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. The Grammys are the second of the Big Three major music awards held annually.

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 American 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 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 Best Pop Vocal Album and Best Country Album. Taylor Swift 084 (18118732900).jpg
2010 winner Taylor Swift is the only act to win the 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

1960s

YearArtistWork
1965
[4]
Roger Miller Dang Me/Chug-a-Lug
Chet Atkins Guitar Country
Johnny Cash Bitter Tears: Ballads of the American Indian
Buck Owens The Best of Buck Owens
Jim Reeves The Best of Jim Reeves
Hank Williams Jr. Hank Williams Jr. Sings Songs of Hank Williams
1966
[5]
Roger Miller The Return of Roger Miller
Eddy Arnold The Return of Roger Miller
Chet Atkins More of That Guitar Country
Jim Reeves The Jim Reeves Way
Hank Williams & Hank Williams Jr. Father and Son: Hank Williams and Hank Williams Jr.

1990s

YearArtistWork
1995
[6]
Mary Chapin Carpenter Stones in the Road
Asleep at the Wheel Tribute to the Music of Bob Wills and the Texas Playboy
Vince Gill When Love Finds You
Reba McEntire Read My Mind
Trisha Yearwood The Song Remembers When
1996
[7]
Shania Twain The Woman in Me
Junior Brown Junior High
The Mavericks Music for All Occasions
John Michael Montgomery John Michael Montgomery
Trisha Yearwood Thinkin' About You
Dwight Yoakam Dwight Live
1997
[8]
Lyle Lovett The Road to Ensenada
Brooks & Dunn Borderline
Vince Gill High Lonesome Sound
Patty Loveless The Trouble with the Truth
Trisha Yearwood Everybody Knows
Dwight Yoakam Gone
1998
[9]
Johnny Cash Unchained
Alan Jackson Everything I Love
Patty Loveless Long Stretch of Lonesome
George Strait Carrying Your Love with Me
Dwight Yoakam Under the Covers
1999
[10]
Dixie Chicks Wide Open Spaces
Garth Brooks Sevens
Faith Hill Faith
Shania Twain Come On Over
Trisha Yearwood Where Your Road Leads

2000s

YearArtistWork
2000
[11]
Dixie Chicks Fly
Asleep at the Wheel Ride with Bob
Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt & Dolly Parton Trio II
George Jones Cold Hard Truth
Alison Krauss Forget About It
2001
[12]
Faith Hill Breathe
Vince Gill Let's Make Sure We Kiss Goodbye
Alan Jackson Under the Influence
Lee Ann Womack I Hope You Dance
Trisha Yearwood Real Live Woman
2002
[13]
Various artists; Bonnie Garner, Luke Lewis and Mary Martin, producersTimeless: Hank Williams Tribute
Diamond Rio One More Day
Tim McGraw Set This Circus Down
Willie Nelson Rainbow Connection
Trisha Yearwood Inside Out
2003
[14]
Dixie Chicks Home
Alan Jackson Drive
Willie Nelson The Great Divide
Joe Nichols Man with a Memory
Dolly Parton Halos & Horns
2004
[15]
Various artists; Carl Jackson, producer Livin', Lovin', Losin': Songs of the Louvin Brothers
Faith Hill Cry
Lyle Lovett My Baby Don't Tolerate
Willie Nelson & Ray Price Run That by Me One More Time
Willie Nelson Live and Kickin'
Shania Twain Up!
2005
[16]
Loretta Lynn Van Lear Rose
Tim McGraw Live Like You Were Dying
Tiff Merritt Tambourine
Keith Urban Be Here
Gretchen Wilson Here for the Party
2006
[17]
Alison Krauss & Union Station Lonely Runs Both Ways
Faith Hill Fireflies
Brad Paisley Time Well Wasted
Gretchen Wilson All Jacked Up
Trisha Yearwood Jasper County
2007
[18]
Dixie Chicks Taking the Long Way
Alan Jackson Like Red on a Rose
Little Big Town The Road to Here
Willie Nelson You Don't Know Me: The Songs of Cindy Walker
Josh Turner Your Man
2008
[19]
Vince Gill These Days
Dierks Bentley Long Trip Alone
Tim McGraw Let It Go
Brad Paisley 5th Gear
George Strait It Just Comes Natural
2009
[20]
George Strait Troubadour
Jamey Johnson That Lonesome Song
Patty Loveless Sleepless Nights
Randy Travis Around the Bend
Trisha Yearwood Heaven, Heartache and the Power of Love

2010s

YearArtistWork
2010
[21]
Taylor Swift Fearless
Zac Brown Band The Foundation
George Strait Twang
Keith Urban Defying Gravity
Lee Ann Womack Call Me Crazy
2011
[22]
Lady Antebellum Need You Now
Dierks Bentley Up on the Ridge
Zac Brown Band You Get What You Give
Jamey Johnson The Guitar Song
Miranda Lambert Revolution
2012
[23]
Lady Antebellum Own the Night
Jason Aldean My Kinda Party
Eric Church Chief
Blake Shelton Red River Blue
George Strait Here for a Good Time
Taylor Swift Speak Now
2013
[24]
Zac Brown Band Uncaged
Hunter Hayes Hunter Hayes
Jamey Johnson Living for a Song: A Tribute to Hank Cochran
Miranda Lambert Four the Record
The Time Jumpers The Time Jumpers
2014
[25]
Kacey Musgraves Same Trailer Different Park
Jason Aldean Night Train
Tim McGraw Two Lanes of Freedom
Blake Shelton Based on a True Story...
Taylor Swift Red
2015
[26]
Miranda Lambert Platinum
Dierks Bentley Riser
Eric Church The Outsiders
Brandy Clark 12 Stories
Lee Ann Womack The Way I'm Livin'
2016
[27]
Chris Stapleton Traveller
Sam Hunt Montevallo
Little Big Town Pain Killer
Ashley Monroe The Blade
Kacey Musgraves Pageant Material
2017
[28]
Sturgill Simpson A Sailor's Guide to Earth
Brandy Clark Big Day in a Small Town
Loretta Lynn Full Circle
Maren Morris Hero
Keith Urban Ripcord
2018
[29]
Chris Stapleton From A Room: Volume 1
Kenny Chesney Cosmic Hallelujah
Lady Antebellum Heart Break
Little Big Town The Breaker
Thomas Rhett Life Changes
2019
[30]
Kacey Musgraves Golden Hour
Kelsea Ballerini Unapologetically
Brothers Osborne Port Saint Joe
Ashley McBryde Girl Going Nowhere
Chris Stapleton From A Room: Volume 2

^[I] Each year is linked to the article about the Grammy Awards held that year.

Artists with multiple wins

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

Kacey Lee Musgraves is an American singer and songwriter. She has won six Grammy Awards, four Country Music Association Awards and three Academy of Country Music Awards. Musgraves 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, she recorded two singles for Triple Pop in Austin, Texas.

Artists with multiple nominations

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