Grammy Award for Best Recording Package

The Grammy Award for Best Recording Package is one of a series of Grammy Awards presented for the visual look of an album. It is presented to the art director of the winning album, not to the performer(s), unless the performer is also the art director.

The Grammy Award for Best Album Cover dates back to the first Grammy Awards in 1959. From 1962 to 1965 it was separated into Classical and Non-Classical divisions. From 1966 to 1968 it was separated into Graphic Arts and Photography divisions. In 1974, the name of the award was changed to Best Album Package, and changed again in 1994 to the current name. In 1995, boxed sets were no longer eligible, as they were split off into a separate award, currently known as the Grammy Award for Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package.


Year Winner(s) Work Nominees
1959 Frank Sinatra Frank Sinatra Sings for Only the Lonely (performed by Frank Sinatra)
1960 Robert M. Jones Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5 (performed by Howard Mitchell conducting the National Symphony Orchestra)
1961 Marvin Schwartz Latin ala Lee! (performed by Peggy Lee)
1962 - Other Than Classical Jim Silke Judy at Carnegie Hall (performed by Judy Garland)
1962 - Classical Marvin Schwartz Puccini: Madame Butterfly
1963 - Other Than Classical Robert Jones Lena... Lovely and Alive (performed by Lena Horne)
1963 - Classical Marvin Schwartz The Intimate Bach
1964 - Other Than Classical John Berg The Barbra Streisand Album (performed by Barbra Streisand)
1964 - Classical Robert Jones Puccini: Madama Butterfly
1965 - Other Than Classical Robert Cato and Don Bronstein People (performed by Barbra Streisand)
1965 - Classical Robert Jones and Jan Balet Saint-Saëns: Carnival of the Animals/Britten: Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra (performed by Arthur Fiedler conducting the Boston Pops)
1966 - Graphic Arts George Estes and James Alexander Bartók: Concerto No. 2 for Violin/Stravinsky: Concerto for Violin (performed by Joseph Silverstein & Erich Leinsdorf conducting the Boston Symphony Orchestra)
1966 - Photography Bob Jones and Ken Whitmore Jazz Suite on the Mass Texts (performed by Paul Horn)
1967 - Photography Robert Jones and Les Leverette Confessions of a Broken Man (performed by Porter Wagoner)
1968 - Graphic Arts Peter Blake and Jann Haworth Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (performed by The Beatles)
1968 - Photography John Berg, Bob Cato, and Rowland Scherman Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits (performed by Bob Dylan)
  • Bill Harvey, Guy Webster, and Joel Brodsky for The Doors, performed by The Doors
  • Bob Jones and Jimmy Moore for Suburban Attitudes in Country Verse, performed by John Loudermilk
  • Robert Jones and New World Photography for Earthwords & Music, performed by John Hartford
  • Robert Jones and Howard Cooper for From Mexico with Laughs, performed by Don Bowman
  • Ken Kim for Bravo, Bravo, Aznavour, performed by Charles Aznavour
  • Ken Kim for That Man, Robert Mitchum Sings, performed by Robert Mitchum
1969 John Berg, Richard Mantel, and Horn/Griner Studio Underground (performed by Thelonious Monk)
1970 Evelyn J. Kelbish and David Stahlberg America the Beautiful (performed by Gary McFarland)
1971 Robert Lockhart and Ivan Nagy Indianola Mississippi Seeds (performed by B. B. King)
1972 Gene Brownell and Dean O. Torrence Pollution (performed by Pollution)
1973 Acy Lehman and Harvey Dinnerstein The Siegel-Schwall Band (performed by the Siegel-Schwall Band)
1974 Wilkes & Braun Tommy (performed by London Symphony Orchestra and Chambre Choir)
1975 Ed Thrasher and Christopher Whorf Come & Gone (performed by Mason Proffit)
1976 Jim Ladwig Honey (performed by the Ohio Players)
1977 John Berg Chicago X (performed by Chicago)
1978 John Berg Love Notes (performed by Ramsey Lewis)
