Grammy Award for Best Recording Package

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Grammy Award for Best Recording Package
Awarded forquality visual look of an album
CountryUnited States
Presented by National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences
First awarded1959
Website grammy.com

The Grammy Award for Best Recording Package is one of a series of Grammy Awards presented for the visual look of an album. It is presented to the art director of the winning album, not to the performer(s), unless the performer is also the art director.

The Grammy Award for Best Album Cover dates back to the first Grammy Awards in 1959. From 1962 to 1965 it was separated into Classical and Non-Classical divisions. From 1966 to 1968 it was separated into Graphic Arts and Photography divisions. In 1974, the name of the award was changed to Best Album Package, and changed again in 1994 to the current name.

In 1995, boxed sets were no longer eligible, as they were split off into a separate award, currently known as the Grammy Award for Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package.

The Grammy Award for Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package has been presented since 1995 to an album's art directors. The award is not bestowed upon or shared by the artist unless they are also a credited art director.

Nominees and winners

YearWinner(s)WorkPerformer(s)NomineesRef.
1959 Frank Sinatra Frank Sinatra Sings for Only the Lonely Frank Sinatra
[1]
1959 Robert M. Jones Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5 Howard Mitchell (conducting the National Symphony Orchestra)
[2]
1961 Marvin Schwartz Latin ala Lee! Peggy Lee
[3]
1962 – Other Than ClassicalJim Silke Judy at Carnegie Hall Judy Garland
[4]
1962 – ClassicalMarvin Schwartz Puccini: Madame Butterfly Marvin Schwartz
[4]
1963 – Other Than ClassicalRobert M. JonesLena... Lovely and Alive Lena Horne
[5]
1963 – ClassicalMarvin SchwartzThe Intimate BachMarvin Schwartz
[5]
1964 – Other Than Classical John Berg The Barbra Streisand Album Barbra Streisand
[6]
1964 – ClassicalRobert M. JonesPuccini: Madama ButterflyRobert M. Jones
[6]
1965 – Other Than ClassicalRobert Cato and Don Bronstein People Barbra Streisand
[7]
1965 – ClassicalRobert M. Jones and Jan Balet Saint-Saëns: Carnival of the Animals/Britten: Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra Arthur Fiedler conducting the Boston Pops
[7]
1966 – Graphic ArtsGeorge Estes and James Alexander Bartók: Concerto No. 2 for Violin/Stravinsky: Concerto for Violin Joseph Silverstein & Erich Leinsdorf conducting the Boston Symphony Orchestra
[8]
1966 – PhotographyRobert M. Jones and Ken WhitmoreJazz Suite on the Mass Texts Paul Horn
[8]
1967 – Graphic Arts Klaus Voormann Revolver The Beatles
[9]
1967 – PhotographyRobert M. Jones and Les LeveretteConfessions of a Broken Man Porter Wagoner
[9]
1968 – Graphic Arts Peter Blake and Jann Haworth Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band The Beatles
[10]
1968 – Photography John Berg, Bob Cato, and Rowland Scherman Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits Bob Dylan
  • Bill Harvey, Guy Webster, and Joel Brodsky for The Doors , performed by The Doors
  • Robert M. Jones and Jimmy Moore for Suburban Attitudes in Country Verse, performed by John Loudermilk
  • Robert M. Jones and New World Photography for Earthwords & Music , performed by John Hartford
  • Robert M. Jones and Howard Cooper for From Mexico with Laughs, performed by Don Bowman
  • Ken Kim for Bravo, Bravo, Aznavour, performed by Charles Aznavour
  • Ken Kim for That Man, Robert Mitchum Sings, performed by Robert Mitchum
[10]
1969 John Berg, Richard Mantel, and Horn/Griner Studio Underground Thelonious Monk
[11]
1970 Evelyn J. Kelbish and David StahlbergAmerica the BeautifulGary McFarland
[12]
