Grammy Award for Best Traditional Folk Album

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Grammy Award for Best Traditional Folk Album
Awarded for quality traditional folk music albums
Country United States
Presented by National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences
First awarded 1987
Last awarded 2011
Website grammy.com

The Grammy Award for Best Traditional Folk Album was awarded from 1987 to 2011. Until 1993 the award was known as the Grammy Award for Best Traditional Folk Recording.

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.

An award for Best Contemporary Folk Album was also presented. Prior to 1987 contemporary and traditional folk were combined as the Best Ethnic or Traditional Folk Recording.

The Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Folk Album was awarded from 1987 to 2011. Until 1993 the award was known as the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Folk Recording. In 2007, this category was renamed Best Contemporary Folk/Americana Album. As of 2010 the category was split into two categories; Best Contemporary Folk Album and Best Americana Album.

The Grammy Award for Best Ethnic or Traditional Folk Recording was awarded from 1960 to 1986. During this time the award had several minor name changes:

The award was discontinued in a major overhaul of Grammy categories. In 2012 this category was merged with Best Contemporary Folk Album to form the new Best Folk Album category.

The Grammy Award for Best Folk Album is an award presented at the Grammy Awards, a ceremony that was established in 1958 and originally called the Gramophone Awards, to recording artists for releasing albums in the folk 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".

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

Winners and nominees

YearArtistWorkNominees
1987 Doc Watson Riding the Midnight Train
1988 Ladysmith Black Mambazo Shaka Zulu
1989 Various Artists Folkways: A Vision Shared
1990 Bulgarian State Television Female Vocal Choir Le Mystere Des Voix Bulgares, Volume II
1991 Doc Watson On Praying Ground
1992 Various Artists The Civil War
1993 The Chieftains An Irish Evening
1994 The Chieftains The Celtic Harp: A Tribute to Edward Bunting
1995 Bob Dylan World Gone Wrong
1996 Ramblin' Jack Elliott South Coast
1997 Pete Seeger Pete
1998 BeauSoleil L'Amour Ou La Folie
1999 The Chieftains Long Journey Home
2000 June Carter Cash Press On
2001 Dave Alvin Public Domain
2002 Various Artists Down from the Mountain
2003 Doc Watson Legacy
2004 June Carter Cash Wildwood Flower
2005 Various Artists Beautiful Dreamer
2006 Tim O'Brien Fiddler's Green
2007 Bruce Springsteen We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions
2008 Levon Helm Dirt Farmer
2009 Pete Seeger At 89
2010 Loudon Wainwright III High Wide & Handsome: The Charlie Poole Project
2011 Carolina Chocolate Drops Genuine Negro Jig

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