Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Composition

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Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Composition
Awarded forquality instrumental compositions
CountryUnited States
Presented by National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences
First awarded1960
Last awarded2017
Website grammy.com

The Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Composition (including its previous names) has been awarded since 1960. The award is presented to the composer of an original piece of music (not an adaptation), first released during the eligibility year. In theory, any style of music is eligible for this category, but winning compositions are usually in the jazz or film score genres.

Grammy Award accolade by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States

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The Grammy is awarded to the composer(s) of the music, not to the performing artist, except if the artist is also the composer. There have been several minor changes to the name of the award:

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

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2018

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Chucho Valdés Cuban musician

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Le Boeuf Brothers

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59th Annual Grammy Awards (2017)

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58th Annual Grammy Awards (2016)

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57th Annual Grammy Awards (2015)

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56th Annual Grammy Awards (2014)

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55th Annual Grammy Awards (2013)

Nominees (performing artists, followed by the title of the composition, with performer(s) and album title in parentheses)

54th Annual Grammy Awards (2012)

Nominees (artists names, followed by album title, in parentheses)

53rd Annual Grammy Awards (2011)

52nd Annual Grammy Awards (2010)

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