Grammy Award for Best Folk Album
|Grammy Award for Best Folk Album|
|Awarded for||quality vocal or instrumental folk music albums|
|Presented by||National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences|
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, 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".
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.
This award combines the previous categories for Best Contemporary Folk Album and Best 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".
|2016||Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn||Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn|
|2015||Old Crow Medicine Show||Remedy|
|2014||Guy Clark||My Favorite Picture of You|
|2013||Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer & Chris Thile||The Goat Rodeo Sessions|
|2012||The Civil Wars||Barton Hollow|
^[I] Each year is linked to the article about the Grammy Awards held that year.
- "Grammy Awards at a Glance". Los Angeles Times. Tribune Company. Retrieved April 24, 2010.
- "Overview". National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Retrieved November 11, 2010.
- "Category Mapper". National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Retrieved November 25, 2011.
- "Explanation For Category Restructuring". National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Retrieved November 25, 2011.
- List of Nominees 2015
- List of 2013 nominees
- "2011 – 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards Nominees And Winners: American Roots Field". The Recording Academy. November 30, 2011.