Grammy Award for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal

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The Grammy Award for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal was awarded from 1970 to 2011. The award has had several minor name changes:

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 award was discontinued after the 2011 Grammy Awards in a major overhaul of Grammy categories. From 2012, all duo or group performances in the country category were shifted to the newly formed Best Country Duo/Group Performance category.

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

Multiple Winners

Both Dixie Chicks and The Judds have been honored with 5 trophies in this category. Other multiple winners include Alison Krauss and Union Station, and Emmylou Harris who have won 3 apiece, and Asleep at the Wheel, Brooks and Dunn, Alabama, Rita Coolidge & Kris Kristofferson and Lady Antebellum all of whom have won 2.

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".

The Judds American country music duo

The Judds were an American country music duo composed of Naomi Judd and her daughter, Wynonna Judd. The duo signed to RCA Records in 1983 and released six studio albums between then and 1991. The Judds were one of the most successful acts in country music history, winning five Grammy Awards for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal, and eight Country Music Association awards. They also had 25 singles on the country music charts between 1983 and 2000, of which 14 went to No. 1. After eight successful years as a duet, the Judds ceased performing in 1991 after Naomi was diagnosed with Hepatitis C. Soon after, Wynonna embarked on a highly successful solo career. The two have occasionally reunited for special tours, the most recent of which began in late 2010.

Emmylou Harris American musician

Emmylou Harris is an American singer, songwriter, and musician. She has released dozens of albums and singles over the course of her career and won 14 Grammys, the Polar Music Prize, and numerous other honors, including induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame. In 2018 she was presented the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.


2011 Lady Antebellum "Need You Now"

2010 Lady Antebellum"I Run to You"


2009 Sugarland"Stay"

2008 Eagles "How Long"

2007 Dixie Chicks"Not Ready to Make Nice"

2006 Alison Krauss & Union Station "Restless"

2005 Dixie Chicks"Top of the World"

2004 Ricky Scaggs and Kentucky Thunder "A Simple Life"

2003 Dixie Chicks"Long Time Gone"

2002 Alison Krauss & Union Station"The Lucky One"

2001 Asleep at the Wheel"Cherokee Maiden"

2000 Dixie Chicks"Ready to Run"


1999 Dixie Chicks "There's Your Trouble"

1998 Alison Krauss & Union Station"Looking in the Eyes of Love"

1997 Brooks & Dunn "My Maria"

1996 The Mavericks"Here Comes the Rain"

1995 Asleep at the Wheel & Lyle Lovett "Blues for Dixie"

1994 Brooks & Dunn"Hard Workin' Man"

1993 Emmylou Harris & the Nash Ramblers At the Ryman

1992 The Judds "Love Can Build a Bridge"

1991 The Kentucky Headhunters"Pickin' on Nashville"

1990 Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Will the Circle Be Unbroken: Volume Two


1989 The Judds"Give a Little Love"

1988 Emmylou Harris, Dolly Parton & Linda Ronstadt Trio

1987 The Judds"Grandpa (Tell Me 'Bout the Good Ol' Days)"

1986 The Judds Why Not Me

1985 The Judds"Mama He's Crazy"

1984 Alabama The Closer You Get...

1983 Alabama Mountain Music

1982 Oak Ridge Boys"Elvira"

1981 Emmylou Harris & Roy Orbison"That Lovin' You Feelin Again"

1980 Charlie Daniels Band"The Devil Went Down to Georgia"


Waylon Jennings 20th-century American country music singer, songwriter, and musician

Waylon Arnold Jennings was an American singer, songwriter, and musician. In 1958, Buddy Holly arranged Jennings's first recording session, and hired him to play bass. Jennings gave up his seat on the ill-fated flight in 1959 that crashed and killed Holly, J. P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson and Ritchie Valens. During the 1970s, Jennings was instrumental in the inception of Outlaw country movement, and recorded country music's first platinum album, Wanted! The Outlaws with Willie Nelson, Tompall Glaser, and Jessi Colter.

Willie Nelson American country music singer-songwriter

Willie Hugh Nelson is an American singer, songwriter, musician, actor, producer, author, poet, and activist. The critical success of the album Shotgun Willie (1973), combined with the critical and commercial success of Red Headed Stranger (1975) and Stardust (1978), made Nelson one of the most recognized artists in country music. He was one of the main figures of outlaw country, a subgenre of country music that developed in the late 1960s as a reaction to the conservative restrictions of the Nashville sound. Nelson has acted in over 30 films, co-authored several books, and has been involved in activism for the use of biofuels and the legalization of marijuana.

The Kendalls were an American country music duo, consisting of Royce Kendall and his daughter Jeannie Kendall. Between the 1960s and 1990s, they released sixteen albums on various labels, including five on Mercury Records. Between 1977 and 1985, 22 of their singles reached the top 40 on Billboards country singles charts, including three number one hits, "Heaven's Just a Sin Away", "Sweet Desire", and "Thank God for the Radio"; eight additional singles reached the Top Ten.

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