nanci Griffith for Other Voices, Other Rooms
1995 Johnny Cash for American Recordings
1996 Emmylou Harris for Wrecking Ball
1997 Bruce Springsteen for The Ghost of Tom Joad
1998 Bob Dylan for Time Out of Mind
1999 Lucinda Williams for Car Wheels on a Gravel Road
2000 Tom Waits for Mule Variations
2001 Malcolm Burn (engineer & producer), Jim Watts (engineer) & Emmylou Harris for Red Dirt Girl
2002 Chris Shaw (engineer) & Bob Dylan (producer & artist) for Love and Theft
2003 Alison Krauss (producer), Gary Paczosa (engineer/mixer) & Nickel Creek for This Side
2004 Warren Zevon for The Wind
2005 Ray Kennedy (engineer/mixer/producer) & Steve Earle for The Revolution Starts... Now
2006 John Prine for Fair & Square
2007 Bob Dylan for Modern Times
2008 Steve Earle for Washington Square Serenade
2009 Robert Plant & Alison Krauss for Raising Sand
2010 Steve Earle for Townes [1]
2011 Ray LaMontagne & The Pariah Dogs for God Willin' and the Creek Don't Rise

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