Grammy Award for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album

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Grammy Award for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
Awarded forQuality albums containing 51% or more playing time of vocal tracks [1] in the "traditional" genre (Great American Songbook) [2]
CountryUnited States
Presented by National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences
First awarded1992
Currently held by Willie Nelson, My Way (2019)
Website grammy.com

The Grammy Award for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album is an award presented to recording artists at the Grammy Awards, a ceremony that was established in 1958 and originally called the Gramophone Awards. [3] 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". [4]

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.

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The award has been presented every year since 1992, though the award has had two name changes throughout its history. In 1992 the award was known as Best Traditional Pop Performance, from 1993 to 2000 the award was known as Best Traditional Pop Vocal Performance, and since 2001 it has been awarded as Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album. Apart from the first year it was presented, the award has been designated for "albums containing 51% or more playing time of vocal tracks", with "traditional" referring to the "composition, vocal styling, and the instrumental arrangement" of the body of music known as the Great American Songbook. [1] [2]

The Great American Songbook, also known as "American Standards", is the canon of the most important and influential American popular songs and jazz standards from the early 20th century. Although several collections of music have been published under the title, it does not refer to any actual book or specific list of songs, but to a loosely defined set including the most popular and enduring songs from the 1920s to the 1950s that were created for Broadway theatre, musical theatre, and Hollywood musical film. They have been recorded and performed by a large number and wide range of singers, instrumental bands, and jazz musicians. The Great American Songbook comprises standards by George Gershwin, Cole Porter, and Irving Berlin, and also Jerome Kern, Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer, Richard Rodgers, and others. Although the songs have never gone out of style among traditional and jazz singers and musicians, a renewed popular interest in the Great American Songbook beginning in the 1970s has led a growing number of rock and pop singers to take an interest and issue recordings of them.

The 1992 award was presented to Natalie Cole for the "spliced-together" duet of her and her father, Nat King Cole, performing his original recording of "Unforgettable". [5] This is the only instance in which the traditional pop award was awarded for a song, as opposed to an album. Prior to 2001, the Grammy was presented to the performing artists only; since then the award has been given to the performing artists, the engineers/mixers, as well as the producers.

Natalie Cole American singer and songwriter

Natalie Maria Cole was an American singer, voice actress, songwriter, and actress. Cole is daughter of the acclaimed and pioneering American singer and jazz pianist Nat King Cole. She rose to musical success in the mid-1970s as an R&B artist with the hits "This Will Be", "Inseparable" (1975), and "Our Love" (1977). Cole re-emerged as a pop artist with the 1987 album Everlasting and her cover of Bruce Springsteen's "Pink Cadillac". In the 1990s, she re-recorded standards by her father, resulting in her biggest success, Unforgettable... with Love, which sold over seven million copies and also won Cole seven Grammy Awards. She sold over 30 million records worldwide. On December 31, 2015, Cole died at the age of 65 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California, due to congestive heart failure.

Duet musical composition or arrangement for two performers

A duet is a musical composition for two performers in which the performers have equal importance to the piece, often a composition involving two singers or two pianists. It differs from a harmony, as the performers take turns performing a solo section rather than performing simultaneously. A piece performed by two pianists performing together on the same piano is a "piano duet" or "piano four hands". A piece for two pianists performing together on separate pianos is a "piano duo".

Nat King Cole American singer and jazz pianist

Nathaniel Adams Cole, known professionally as Nat King Cole, was an American jazz pianist and vocalist. He recorded over one hundred songs that became hits on the pop charts. His trio was the model for small jazz ensembles that followed. Cole also acted in films and on television and performed on Broadway. He was the first African American man to host an American television series.

As of 2016, Tony Bennett holds the record for the most wins in this category, with thirteen (including one along with k.d. lang, one with Lady Gaga and one with Bill Charlap). Natalie Cole and Michael Bublé are the only other recipients to receive the award more than once.

