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Grammy Award for Best New Age Album

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Grammy Award for Best New Age Album
Awarded forQuality albums in the new-age music genre
CountryUnited States
Presented byNational Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences
First awarded1987
Last awarded2018

The Grammy Award for Best New Age Album is presented to recording artists for quality albums in the new-age music 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]

Originally called the Grammy Award for Best New Age Recording, the honor was first presented to Swiss musician Andreas Vollenweider at the 29th Grammy Awards in 1987 for his album Down to the Moon. Two compilation albums featuring Windham Hill Records artists were nominated that same year.[3] The record label was founded by William Ackerman,[4] later an award nominee and 2005 winner for the album Returning. From 1988 to 1991 the category was known as Best New Age Performance. Since 1992 the award has been presented as Best New Age Album. Beginning in 2001, award recipients included the producers, engineers, and/or mixers associated with the nominated work in addition to the recording artists.[5]

While "new-age" music can be difficult to define, journalist Steven Rea described the genre as "music that is acoustic, electronic, jazzy, folky and incorporates classical and pop elements, Eastern and Latin influences, exotic instrumentation and environmental sound effects."[6] According to the category description guide for the 52nd Grammy Awards, the award is presented for instrumental or vocal new-age albums "containing at least 51% playing time of newly recorded material", with seasonal recordings not being eligible.[7] The addition of the award category reflected a "coming of age" of the music genre, though some new-age musicians dislike the term "new-age" and some of its negative connotations.[6]

As of 2015, Paul Winter holds the record for the most wins in this category, having won six times (four times as the leader of the group Paul Winter Consort). Winter is the only musician to win the award consecutively; he received an award in 1994 for Spanish Angel as a member of his ensemble and another in 1995 for Prayer for the Wild Things as a solo artist. Irish musician Enya has received four awards. Kitarō holds the record for the most nominations, with sixteen (as of 2018, with only one win (in 2001).

As of the 2018 Grammy Awards, Peter Kater has been nominated a record thirteen times and finally won his first Grammy for Dancing On Water. Between 2004 and 2018 he was nominated every year, except 2006 and holds the record from the most consecutive nominations (11 in a row).

R. Carlos Nakai is the only artist to be nominated for more than one work within the same year—for the 42nd Grammy Awards he was nominated alongside Paul Horn for Inside Monument Valley and for his own album Inner Voices. The group Tangerine Dream holds the record for the most consecutive nominations, with five between 1992 and 1996. All five volumes of Kitarō's Sacred Journey of Ku-Kai series were nominated for Best New Age Album.

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A man with his eyes closed, wearing a black cap and plaid shirt and playing a saxophone
1988 award recipient Yusef Lateef in 2007
A line of people performing various instruments outdoors; monochromatic flags of various colors are seen in the background
Members of the four-time award-winning band Paul Winter Consort performing in 2005
A man wearing a patterned dress shirt, performing a wind instrument while standing behind a microphone
Paul Winter of the Paul Winter Consort, a two-time award winner as a solo artist, performing at the Clearwater Festival in 2007
Five people (four men, one woman in the middle) standing next to one another on a red carpet; in the background is a repeated pattern of orange blocks with the text "meteor IRELAND MUSIC AWARDS"
Members of the 1999 award-winning band Clannad at the 2007 Meteor Awards
A man in black clothing behind a set of keyboard instruments
2001 award winner and frequent nominee Kitarō
A man with his eyes closed playing a guitar.
2004 award recipient Pat Metheny performing in 2008
A man in a striped dress shirt, sitting behind and performing on a drum set
2009 award recipient Jack DeJohnette performing in 2006
Year[I] Performing artist(s) Work Nominees Ref(s)
1987 Andreas Vollenweider Down to the Moon
1988 Yusef Lateef Yusef Lateef's Little Symphony
1989 Shadowfax Folksongs for a Nuclear Village [9]
1990 Peter Gabriel Passion: Music for The Last Temptation of Christ
1991 Mark Isham Mark Isham [14]
1992 Chip Davis Fresh Aire 7 [15]
1993 Enya Shepherd Moons [16]
1994 Paul Winter Consort Spanish Angel
1995 Paul Winter Prayer for the Wild Things [17]
1996 George Winston Forest
1997 Enya The Memory of Trees
1998 Michael Hedges Oracle [20]
1999 Clannad Landmarks
2000 Paul Winter Celtic Solstice [22]
2001 Kitarō Thinking of You [23]
2002 Enya A Day Without Rain
2003 Tingstad and Rumbel Acoustic Garden
2004 Pat Metheny One Quiet Night [27]
2005 William Ackerman Returning [28]
2006 Paul Winter Consort Silver Solstice [30]
2007 Enya Amarantine
2008 Paul Winter Consort Crestone
2009 Jack DeJohnette Peace Time [33]
2010 David Darling Prayer for Compassion [34]
2011 Paul Winter Consort Miho: Journey to the Mountain
2012 Pat Metheny What's It All About
2013 Omar Akram Echoes of Love
2014 Laura Sullivan Love's River
2015 Ricky Kej and Wouter Kellerman Winds of Samsara
2016 Paul Avgerinos Grace
2017 White Sun White Sun II [39]
2018 Peter Kater Dancing on Water
2019 Opium Moon Opium Moon [41]

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

See also


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  37. ^ 2014 Nominees
  38. ^ List of Nominees 2015
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  41. ^, 7 December 2018

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