1979 Johnny Lee and Tony Lane Boys in the Trees (performed by Carly Simon)
  • John Berg and Paula Scher for Heads, performed by Bob James
  • Ron Coro for The Cars, performed by The Cars
  • Ron Coro and Johnny Lee for Out of the Woods, performed by Oregon
  • Gribitt and Tim Bryant for Last Kiss, performed by Fandango
  • Tony Lane for Bruce Roberts, performed by Bruce Roberts
  • Juni Osaki for Children of Sanchez, performed by Chuck Mangione
  • Barbara Wojirsch for Non-Fiction, performed by Steve Kuhn
1980 Mike Doud and Mick Haggerty Breakfast in America (performed by Supertramp)
1981 Roy Kohara Against the Wind (performed by Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band)
1982 Peter Corriston Tattoo You (performed by The Rolling Stones)
1983 Kosh and Ron Larson Get Closer (performed by Linda Ronstadt)
1984 Robert Rauschenberg Speaking in Tongues (performed by Talking Heads)
1985 Janet Perr She's So Unusual (performed by Cyndi Lauper)
1986 Kosh and Ron Larson Lush Life (performed by Linda Ronstadt)
1987 Eiko Ishioka Tutu (performed by Miles Davis)
1988 Bill Johnson King's Record Shop (performed by Rosanne Cash)
1989 Bill Johnson Tired of the Runnin (performed by The O'Kanes)
1990 Roger Gorman Sound + Vision (performed by David Bowie)
1991 Len Peltier, Jeffrey Gold, and Suzanne Vega Days of Open Hand (performed by Suzanne Vega)
1992 Vartan The Complete Decca Recordings (performed by Billie Holiday)
1993 Melanie Nissen Spellbound (performed by Paula Abdul)
1994 David Lau The Complete Billie Holiday on Verve 1945–1959 (performed by Billie Holiday)
1995 Buddy Jackson Tribute to the Music of Bob Willis and the Texas Playboys (performed by Asleep at the Wheel)
1996 Robbie Cavolina and Joni Mitchell Turbulent Indigo (performed by Joni Mitchell)
1997 Andy Engel and Tommy Steele Ultra-Lounge (Leopard Skin Sampler) (performed by Various Artists)
1998 Hugh Brown, Al Q, and Jeff Smith Titanic: Music As Heard on the Fateful Voyage (performed by Various Artists)
1999 Kevin Reagan Ray of Light (performed by Madonna)
2000 Ray Benson, Sally Carns, and Buddy Jackson Ride With Bob (performed by Asleep at the Wheel)
  • Carla Leighton for Bleecker Street: Greenwich Village in the 1960s, performed by Various Artists
  • Tammy Dotson, Michael Hodgson, and Clive Piercy for Late Night Sessions, performed by Caravana Cubana
  • Brad Benedict, Andy Engel, Johnny Lee, and Tommy Steele for Ultra-Lounge: Tiki Sampler, performed by Various Artists
  • Joseph Arthur and Zachary Larner for Vacancy, performed by Joseph Arthur
2001 Kevin Reagan Music (performed by Madonna)
2002 Stanley Donwood and Tchocky Amnesiac (Special Limited Edition) (performed by Radiohead)
2003 Kevin Reagan Home (performed by Dixie Chicks)
2004 Ani DiFranco and Brian Grunert Evolve (performed by Ani DiFranco)
2005 Peter Buchanan-Smith and Dan Nadel A Ghost Is Born (performed by Wilco)
2006 Aimee Mann and Gail Marowitz The Forgotten Arm (performed by Aimee Mann)
2007 Adam Jones 10,000 Days (performed by Tool)
2008 Zachary Nipper Cassadaga (performed by Bright Eyes)
2009 Metallica Death Magnetic (performed by Metallica)
2010 Stefan Sagmeister Everything That Happens Will Happen Today (performed by David Byrne & Brian Eno)
2011 Michael Carney Brothers (performed by The Black Keys)
2012 Caroline Robert The Suburbs (Deluxe) (performed by Arcade Fire)[2]
2013 Michael Amzalag & Mathias Augustyniak Biophilia (performed by Björk)
2014 Sarah Dodds and Shauna Dodds Long Night Moon (performed by Reckless Kelly)
2015 Jeff Ament, Don Pendleton, Joe Spix, and Jerome Turner Lightning Bolt, performed by Pearl Jam
2016 Sarah Dodds, Shauna Dodds & Dick Reeves Still the King: Celebrating the Music of Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys, performed by Asleep at the Wheel


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