Tony Bennett American singer

Anthony Dominick Benedetto, known professionally as Tony Bennett, is an American singer of traditional pop standards, big band, show tunes, and jazz. He is also a painter, having created works under the name Anthony Benedetto that are on permanent public display in several institutions. He is the founder of the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts in Astoria, Queens, New York.

k.d. lang Canadian singer-songwriter

Kathryn Dawn Lang, known by her stage name k.d. lang, is a Canadian pop and country singer-songwriter and occasional actress.

Lady Gaga American singer, songwriter, and actress

Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, known professionally as Lady Gaga, is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. She is known for her unconventionality and provocative work, as well as visual experimentation. Gaga began performing as a teenager, singing at open mic nights and acting in school plays. She studied at Collaborative Arts Project 21, through New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, before dropping out to pursue a music career. After Def Jam Recordings canceled her contract, Gaga worked as a songwriter for Sony/ATV Music Publishing, where Akon helped her sign a joint deal with Interscope Records and his own label KonLive Distribution in 2007. She rose to prominence the following year with her debut album, the electropop record The Fame, and its chart-topping singles "Just Dance" and "Poker Face". A follow-up EP, The Fame Monster (2009), featuring the singles "Bad Romance", "Telephone", and "Alejandro", also proved successful.

Recipients

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Thirteen-time award winner Tony Bennett
Two-time award winner Natalie Cole Nataliecole2007.jpg
Two-time award winner Natalie Cole
2002 award winner, Harry Connick, Jr., performing in 2007 Harry Connick, Jr..jpg
2002 award winner, Harry Connick, Jr., performing in 2007
2004 award winner, k.d. lang, performing in 2008 Kd lang 2.jpg
2004 award winner, k.d. lang, performing in 2008
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2005 award winner, Rod Stewart
Four-time award winner Michael Bublé at the Juno Awards of 2009 Michael Buble by Dallas Bittle crop.jpg
Four-time award winner Michael Bublé at the Juno Awards of 2009
2015 award winner Lady Gaga Tony Bennett & Lady GaGa, Cheek to Cheek Tour 06 edited.jpg
2015 award winner Lady Gaga
Year [I] Performing artist(s)WorkNomineesRef.
1992 Natalie Cole Unforgettable... with Love [6]
[7]
1993 Tony Bennett Perfectly Frank
[8]
1994 Tony Bennett Steppin' Out [9]
1995 Tony Bennett MTV Unplugged: Tony Bennett [10]
1996 Frank Sinatra Duets II
[11]
1997 Tony Bennett Here's to the Ladies [12]
1998 Tony Bennett Tony Bennett on Holiday [13]
1999 Patti Page Live at Carnegie Hall: The 50th Anniversary Concert
[14]
2000 Tony Bennett Bennett Sings Ellington: Hot & Cool [15]
2001 Joni Mitchell Both Sides Now [16]
2002 Harry Connick, Jr. Songs I Heard [17]
2003 Tony Bennett Playin' with My Friends: Bennett Sings the Blues [18]
2004 Tony Bennett and k.d. lang A Wonderful World [19]
2005 Rod Stewart Stardust: The Great American Songbook, Volume III
[20]
2006 Tony Bennett The Art of Romance [21]
2007 Tony Bennett Duets: An American Classic [22]
2008 Michael Bublé Call Me Irresponsible [23]
2009 Natalie Cole Still Unforgettable [24]
2010 Michael Bublé Michael Bublé Meets Madison Square Garden [25]
2011 Michael Bublé Crazy Love [26]
2012 Tony Bennett Duets II [27]
2013 Paul McCartney Kisses on the Bottom [28]
2014 Michael Bublé To Be Loved [29]
2015 Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga Cheek to Cheek [30]
2016 Tony Bennett and Bill Charlap The Silver Lining: The Songs of Jerome Kern [31]
2017 Willie Nelson Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin [32]
2018
  • (Various artists)
  • Dae Bennett, producer [II]
Tony Bennett Celebrates 90 [33]
2019 Willie Nelson My Way [34]

Artists with multiple wins

Artists with multiple nominations

See also

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