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Grammy Award for Best New Age Album

Grammy Award for Best New Age Album
Awarded for quality albums in the New Age music genre
Country United States
Presented by National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences
First awarded 1987
Last awarded 2015
Official website

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 fourteen. Winter has been nominated eleven times, while Peter Kater has received ten nominations (without ever winning). Kater has had consecutive nominations from 2007-2014, except in 2011. 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 four volumes of Kitarō's Sacred Journey of Ku-Kai series were nominated for Best New Age Album.


  • Recipients 1
  • See also 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4


A man wearing black clothing and a red scarf, walking along a gravel path and carrying a harp over his shoulder
1987 award winner Andreas Vollenweider

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 woman in black clothing, wearing a necklace with a cross-shaped jewel
Four-time award recipient Enya

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
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 Performing artist(s) Work Nominees Ref(s)
1987 Vollenweider, AndreasAndreas Vollenweider Down to the Moon [3]
1988 Lateef, YusefYusef Lateef Yusef Lateef's Little Symphony [8]
1989 Shadowfax Folksongs for a Nuclear Village [9]
1990 Gabriel, PeterPeter Gabriel Passion: Music for The Last Temptation of Christ [13]
1991 Isham, MarkMark Isham Mark Isham [14]
1992 Davis, ChipChip Davis Fresh Aire 7 [15]
1993 Enya Shepherd Moons [16]
1994 Paul Winter Consort Spanish Angel [17]
1995 Winter, PaulPaul Winter Prayer for the Wild Things [18]
1996 Winston, GeorgeGeorge Winston Forest [19]
1997 Enya The Memory of Trees [20]
1998 Hedges, MichaelMichael Hedges Oracle [21]
1999 Clannad Landmarks [22]
2000 Winter, PaulPaul Winter Celtic Solstice [23]
2001 Kitarō Thinking of You [24]
2002 Enya A Day Without Rain [26]
2003 Tingstad and Rumbel Acoustic Garden [27]
2004 Metheny, PatPat Metheny One Quiet Night [28]
2005 Ackerman, WilliamWilliam Ackerman Returning [29]
2006 Paul Winter Consort Silver Solstice [31]
2007 Enya Amarantine [32]
2008 Paul Winter Consort Crestone [33]
2009 DeJohnette, JackJack DeJohnette Peace Time [34]
2010 Darling, DavidDavid Darling Prayer for Compassion [35]
2011 Paul Winter Consort Miho: Journey to the Mountain [36]
2012 Pat Metheny What's It All About
2013 Omar Akram Echoes of Love [37]
2014 Laura Sullivan Love's River [38]
2015 Ricky Kej and Wouter Kellerman Winds of Samsara [39]

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

See also


  • "Past Winners Search".  
  1. ^ "Grammy Awards at a Glance".  
  2. ^ "Overview".  
  3. ^ a b "Veterans top Grammy nominations".  
  4. ^ Conner, Thomas (August 28, 2010). "Windham Hill founder Will Ackerman in Chicago for benefit".  
  5. ^ "Past Winners Search". National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Retrieved March 10, 2010.  Note: User must select the "New Age" category as the genre under the search feature.
  6. ^ a b c  
  7. ^ "52nd OEP Category Description Guide" ( 
  8. ^ Christensen, Thor (January 17, 1988). "Grammy nominee list a bit weightier".  
  9. ^ "For Your Consideration".   Note: Advertisement.
  10. ^ "Mark Isham: Biography".  
  11. ^  
  12. ^ "Nominations for 31st Grammy Awards".  
  13. ^ "Here's list of nominees from all 77 categories".  
  14. ^ "List of Grammy Awards nominations".  
  15. ^ "Grammy Nominations Span Streisand, Seal, Seattle Symphony".  
  16. ^ "Grammy nominations".  
  17. ^ "Major Grammy Nominees And Some Of The Winners".  
  18. ^ "The 37th Grammy Nominations". Los Angeles Times (Tribune Company). January 6, 1995. p. 5. Retrieved March 10, 2011. 
  19. ^ "The 38th Annual Grammy Nominations: The Complete List of Nominees". Los Angeles Times (Tribune Company). January 5, 1996. p. 5. Retrieved March 9, 2011. 
  20. ^ Errico, Marcus (January 7, 1997). "Babyface, Celine Dion Dominate Grammy Nominations".  
  21. ^ "40th Annual Grammy Awards: Final Nominations". Billboard (Nielsen Business Media, Inc.) 110 (3): 79. January 17, 1998. Retrieved March 11, 2011. 
  22. ^ Marine, Craig (January 6, 1999). "Grammys go ga-ga for Lauryn Hill".  
  23. ^ "A Complete List of the Nominees". Los Angeles Times (Tribune Company). January 5, 2000. p. 5. Retrieved March 10, 2011. 
  24. ^ Boucher, Geoff (January 4, 2001). "Grammys Cast a Wider Net Than Usual". Los Angeles Times (Tribune Company). p. 7. Retrieved March 11, 2011. 
  25. ^ "In a Distance Place". Allmusic. All Media Guide. Retrieved March 11, 2011.  Note: Source used to verify full names of musicians.
  26. ^ "Final Nominations for the 44th Annual Grammy Awards". Billboard (Nielsen Business Media, Inc.) 114 (3): 90. January 19, 2002. Retrieved March 11, 2011. 
  27. ^ "The complete list of nominees". Los Angeles Times (Tribune Company). January 8, 2003. p. 5. Retrieved March 10, 2011. 
  28. ^ "46th Grammy Awards – 2004". Rock on the Net. Retrieved March 11, 2011. 
  29. ^ "47th Annual Grammy Awards".  
  30. ^ "Will Ackerman: Biography". Allmusic. All Media Guide. Retrieved March 21, 2011. 
  31. ^ "The Complete List of Grammy Nominations".  
  32. ^ "Nominations for 49th Annual Grammy Awards". E!. December 7, 2006. Retrieved March 9, 2011. 
  33. ^ du Lac, J. Freedom (December 6, 2007). "Grammys: And The Nominees Are...".  
  34. ^ Conner, Thomas (December 3, 2008). "Complete list of Grammy nominees". Chicago Sun-Times (Sun-Times Media Group). Retrieved March 9, 2011. 
  35. ^ Venutolo, Anthony (January 31, 2010). "Grammy awards: Complete list of nominees".  
  36. ^ "Complete List of Nominees for the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards". E!. December 1, 2010. Retrieved March 9, 2011. 
  37. ^ List of 2013 nominees
  38. ^ 2014 Nominees
  39. ^ List of Nominees 2015

External links

  • Official site of the Grammy Awards
  • Best New Age Album at 53rd Annual Grammy Awards Pre-Telecast
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