Grammy Award for Best Folk Album

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Grammy Award for Best Folk Album
Awarded for quality vocal or instrumental folk music albums
Country United States
Presented by National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences
First awarded 2012
Currently held by Patty Griffin, Patty Griffin (2020)

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,[1] 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".[2]

According to the 54th Grammy Awards guideline the Best Folk Album category includes authentic folk material in both traditional vocal and instrumental styles, as well as contemporary material by artists who use traditional folk elements, sounds and instrumental techniques as the basis for their recordings. Folk music is primarily but not exclusively acoustic, often using contemporary arrangements with production and sensibilities distinctly different from a pop approach.[3]

This award combines the previous categories for Best Contemporary Folk Album and Traditional Folk Album. The Recording Academy decided to create this new category for 2012 upon stating there were "challenges in distinguishing between... Contemporary and Traditional Folk".[4]


Year[I] Performing artist(s) Title Nominees Ref.
2012 The Civil Wars Barton Hollow [5]
2013 Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer & Chris Thile The Goat Rodeo Sessions
2014 Guy Clark My Favorite Picture of You
2015 Old Crow Medicine Show Remedy
2016 Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn [9]
2017 Sarah Jarosz Undercurrent [10]
2018 Aimee Mann Mental Illness [11]
2019 Punch Brothers All Ashore [12]
Patty Griffin Patty Griffin [13]

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

Artists with multiple nominations

2 nominations

See also

List of Grammy Award categories


  1. ^ "Grammy Awards at a Glance". Los Angeles Times. Tribune Company. Retrieved April 24, 2010.
  2. ^ "Overview". National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Archived from the original on January 3, 2011. Retrieved November 11, 2010.
  3. ^ "Category Mapper". National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Retrieved November 25, 2011. [permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "Explanation For Category Restructuring". National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Retrieved November 25, 2011.
  5. ^ "2011 – 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards Nominees And Winners: American Roots Field". The Recording Academy. November 30, 2011.
  6. ^ List of 2013 nominees Archived February 1, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ "56th GRAMMY Awards: Full Winners List". Billboard. Retrieved May 7, 2017.
  8. ^ List of Nominees 2015
  9. ^ "Grammy Awards 2016: See the Full Winners List". Billboard. Retrieved May 7, 2017.
  10. ^ "59th Annual GRAMMY Awards Winners & Nominees". Retrieved May 7, 2017.
  11. ^ Lynch, Joe (November 28, 2017). "Grammys 2018: See the Complete List of Nominees". Billboard. Retrieved November 29, 2017.
  12. ^, 7 December 2018}
  13. ^ "Grammy Awards Nominations: The Complete List". Variety. November 20, 2019. Retrieved November 20, 2019.

External links

  • Official Site of the Grammy Awards
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