Grammy Award for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album

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Grammy Award for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
Awarded for Quality albums containing 51% or more playing time of vocal tracks[1] in the "traditional" genre (Great American Songbook)[2]
Country United States
Presented by National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences
First awarded 1992
Currently held by Willie Nelson, Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin (2017)
Official website

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]

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 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.

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.


An older man holding a microphone in one hand, his arms held out, smiling and wearing a black suit with a white dress shirt.
Thirteen-time award winner Tony Bennett
A woman wearing earrings, a bracelet and a multi-colored spaghetti strapped dress, with both hands folded over a microphone.
Two-time award winner Natalie Cole
Black and white image of a man with his eyes closed and lips pressed.
2002 award winner, Harry Connick, Jr., performing in 2007
A woman wearing a white suit with her eyes closed, holding a microphone.
2004 award winner, k.d. lang, performing in 2008
A man on a stage, wearing a suit and holding a mic and its stand at an angle. Behind him, a man is playing a drum set.
2005 award winner, Rod Stewart
A man wearing a blue suit, a white dress shirt and a tie.
Four-time award winner Michael Bublé at the Juno Awards of 2009
2015 award winner Lady Gaga
Year[I] Performing artist(s) Work Nominees Ref.
1992 Cole, NatalieNatalie Cole "Unforgettable" [6]
1993 Bennett, TonyTony Bennett Perfectly Frank [8]
1994 Bennett, TonyTony Bennett Steppin' Out [9]
1995 Bennett, TonyTony Bennett MTV Unplugged: Tony Bennett [10]
1996 Sinatra, FrankFrank Sinatra Duets II [11]
1997 Bennett, TonyTony Bennett Here's to the Ladies [12]
1998 Bennett, TonyTony Bennett Tony Bennett on Holiday [13]
1999 Page, PattiPatti Page Live at Carnegie Hall: The 50th Anniversary Concert [14]
2000 Bennett, TonyTony Bennett Bennett Sings Ellington: Hot & Cool [15]
2001 Mitchell, JoniJoni Mitchell Both Sides Now [16]
2002 Connick, Jr., HarryHarry Connick, Jr. Songs I Heard [17]
2003 Bennett, TonyTony Bennett Playin' with My Friends: Bennett Sings the Blues [18]
2004 Bennett, TonyTony Bennett and k.d. lang A Wonderful World [19]
2005 Stewart, RodRod Stewart Stardust: The Great American Songbook, Volume III [20]
2006 Bennett, TonyTony Bennett The Art of Romance [21]
2007 Bennett, TonyTony Bennett Duets: An American Classic [22]
2008 Bublé, MichaelMichael Bublé Call Me Irresponsible [23]
2009 Cole, NatalieNatalie Cole Still Unforgettable [24]
2010 Bublé, MichaelMichael Bublé Michael Bublé Meets Madison Square Garden [25]
2011 Bublé, MichaelMichael Bublé Crazy Love [26]
2012 Tony Bennett Duets II
2013 Paul McCartney Kisses on the Bottom
2014 Michael Bublé To Be Loved [27]
2015 Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga Cheek to Cheek [28]
2016 Tony Bennett and Bill Charlap The Silver Lining: The Songs of Jerome Kern [29]
2017 Willie Nelson Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin [30]

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

See also


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  2. ^ a b "52nd OEP Category Description Guide" (PDF). National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. p. 2. Retrieved May 25, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Grammy Awards at a Glance". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved January 28, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Overview". National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Retrieved February 8, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Natalie Cole gets 7 Grammys". The Spokesman-Review. Cowles Publishing Company. February 26, 1992. Retrieved December 22, 2009. 
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  17. ^ "Complete List Of Grammy Nominees". CBS News. January 4, 2002. Retrieved February 4, 2010. 
  18. ^ "Grammy Nominations: Complete List". Fox News Channel. January 3, 2003. Retrieved February 4, 2010. 
  19. ^ "Grammy Award Winners". The New York Times. 2004. Retrieved February 4, 2010. 
  20. ^ "Grammy Award nominees in top categories". USA Today. December 7, 2004. Retrieved February 4, 2010. 
  21. ^ "Complete list of Grammy Award nominations". USA Today. December 8, 2005. Retrieved February 4, 2010. 
  22. ^ "49th Annual Grammy Awards Winners List". National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Archived from the original on December 20, 2006. Retrieved February 11, 2012. 
  23. ^ "2008 Grammy Winners List". CBS News. December 6, 2007. Retrieved February 2, 2010. 
  24. ^ "Rufus' Grammy?". BBC 6 Music. February 6, 2009. Retrieved February 2, 2010. 
  25. ^ Partridge, Kenneth (December 2, 2009). "Nominees for 2010 Grammy Awards Announced -- Full List". Retrieved December 29, 2009. 
  26. ^ "53rd Annual Grammy Awards nominees list". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved December 5, 2010. 
  27. ^ 2014 Nominees
  28. ^ "57th Grammy Nominees". Los Angeles Times. February 8, 2015. 
  29. ^ "Grammy Nominations 2016: See the Full List of Nominees". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. December 7, 2015. Retrieved December 7, 2015. 
  30. ^ "59th Grammy Nominees". Grammy. Archived from the original on February 1, 2012. Retrieved December 6, 2016. 

External links

  • Official site of the Grammy Awards
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