1971 Robert Lockhart and Ivan Nagy Indianola Mississippi Seeds B. B. King
[13]
1972 Gene Brownell and Dean O. Torrence PollutionPollution
[14]
1973 Acy Lehman and Harvey Dinnerstein The Siegel-Schwall Band The Siegel-Schwall Band
[15]
1974 Wilkes & Braun Tommy London Symphony Orchestra and Chambre Choir
[16]
1975 Ed Thrasher and Christopher WhorfCome & Gone Mason Proffit
[17]
1976 Jim Ladwig Honey Ohio Players
[18]
1977 John Berg Chicago X Chicago
[19]
1978 John Berg Love Notes Ramsey Lewis
[20]
1979 Johnny Lee and Tony Lane Boys in the Trees Carly Simon
[21]
1980 Mike Doud and Mick Haggerty Breakfast in America Supertramp
[22]
1981 Roy Kohara Against the Wind Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band
[23]
1982 Peter Corriston Tattoo You The Rolling Stones
[24]
1983 Kosh and Ron Larson Get Closer Linda Ronstadt
[25]
1984 Robert Rauschenberg Speaking in Tongues Talking Heads
[26]
1985 Janet Perr She's So Unusual Cyndi Lauper
[27]
1986 Kosh and Ron Larson Lush Life Linda Ronstadt
[28]
1987 Eiko Ishioka Tutu Miles Davis
[29]
1988 Bill Johnson King's Record Shop Rosanne Cash
[30]
1989 Bill JohnsonTired of the Runnin The O'Kanes
[31]
1990 Roger Gorman Sound + Vision David Bowie
[32]
1991 Len Peltier, Jeffrey Gold, and Suzanne Vega Days of Open Hand Suzanne Vega
[33]
1992 VartanThe Complete Decca Recordings Billie Holiday
[34]
1993 Melanie Nissen Spellbound Paula Abdul
[35]
1994 David LauThe Complete Billie Holiday on Verve 1945–1959 Billie Holiday
[36]
1995 Buddy JacksonTribute to the Music of Bob Willis and the Texas Playboys Asleep at the Wheel
[37]
1996 Robbie Cavolina and Joni Mitchell Turbulent Indigo Joni Mitchell
[38]
1997 Andy Engel and Tommy SteeleUltra-Lounge (Leopard Skin Sampler)Various Artists
[39]
1998 Hugh Brown, Al Q, and Jeff SmithTitanic: Music As Heard on the Fateful VoyageVarious Artists
[40]
1999 Kevin Reagan Ray of Light Madonna
[41]
2000 Ray Benson, Sally Carns, and Buddy Jackson Ride With Bob Asleep at the Wheel
  • Carla Leighton for Bleecker Street: Greenwich Village in the 1960s, performed by Various Artists
  • Tammy Dotson, Michael Hodgson, and Clive Piercy for Late Night Sessions, performed by Caravana Cubana
  • Brad Benedict, Andy Engel, Johnny Lee, and Tommy Steele for Ultra-Lounge: Tiki Sampler, performed by Various Artists
  • Joseph Arthur and Zachary Larner for Vacancy, performed by Joseph Arthur
[42]
2001 Kevin Reagan Music Madonna
[44]
2002 Stanley Donwood and Tchocky Amnesiac (Special Limited Edition) Radiohead
[45]
2003 Kevin Reagan Home Dixie Chicks
[46]
2004 Ani DiFranco and Brian Grunert Evolve Ani DiFranco
[47]
2005 Peter Buchanan-Smith and Dan Nadel A Ghost Is Born Wilco
[48]
2006 Aimee Mann and Gail Marowitz The Forgotten Arm Aimee Mann
[49]
2007 Adam Jones 10,000 Days Tool
[50]
2008 Zachary Nipper Cassadaga Bright Eyes
[51]
2009 Metallica Death Magnetic Metallica
[52]
2010 Stefan Sagmeister Everything That Happens Will Happen Today David Byrne & Brian Eno
[53]
2011 Michael Carney Brothers The Black Keys
[54]
2012 Caroline Robert The Suburbs (Deluxe) [55] Arcade Fire
[56]
2013 Michael Amzalag & Mathias Augustyniak Biophilia Björk
[57]
2014 Sarah Dodds and Shauna DoddsLong Night Moon Reckless Kelly
[58]
2015 Jeff Ament, Don Pendleton, Joe Spix, and Jerome Turner Lightning Bolt Pearl Jam
[59]
2016 Sarah Dodds, Shauna Dodds & Dick Reeves Still the King: Celebrating the Music of Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys Asleep at the Wheel
[60]
2017 Jonathan Barnbrook Blackstar David Bowie
[61]
2018 TIE: Carlos Dussan, Juliana Jaramillo, Juan Martinez & Claudio Roncoli / Sasha Barr, Ed Steed & Josh Tillman TIE: El Orisha De La Rosa / Pure Comedy (Deluxe Edition) TIE: Magín Díaz / Father John Misty
[62]
2019 Willo Perron Masseduction St. Vincent
[63]

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