Gramophone Classical Music Awards

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The Gramophone Classical Music Awards, [1] launched in 1977, are one of the most significant honours bestowed on recordings in the classical record industry. [2] [3] They are often viewed as equivalent to [4] or surpassing [5] [6] the American Grammy award, and referred to as the Oscars for classical music. [7] [8] [9] They are widely regarded as the most influential and prestigious classical music awards in the world. [10] [11]

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.

Academy Awards American awards given annually for excellence in cinematic achievements

The Academy Awards, also known as the Oscars, are a set of awards for artistic and technical merit in the film industry, given annually by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), to recognize excellence in cinematic achievements as assessed by the Academy's voting membership. The various category winners are awarded a copy of a golden statuette, officially called the "Academy Award of Merit", although more commonly referred to by its nickname "Oscar". The award was originally sculpted by George Stanley from a design sketch by Cedric Gibbons. AMPAS first presented it in 1929 at a private dinner hosted by Douglas Fairbanks in the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.


According to Matthew Owen, national sales manager for Harmonia Mundi USA, "ultimately it is the classical award, especially worldwide." [12]

The winners are selected annually by critics for the Gramophone magazine and various members of the industry, including retailers, broadcasters, arts administrators, and musicians. Awards are usually presented in September each year in London.

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Early Music
Solo Vocal

2017 [13]

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  14. Lifetime Achievement 2016
  15. 1 2 Instrumental 2016
  16. Artist of the Year 2016
  17. Orchestral 2016]
  18. Young Artist of the Year 2016
  19. Baroque Instrumental 2016
  20. Chamber 2016
  21. Choral 2016
  22. Concerto 2016
  23. Contemporary 2016
  24. Early Music 2016
  25. Opera 2016
  26. Recital 2016
  27. Solo vocal 2016
  28. Artist of the Year 2015
  29. Label of the Year 2015
  30. Lifetime Achievement 2015
  31. Young Artist of the Year 2015
  32. Lifetime Achievement 2012
  33. Supraphon 2012 Gramophone Award Archived 24 December 2013 at the Wayback Machine