Grammy Award for Best World Music Album

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Grammy Award for Best World Music Album
Awarded forQuality world music albums
CountryUnited States
Presented by National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences
First awarded1992
Last awarded2018
Website grammy.com

The Grammy Award for Best World Music Album is an honor presented to recording artists for quality albums in the world music genre at the Grammy Awards, a ceremony that was established in 1958 and originally called the Gramophone Awards. [1] 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". [2]

World music is a musical category encompassing many different styles of music from around the globe, which includes many genres including some forms of Western music represented by folk music, Jazz, as well as selected forms of ethnic music, indigenous music, neotraditional music, and music where more than one cultural tradition, such as ethnic music and Western popular music, intermingle.

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. It shares recognition of the music industry as that of the other performance awards such as the Academy Awards (film), the Emmy Awards (television), and the Tony Awards (theater).

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The award for Best World Music Album, reserved for international performers exhibiting "non-European, indigenous traditions", was first presented to Mickey Hart in 1992 for the album Planet Drum . [3] [4] In 1996, Academy trustees attempted to solve the problem of "compressing 75% or more of the world's music into a single award category" by broadening the definition of "world music" to include non-Western classical music. [5] Beginning in 2001, award recipients included the producers, engineers, and/or mixers associated with the nominated work in addition to the recording artists. Following the 45th Grammy Awards (2003), the award was split into two separate categories for Best Traditional World Music Album and Best Contemporary World Music Album. In 2012, the two categories were merged back to Best World Music Album. [6]

Mickey Hart American musician

Mickey Hart is an American percussionist and musicologist. He is best known as one of the two drummers of the rock band Grateful Dead. He was a member of the Grateful Dead from September 1967 until the group disbanded in August 1995. He and fellow Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann earned the nickname "the rhythm devils".

<i>Planet Drum</i> album by Mickey Hart

Planet Drum is a world music album by Mickey Hart, a musician and musicologist who was a member of the rock band the Grateful Dead.

Record producer individual who oversees and manages the recording of an artists music

A record producer or music producer oversees and manages the sound recording and production of a band or performer's music, which may range from recording one song to recording a lengthy concept album. A producer has many, varying roles during the recording process. They may gather musical ideas for the project, collaborate with the artists to select cover tunes or original songs by the artist/group, work with artists and help them to improve their songs, lyrics or arrangements.

Ry Cooder and Ravi Shankar are the only performing artist to win the award more than once: Cooder won in 1994 with Vishwa Mohan Bhatt and in 1995 with Ali Farka Touré; Shankar won in 2002 and posthumously in 2013. Brazilian artists have been presented with the award more than any other nationality, though it has been presented to musicians or groups from the United States three times, from India twice, and from France, Ireland, Mali and Panama once. Cape Verdean singer Cesária Évora, Gipsy Kings, and sitarist Anoushka Shankar share the record for the most nominations, with five each (none have yet won the award).

Ry Cooder American musician

Ryland Peter "Ry" Cooder is an American musician, songwriter, film score composer, and record producer. He is a multi-instrumentalist but is best known for his slide guitar work, his interest in roots music from the United States, and his collaborations with traditional musicians from many countries.

Ravi Shankar Indian musician and sitar player

Ravi Shankar, born Rabindra Shankar Chowdhury, his name often preceded by the title Pandit (Master) and "Sitar maestro", was an Indian musician and a composer of Hindustani classical music. He was the best-known proponent of the sitar in the second half of the 20th century and influenced many other musicians throughout the world. Shankar was awarded India's highest civilian honour, the Bharat Ratna in 1999.

Vishwa Mohan Bhatt Indian slide guitar player

Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, also known as V. M. Bhatt, is Grammy-winning Hindustani classical music instrumentalist who plays the Mohan veena .,

Recipients

Mickey Hart, the first award recipient (1992), at the Web 2.0 Conference in 2005 Mickey Hart, Web 2.0 Conference.jpg
Mickey Hart, the first award recipient (1992), at the Web 2.0 Conference in 2005
Two-time award recipient Ry Cooder performing in 2009 Ry Cooder playing.jpg
Two-time award recipient Ry Cooder performing in 2009
1998 award winner Milton Nascimento in 2008 Bituca.jpg
1998 award winner Milton Nascimento in 2008
1999 award winner Gilberto Gil performing in 2007 Gilberto Gil with guitar.jpg
1999 award winner Gilberto Gil performing in 2007
2000 award winner Caetano Veloso performing in 2006 Caetano Veloso.jpg
2000 award winner Caetano Veloso performing in 2006
Year [I] Performing artist(s)NationalityWorkNomineesRef.
1992 Mickey Hart United States Planet Drum
[7]
1993 Sérgio Mendes Brazil Brasileiro
[8]
1994 Ry Cooder and Vishwa Mohan Bhatt United States
India
A Meeting by the River
[9]
1995 Ry Cooder and Ali Farka Touré United States
Mali
Talking Timbuktu
[10]
1996 Deep Forest France Boheme
[11]
1997 The Chieftains Ireland Santiago [12]
1998 Milton Nascimento Brazil Nascimento
[13]
1999 Gilberto Gil Brazil Quanta Live [14]
2000 Caetano Veloso Brazil Livro [15]
2001 João Gilberto Brazil João Voz e Violão
[16]
2002 Ravi Shankar India Full Circle: Carnegie Hall 2000 [17]
2003 Rubén Blades Panama Mundo
2012 Tinariwen Mali Tassili
[18]
2013 Ravi Shankar India The Living Room Sessions Part 1
[19]
2014 Gipsy Kings France Savor Flamenco
Ladysmith Black Mambazo South AfricaLive: Singing for Peace Around the World
2015 Angelique Kidjo BeninEve
[20]
2016 Angelique Kidjo BeninSings
[20]
2017 Yo-Yo Ma & The Silk Road Ensemble United StatesSing Me Home
[21]
2018 Ladysmith Black Mambazo South Africa Shaka Zulu Revisited: 30th Anniversary Celebration
[22]
2019 Soweto Gospel Choir South AfricaFreedom
[23]

^[I] Each year is linked to the article about the Grammy Awards held that year.

See also

Various awards have been presented in recent years to musical artists for their contributions to the genre of world music. This article provides a partial list of these awards and their recipients.

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