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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 .
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.
|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|
|2011||Ray LaMontagne & The Pariah Dogs for God Willin' and the Creek Don't Rise|