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Grammy Award for Best World Music Album

Grammy Award for Best World Music Album
Gilded gramophone trophy presented to Grammy Award winners
Awarded for quality world music albums
Country United States
Presented by National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences
First awarded 1992
Last awarded 2014
Official website

The Grammy Award for Best World Music Album is an honor presented to recording artists for quality albums in the world 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]

The award for Best World Music Album, reserved for international performers exhibiting "non-European, indigenous traditions", was first presented to Mickey Hart in 1992 for the album Planet Drum.[3][4] In 1996, Academy trustees attempted to solve the problem of "compressing 75% or more of the world's music into a single award category" by broadening the definition of "world music" to include non-Western classical music.[5] Beginning in 2001, award recipients included the producers, engineers, and/or mixers associated with the nominated work in addition to the recording artists. Following the 45th Grammy Awards (2003), the award was split into two separate categories for Best Traditional World Music Album and Best Contemporary World Music Album. In 2012, the two categories were merged back to Best World Music Album.[6]

Ry Cooder and Ravi Shankar are the only performing artist to win the award more than once: Cooder won in 1994 with Vishwa Mohan Bhatt and in 1995 with Ali Farka Touré; Shankar won in 2002 and posthumously in 2013. Brazilian artists have been presented with the award more than any other nationality, though it has been presented to musicians or groups from the United States three times, from India twice, and from France, Ireland, Mali and Panama once. Cape Verdean singer Cesária Évora and the group Gipsy Kings share the record for the most nominations, with five each (neither won an award).


Mickey Hart, the first award recipient (1992), at the Web 2.0 Conference in 2005

Two-time award recipient Ry Cooder performing in 2009

1998 award winner Milton Nascimento in 2008

1999 award winner Gilberto Gil performing in 2007

2000 award winner Caetano Veloso performing in 2006

Indicates a joint award for that year
Year Performing artist(s) Nationality Work Nominees Ref.
1992 Hart, MickeyMickey Hart United States Planet Drum [7]
1993 Mendes, SérgioSérgio Mendes Brazil Brasileiro [8]
1994 Cooder, RyRy Cooder and Vishwa Mohan Bhatt United States
A Meeting by the River [9]
1995 Cooder, RyRy Cooder and Ali Farka Touré United States
Talking Timbuktu [10]
1996 Deep Forest France Boheme [11]
1997 The Chieftains Ireland Santiago [12]
1998 Nascimento, MiltonMilton Nascimento Brazil Nascimento [13]
1999 Gil, GilbertoGilberto Gil Brazil Quanta Live [14]
2000 Veloso, CaetanoCaetano Veloso Brazil Livro [15]
2001 Gilberto, JoãoJoão Gilberto Brazil João Voz e Violão [16]
2002 Shankar, RaviRavi Shankar India Full Circle: Carnegie Hall 2000 [17]
2003 Blades, RubénRubén Blades Panama Mundo
2012 Tinariwen Mali Tassili [18]
2013 Ravi Shankar India The Living Room Sessions Part 1 [19]
2014* Gipsy Kings France Savor Flamenco
Ladysmith Black Mambazo South Africa Live: Singing for Peace Around the World
2015 TBA TBA TBA [20]

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

See also


  1. ^ "Grammy Awards at a Glance".  
  2. ^ "Overview".  
  3. ^  
  4. ^  
  5. ^ Heckman, Don (February 7, 1997). "For Grammy Nominations, It's a Small World After All". Los Angeles Times (Tribune Company). p. 1. Retrieved February 4, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Special Report – Grammy Awards Category Restructuring – Full Category List" (Press release). National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. April 6, 2011. Retrieved April 7, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Other Grammy Nominees". Los Angeles Times (Tribune Company). January 10, 1992. p. 1. Retrieved February 4, 2011. 
  8. ^ "The 35th Grammy Awards Nominations: General Categories". Los Angeles Times (Tribune Company). January 8, 1993. p. 8. Retrieved February 4, 2011. 
  9. ^ Moon, Tom (January 7, 1994). "Sting, R.e.m., Houston Grab Grammy Bids Nominations Predictably Conservative; Mariah Carey, Michael Bolton Blocked From Big Awards".  
  10. ^ "The 37th Grammy Nominations". Los Angeles Times (Tribune Company). January 6, 1995. p. 7. Retrieved February 4, 2011. 
  11. ^ "List of Grammy nominees".  
  12. ^ Moon, Tom (January 8, 1997). "Babyface Captures 12 Grammy Nominations He Equaled A Mark Set By Michael Jackson. Awards Will Be Given Out Feb. 26.". The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia Media Holdings). p. 8. Retrieved February 4, 2011. 
  13. ^ "Complete List of Academy Voter Picks". Los Angeles Times (Tribune Company). January 7, 1998. p. 7. Retrieved February 4, 2011. 
  14. ^ "List of Grammy Nominations".  
  15. ^ "A Complete List of the Nominees". Los Angeles Times (Tribune Company). January 5, 2000. p. 8. Retrieved February 4, 2011. 
  16. ^ "Some Top Nominees for the 2001 Prizes". The New York Times (The New York Times Company). January 4, 2001. Retrieved February 4, 2011. 
  17. ^ "Complete List Of Grammy Nominees".  
  18. ^ "Complete list of Grammy nominations".  
  19. ^ List of 2013 nominees
  20. ^ Grebey, James (5 December 2014). "Grammys 2015 Nominees: Sam Smith, HAIM, Iggy Azalea, and More".  

External links

  • Official site of the Grammy Awards
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