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Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album

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Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album
Awarded forQuality albums in the alternative genre
CountryUnited States
Presented byNational Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences
First awarded1991
Last awarded2018
Currently held byThe National, Sleep Well Beast (2018)

The Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album is an award presented to recording artists for quality albums in the alternative genre at the Grammy Awards, a ceremony that was established in 1958 and originally called the Gramophone Awards.[1] 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]

While the definition of "alternative" has been debated,[3] the award was first presented in 1991 to recognize non-mainstream rock albums "heavily played on college radio stations".[4][5] After several updates of the category description, the Grammy organisation issued the following statement for the 2019 Grammy season:

Alternative is defined as a genre of music that embraces attributes of progression and innovation in both the music and attitudes associated with it. It is often a less intense version of rock or a more intense version of pop and is typically regarded as more original, eclectic, or musically challenging. It may embrace a variety of subgenres or any hybrids thereof and may include recordings that don't fit into other genre categories.

In 1991, and from 1994 to 1999, the award was known as Best Alternative Music Performance.[3] Beginning in 2001, award recipients included the producers, engineers, and/or mixers associated with the nominated work in addition to the recording artists.[6]

As of 2018, Radiohead and The White Stripes share the record for the most wins in this category, having won three times each. Two female solo artists have won the award, Sinéad O'Connor and St. Vincent. With eight nominations to date, Radiohead and Björk hold the record for the most nominations in this category; Radiohead singer Thom Yorke was also nominated for the 2007 award for his solo album, while Björk also holds the record for the most nominations for a solo artist, as well as the record for the most nominations without a win. Beck and Coldplay have each received the award twice, the latter being the only group to win two years consecutively. American artists have been presented with the award more than any other nationality, though it has been presented to musicians or groups from the United Kingdom five times, from Ireland twice, and from France once.

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Sinéad O'Connor (pictured in 2013) was the inaugural winner in 1991
Sinéad O'Connor (pictured in 2013) was the inaugural winner in 1991
Black and white image of a man wearing a white dress shirt, a dark vest and jeans holding a guitar and standing behind a microphone stand. His eyes are closed, and the background is completely black except for a single light that shines from behind.
Thom Yorke of the three-time award-winning band Radiohead (pictured in 2006)
Black and white image of three men holding microphones on a stage. In the background is a drum set, several onlookers, and stage lights shining down from above.
1999 award winner, Beastie Boys (pictured in 2006)
A man wearing a blue T-shirt and dark blue jacket holding a guitar and standing behind a microphone stand.
Chris Martin of the two-time award-winning band Coldplay (pictured in 2003)
On the left, a man in red pants and a black T-shirt with black hair down to his chin holding a red guitar. On the right, a woman wearing a white shirt with black polka dots standing behind a red microphone stand.
Jack White and Meg White of the three-time award-winning band The White Stripes (pictured in 2007)
In the forefront, a man wearing jeans and a jacket with a guitar strapped around him, holding onto a microphone on a stand. In the background, a man in a dress shirt holding a white guitar.
2005 award winner, Wilco (pictured in 2007)
In the forefront, a man in a white dress shirt and tie holding a microphone on a stand. In the background, a man wearing a jacket, tie, and sunglasses playing keyboards.
Four men sitting on an orange sofa, two holding guitars and one behind keyboards that are set on the left arm of the sofa.
2010 award winner, Phoenix (pictured in 2009)
St. Vincent (pictured in 2018) was the second female recipient when she won in 2015
St. Vincent (pictured in 2018) was the second female recipient when she won in 2015
2017 award winner David Bowie (pictured in 2002)
2017 award winner David Bowie (pictured in 2002)
Matt Berninger of 2018 award winner The National (pictured in 2014)
Matt Berninger of 2018 award winner The National (pictured in 2014)
Year[I] Performing artist(s) Work Nominees Ref.
1991 Sinéad O'Connor I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got [5]
1992 R.E.M. Out of Time [7]
1993 Tom Waits Bone Machine [8]
1994 U2 Zooropa [9]
1995 Green Day Dookie [10]
1996 Nirvana MTV Unplugged in New York [11]
1997 Beck Odelay [12]
1998 Radiohead OK Computer [13]
1999 Beastie Boys Hello Nasty [14]
2000 Beck Mutations [15]
2001 Radiohead Kid A [16]
2002 Coldplay Parachutes [17]
2003 Coldplay A Rush of Blood to the Head [18]
2004 The White Stripes Elephant [19]
2005 Wilco A Ghost Is Born [20]
2006 The White Stripes Get Behind Me Satan [21]
2007 Gnarls Barkley St. Elsewhere [22]
2008 The White Stripes Icky Thump [23]
2009 Radiohead In Rainbows [24]
2010 Phoenix Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix [25]
2011 The Black Keys Brothers [26]
2012 Bon Iver Bon Iver [27]
2013 Gotye Making Mirrors [28]
2014 Vampire Weekend Modern Vampires of the City [29]
2015 St. Vincent St. Vincent [30]

2016 Alabama Shakes Sound & Color [31]

2017 David Bowie Blackstar [32]

2018 The National Sleep Well Beast [33]
2019 To be announced [34]

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

Artists with multiple wins

Artists with multiple nominations

See also


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