Grammy Award for Best Country Album

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Grammy Award for Best Country Album
Awarded forquality albums in the country music genre
CountryUnited States
Presented by National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences
First awarded1965
Currently held by Kacey Musgraves,
Golden Hour (2019)
Website grammy.com

The Grammy Award for Best Country 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 albums in the country 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).

Country music, also known as country and western, and hillbilly music, is a genre of popular music that originated in the southern United States in the early 1920s. It takes its roots from genres such as folk music and blues.

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The award was first presented under the name of Best Country & Western Album in 1966 to Roger Miller for Dang Me/Chug-A-Lug and was discontinued the following year. In 1995 the category was revived and received its current denomination of Best Country Album. According to the category description guide for the 54th Grammy Awards, the award is presented to vocal or instrumental country albums containing at least 51% playing time of new recordings. [3]

Roger Miller Singer-songwriter, musician, actor

Roger Dean Miller, Sr. was an American singer-songwriter, musician, and actor, widely known for his honky-tonk-influenced novelty songs and his chart-topping country and pop hits "King of the Road", "Dang Me", and "England Swings", all from the mid-1960s Nashville sound era.

The Dixie Chicks are the most awarded performers in this category with four wins. Two-time award winners include Roger Miller, Lady Antebellum, Chris Stapleton, and Kacey Musgraves. Canadian singer Shania Twain is the only non-American winner in this category, to date. Trisha Yearwood holds the record for most nominations, with eight. Yearwood also holds the record for most nominations without a win.

Dixie Chicks American country music band

Dixie Chicks are an American music group composed of founding members Martie Erwin Maguire and Emily Erwin Robison, and lead singer Natalie Maines. The band formed in 1989 in Dallas, Texas, and was originally composed of four women performing bluegrass and country music, busking and touring the bluegrass festival circuits and small venues for six years without attracting a major label. After the departure of one bandmate, the replacement of their lead singer, and a slight change in their repertoire, the Dixie Chicks soon achieved commercial success, beginning in 1998 with hit songs "There's Your Trouble" and "Wide Open Spaces".

Lady Antebellum American band

Lady Antebellum is an American country music group formed in Nashville, Tennessee in 2006. The group is composed of Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley, and Dave Haywood. Scott is the daughter of country music singer Linda Davis, and Kelley is the brother of pop singer Josh Kelley.

Chris Stapleton American country music singer-songwriter

Christopher Alvin Stapleton is an American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and record producer. He was born in Lexington, Kentucky, and grew up in Staffordsville, Kentucky, until moving to Nashville, Tennessee, in 2001 to pursue a career in music writing songs. Subsequently, Stapleton signed a contract with Sea Gayle Music to write and publish his music.

Recipients

1996 winner Shania Twain the first and so far only non-American winner. ShaniaTwain3.jpg
1996 winner Shania Twain the first and so far only non-American winner.
Dixie Chicks the most awarded performers with four wins. DixieChicksMSG062003.jpg
Dixie Chicks the most awarded performers with four wins.
2001 winner Faith Hill Faith Hill 2006.jpg
2001 winner Faith Hill
2009 winner George Strait George Strait on stage.jpg
2009 winner George Strait
2010 winner Taylor Swift is the only act to win the Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Album and Best Country Album. Swift, Taylor (2007) cropped.jpg
2010 winner Taylor Swift is the only act to win the Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Album and Best Country Album.
Lady Antebellum, three-time nominees and 2011 and 2012 winners Lady Antebellum 2008.jpg
Lady Antebellum, three-time nominees and 2011 and 2012 winners
2015 winner Miranda Lambert Miranda Lambert.jpg
2015 winner Miranda Lambert
2016 and 2018 winner Chris Stapleton Chris Stapleton May 23, 2017.jpg
2016 and 2018 winner Chris Stapleton
2017 winner Sturgill Simpson Sturgill Simpson photo 2016.jpg
2017 winner Sturgill Simpson
Year [I] Performing artist(s)WorkNomineesRef.
1965 Roger Miller Dang Me/Chug-a-Lug [4]
1966 Roger Miller The Return of Roger Miller [5]
1995 Mary Chapin Carpenter Stones in the Road [6]
1996 Shania Twain The Woman in Me [7]
1997 Lyle Lovett The Road to Ensenada [8]
1998 Johnny Cash Unchained [9]
1999 Dixie Chicks Wide Open Spaces [10]
2000 Dixie Chicks Fly [11]
2001 Faith Hill Breathe [12]
2002 Various artists [II] Timeless: Hank Williams Tribute [13]
2003 Dixie Chicks Home [14]
2004 Various artists [III] Livin', Lovin', Losin': Songs of the Louvin Brothers [15]
2005 Loretta Lynn Van Lear Rose [16]
2006 Alison Krauss and Union Station Lonely Runs Both Ways [17]
2007 Dixie Chicks Taking the Long Way [18]
2008 Vince Gill These Days [19]
2009 George Strait Troubadour [20]
2010 Taylor Swift Fearless [21]
2011 Lady Antebellum Need You Now [22]
2012 Lady Antebellum Own the Night [23]
2013 Zac Brown Band Uncaged [24]
2014 Kacey Musgraves Same Trailer Different Park [25]
2015 Miranda Lambert Platinum [26]
2016 Chris Stapleton Traveller [27]
2017 Sturgill Simpson A Sailor's Guide to Earth
2018 Chris Stapleton From A Room: Volume 1 [28]
2019 Kacey Musgraves Golden Hour [29]

^[I] Each year is linked to the article about the Grammy Awards held that year.
^[II] Awards were presented to Bonnie Garner, Luke Lewis and Mary Martin as the producers of the album.
^[III] An award was presented to Carl Jackson as the producer of the album.

Carl Eugene Jackson is an American country and bluegrass musician. Jackson's first Grammy was awarded in 1992 for his duet album with John Starling titled "Spring Training." In 2003 Jackson produced the Grammy Award-winning CD titled Livin', Lovin', Losin': Songs of the Louvin Brothers - a tribute to Ira and Charlie Louvin. He also recorded one of the songs on the CD, a collection of duets featuring such artists as James Taylor, Alison Krauss, Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash, Emmylou Harris, and others.

Artists with multiple wins

4 wins
2 wins
Kacey Musgraves American country music singer-songwriter

Kacey Lee Musgraves is a Grammy Award winning American country music singer and songwriter. She self-released three albums before appearing on the fifth season of the USA Network's singing competition Nashville Star in 2007, where she placed seventh. In 2008, Musgraves recorded two singles for Triple Pop in Austin, Texas.

Artists with multiple nominations

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