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The Grammy Award for Best Americana Album is an honor presented to recording artists for quality albums in the
Americana music Americana artifacts are related to the history, geography, folklore and cultural heritage of the United States of America The United States of America (U.S.A. or USA), commonly known as the United States (U.S. or US) or America, is a ...
genre at the
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s, a ceremony that was established in 1958 and originally called the Gramophone Awards. Honors in several categories are presented at the ceremony annually by the
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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". In 2009, the Academy announced that the award for Best Contemporary Folk/Americana Album would be split into two separate categories: Best Contemporary Folk Album and Best Americana Album. The distinction between the two award categories is based on the use of
acoustic Acoustic may refer to: Music Albums * Acoustic (Bayside EP), ''Acoustic'' (Bayside EP) * Acoustic (Britt Nicole EP), ''Acoustic'' (Britt Nicole EP) * Acoustic (Joey Cape and Tony Sly album), ''Acoustic'' (Joey Cape and Tony Sly album), 2004 * Aco ...
versus
electric instrument An electronic musical instrument or electrophone is a musical instrument A musical instrument is a device created or adapted to make musical sounds. In principle, any object that produces sound can be considered a musical instrument—it is th ...
s; acoustic instruments predominate in "contemporary folk" and electric instruments are characteristic of Americana. Jed Hilly, executive director of the
Americana Music Association The Americana Music Association (AMA) is a professional not-for-profit trade organization whose mission is to advocate for American Roots Music around the world. Toward these ends the organization works with Americana artists, radio stations, ...
, called the new category's inclusion "a huge acknowledgment" of the music genre. Hilly admitted to working hard at convincing the Academy to include Americana as its own category. The music industry had been using the term "Americana music" for about 15 years before the new award was created. Following is the award's purpose, according to the category description guide from the 2018 Grammy Awards: The award was first presented in 2010 to
Levon Helm Mark Lavon "Levon" Helm (May 26, 1940 – April 19, 2012) was an American musician and actor who achieved fame as the drummer and one of the vocalists for The Band. Helm was known for his deeply soulful, country A country is a distin ...
at the
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for the album '' Electric Dirt''.
Emmylou Harris Emmylou Harris (born April 2, 1947) is an American singer, songwriter, and musician. She has released dozens of albums and singles over the course of her career and has won 14 Grammy Award, Grammys, the Polar Music Prize, and numerous other hon ...

Emmylou Harris
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Lucinda Williams Lucinda Gayle Williams (born January 26, 1953) Lucinda Williams biography AllMusic AllMusic (previously known as All Music Guide and AMG) is an American online database, online music database. It catalogs more than three million album entries ...
have been nominated most times (three).


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Artists with multiple wins

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Levon Helm Mark Lavon "Levon" Helm (May 26, 1940 – April 19, 2012) was an American musician and actor who achieved fame as the drummer and one of the vocalists for The Band. Helm was known for his deeply soulful, country A country is a distin ...
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Jason Isbell Michael Jason Isbell (; born February 1, 1979) is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist. He is known for his solo career, his work with the band The 400 Unit, and as a former member of Drive-By Truckers for six years, from 2001 to 2007. Isb ...


Artists with multiple nominations

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Emmylou Harris Emmylou Harris (born April 2, 1947) is an American singer, songwriter, and musician. She has released dozens of albums and singles over the course of her career and has won 14 Grammy Award, Grammys, the Polar Music Prize, and numerous other hon ...

Emmylou Harris
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Lucinda Williams Lucinda Gayle Williams (born January 26, 1953) Lucinda Williams biography AllMusic AllMusic (previously known as All Music Guide and AMG) is an American online database, online music database. It catalogs more than three million album entries ...
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The Avett Brothers The Avett Brothers are an American folk rock band from Concord, North Carolina. The band is made up of two brothers, Scott Avett (banjo, lead vocals, guitar, piano, kick-drum) and Seth Avett (guitar, lead vocals, piano, hi-hat) along with Bob Cr ...
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Brandi Carlile Brandi Marie Carlile (born June 1, 1981) is an American multiple Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter and producer whose music spans many genres. , Carlile has released six studio albums and earned eleven Grammy Award nominations, including o ...

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Rosanne Cash Rosanne Cash (born May 24, 1955) is an American singer-songwriter and author. She is the eldest daughter of country music Country (also called country and western) is a genre of popular music that originated with blues, church music such as S ...
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Rodney Crowell Rodney Crowell (born August 7, 1950) is an American musician, known primarily for his work as a singer and songwriter in country music Country music is a blend of popular musical forms originally found in the Southern United States and the Appal ...
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Levon Helm Mark Lavon "Levon" Helm (May 26, 1940 – April 19, 2012) was an American musician and actor who achieved fame as the drummer and one of the vocalists for The Band. Helm was known for his deeply soulful, country A country is a distin ...
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Iron & Wine Samuel "Sam" Ervin Beam (born July 26, 1974), better known by his stage and recording name Iron & Wine, is an American singer-songwriter. He has released six studio albums, several extended play, EPs and Single (music), singles, as well as a few ...

Iron & Wine
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Jason Isbell Michael Jason Isbell (; born February 1, 1979) is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist. He is known for his solo career, his work with the band The 400 Unit, and as a former member of Drive-By Truckers for six years, from 2001 to 2007. Isb ...
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Keb' Mo' Kevin Roosevelt Moore (born October 3, 1951), known as Keb' Mo', is an American blues musician and five-time Grammy Award winner. He is a singer, guitarist, and songwriter, living in Nashville, Tennessee. He has been described as "a living link t ...
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The Mavericks The Mavericks are an American country music band that combine Tex-Mex music, Tex-Mex, neotraditional country music, Latin music (genre), Latin, and rockabilly influences. The Mavericks were founded in 1989 in Miami, Florida. Between 1991 and 2003, ...
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Willie Nelson Willie Hugh Nelson (born April 29, 1933) is an American musician, actor, and activist. The critical success of the album ''Shotgun Willie'' (1973), combined with the critical and commercial success of ''Red Headed Stranger'' (1975) and ''Star ...

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Mavis Staples Mavis Staples (born July 10, 1939) is an American rhythm and blues and gospel music, gospel singer, actress, and civil rights activism, activist. She has recorded and performed with her family's band The Staple Singers and also as a solo artist. ...

Mavis Staples


See also

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Americana Music Association The Americana Music Association (AMA) is a professional not-for-profit trade organization whose mission is to advocate for American Roots Music around the world. Toward these ends the organization works with Americana artists, radio stations, ...
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Heartland rock Heartland (United States), Heartland rock is a genre of rock music characterized by a straightforward, often roots rock, roots musical style, a concern with farmers, blue-collar workers, and truck drivers of American life, and a conviction that r ...
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Roots rock Roots rock is rock music Rock music is a broad genre of popular music Popular music is music with wide appeal that is typically distributed to large audiences through the music industry. These forms and styles can be enjoyed and performed ...


References

;General * Note: User must select the "American Roots" category as the genre under the search feature. ;Specific {{Grammy Award years Album awards Americana music Awards established in 2010 Americana Album Grammy Award for Best Americana Album