|Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Album|
|Awarded for||Quality works in the bluegrass music genre|
|Presented by||National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences|
|Currently held by||Billy Strings, Home (2021)|
The Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass 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 quality works (songs or albums) in the bluegrass music 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".
Originally called the Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Recording (Vocal or Instrumental), the award was first presented to Bill Monroe in 1989. In 1990 and 1991 the category was renamed Best Bluegrass Recording, and in 1990 the award was reserved for singles rather than albums. Since 1992, the award has been presented under the category Best Bluegrass Album. Beginning in 1993, award recipients often included the producers, engineers, and/or mixers associated with the nominated work in addition to the recording artists. In 1995 and 1997, producers of compilation albums were the only award recipients.
As of 2012, Alison Krauss holds the record for the most wins in this category, having won six times (five times with the band Union Station). The group consisting of Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder has been presented five awards. Two-time recipients include Jim Lauderdale as well as the Nashville Bluegrass Band. The award has been presented to artists or groups originating from the United States each year to date. The Seldom Scene has the record for the most nominations without a win, with five.
In 2018, for the first time in the history of the category, there was a tie, resulting in both Rhonda Vincent and The Infamous Stringdusters winning the award.
|1989||Bill Monroe||Southern Flavor|||
|1990||Bruce Hornsby and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band||"The Valley Road"|||
|1991||Alison Krauss||I've Got That Old Feeling|||
|1992||Carl Jackson and John Starling||Spring Training|||
|1993||Alison Krauss and Union Station||Every Time You Say Goodbye|||
|1994||Nashville Bluegrass Band||Waitin' for the Hard Times to Go|||
|1995||Various artists[II]||The Great Dobro Sessions|||
|1996||Nashville Bluegrass Band||Unleashed|||
|1997||Various artists[III]||True Life Blues: The Songs of Bill Monroe|||
|1998||Alison Krauss and Union Station||So Long So Wrong|||
|1999||Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder||Bluegrass Rules!|||
|2000||Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder||Ancient Tones|||
|2001||Dolly Parton||The Grass Is Blue|||
|2002||Alison Krauss and Union Station||New Favorite|||
|2003||Clinch Mountain Boys, Jim Lauderdale, and Ralph Stanley||Lost in the Lonesome Pines|||
|2004||Alison Krauss and Union Station||Live|||
|2005||Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder||Brand New Strings|||
|2006||Del McCoury Band||The Company We Keep|||
|2007||Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder||Instrumentals|||
|2008||Jim Lauderdale||The Bluegrass Diaries|||
|2009||Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder||Honoring the Fathers of Bluegrass: Tribute to 1946 and 1947|||
|2010||Steve Martin||The Crow: New Songs for the 5-String Banjo|||
|2011||Patty Loveless||Mountain Soul II|||
|2012||Alison Krauss and Union Station||Paper Airplane|
|2013||Steep Canyon Rangers||Nobody Knows You|||
|2014||Del McCoury Band||The Streets of Baltimore|
|2015||The Earls of Leicester||The Earls of Leicester|||
|2016||The SteelDrivers||The Muscle Shoals Recordings|
|2017||O'Connor Band with Mark O'Connor||Coming Home|||
|2018||Rhonda Vincent and the Rage
The Infamous Stringdusters
|All the Rage
Laws of Gravity
|2019||The Travelin' McCourys||The Travelin' McCourys||
|2020||Michael Cleveland||Tall Fiddler||
^[I] Each year is linked to the article about the Grammy Awards held that year.
^[II] Awards were presented to Jerry Douglas and Tut Taylor as the producers of the album.
^[III] An award was presented to Todd Phillips as the producer of the album.