Best Country Album: Grammy Winners & Nominees By Year

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Most career Best Country Album nominations
Trisha Yearwood 8
Miranda Lambert 7 (includes 1 with Pistol Annies)
Willie Nelson 6
George Strait 5
Faith Hill 4
The Chicks 4
Vince Gill 4
Alan Jackson 4
Tim McGraw 4
Chris Stapleton 4
Little Big Town 4

Most career Best Country Album wins
The Chicks 4
Chris Stapleton 3
Kacey Musgraves 2
Miranda Lambert 2
Lady A 2
Roger Miller 2

Grammy Awards: Best Country Album Winners and Nominees By Year

This category was created in 1965 as Best Country & Western Album. It was discontinued in 1967 and returned in 1995.

Winners in bold; other nominees listed beneath.

2024: Bell Bottom Country, Lainey Wilson
Rolling Up the Welcome Mat, Kelsea Ballerini
Brothers Osborne, Brothers Osborne
Zach Bryan, Zach Bryan
Rustin’ in the Rain, Tyler Childers

2023: A Beautiful Time, Willie Nelson
Growin’ Up, Luke Combs
Palomino, Miranda Lambert
Lindeville, Ashley McBryde
Humble Quest, Maren Morris

2022: Starting Over, Chris Stapleton
Skeletons, Brothers Osborne
Remember Her Name, Mickey Guyton
The Marfa Tapes, Miranda Lambert, Jon Randall & Jack Ingram
The Ballad of Dood and Juanita, Sturgill Simpson

2021: Wildcard, Miranda Lambert
Lady Like, Ingrid Andress
Your Life is a Record, Brandy Clark
Nightfall, Little Big Town
Never Will, Ashley McBryde

2020: While I’m Livin, Tanya Tucker
Desperate Man, Eric Church
Stronger Than the Truth, Reba McEntire
Interstate Gospel, Pistol Annies
Center Point Road, Thomas Rhett

2019: Golden Hour, Kacey Musgraves
Unapologetically, Kelsea Ballerini
Port Saint Joe, Brothers Osborne
Girl Going Nowhere, Ashley McBryde
From a Room: Volume 2, Chris Stapleton

2018: From a Room: Volume 1, Chris Stapleton
Cosmic Hallelujah, Kenny Chesney
Heart Break, Lady Antebellum
The Breaker, Little Big Town
Life Changes, Thomas Rhett

2017: A Sailor’s Guide to Earth, Sturgill Simpson
Big Day in a Small Town, Brandy Clark
Full Circle, Loretta Lynn
Hero, Maren Morris
Ripcord, Keith Urban

2016: Traveller, Chris Stapleton
Montevallo, Sam Hunt
Pain Killer, Little Big Town
The Blade, Ashley Monroe
Pageant Material, Kacey Musgraves

2015: Platinum, Miranda Lambert
Riser, Dierks Bentley
The Outsiders, Eric Church
12 Stories, Brandy Clark
The Way I’m Livin, Lee Ann Womack

2014: Same Trailer Different Park, Kacey Musgraves
Night Train, Jason Aldean
Two Lanes of Freedom, Tim McGraw
Based On a True Story, Blake Shelton
Red, Taylor Swift

2013: Uncaged, Zac Brown Band
Hunter Hayes, Hunter Hayes
Living for a Song: Tribute to Hank Cochran, Jamey Johnson
Four the Record, Miranda Lambert
The Time Jumpers, The Time Jumpers

2012: Own the Night, Lady Antebellum
My Kinda Party, Jason Aldean
Chief, Eric Church
Red River Blue, Blake Shelton
Here for a Good Time, George Strait
Speak Now, Taylor Swift

2011: Need You Now, Lady Antebellum
Up on the Ridge, Dierks Bentley
You Get What You Give, Zac Brown Band
The Guitar Song, Jamey Johnson
Revolution, Miranda Lambert

2010: Fearless, Taylor Swift
The Foundation, Zac Brown Band
Twang, George Strait
Defying Gravity, Keith Urban
Call Me Crazy, Lee Ann Womack

2009: Troubadour, George Strait
That Lonesome Song, Jamey Johnson
Sleepless Nights, Patty Loveless
Around the Bend, Randy Travis
Heaven, Heartache and the Power of Love, Trisha Yearwood

2008: These Days, Vince Gill
Long Trip Alone, Dierks Bentley
Let it Go, Tim McGraw
5th Gear, Brad Paisley
It Just Comes Natural, George Strait

2007: Taking the Long Way, Dixie Chicks
Like Red on a Rose, Alan Jackson
The Road to Here, Little Big Town
You Don’t Know Me: The Songs of Cindy Walker, Willie Nelson
Your Man, Josh Turner

2006: Lonely Runs Both Ways, Alison Krauss & Union Station
Fireflies, Faith Hill
Time Well Wasted, Brad Paisley
All Jacked Up, Gretchen Wilson
Jasper County, Trisha Yearwood

2005: Van Lear Rose, Loretta Lynn
Live Like You Were Dying, Tim McGraw
Tambourine, Tiff Merritt
Be Here, Keith Urban
Here for the Party, Gretchen Wilson

2004: Livin’, Lovin’, Losin’ – Songs of the Louvin Brothers, Various Artists (Carl Jackson, producer)
Cry, Faith Hill
My Baby Don’t Tolerate, Lyle Lovett
Run That By Me One More Time, Willie Nelson & Ray Price
Live and Kickin’, Willie Nelson
Up!, Shania Twain

2003: Home, Dixie Chicks
Drive, Alan Jackson
The Great Divide, Willie Nelson
Man with a Memory, Joe Nichols
Halos & Horns, Dolly Parton

2002: Timeless: Hank Williams Tribute, Various Artists (Bonnie Garner, Luke Lewis & Mary Martin, producers)
One More Day, Diamond Rio
Set This Circus Down, Tim McGraw
Rainbow Connection, Willie Nelson
Inside Out, Trisha Yearwood

2001: Breathe, Faith Hill
Let’s Make Sure We Kiss Goodbye, Vince Gill
Under the Influence, Alan Jackson
I Hope You Dance, Lee Ann Womack
Real Live Woman, Trisha Yearwood

2000: Fly, Dixie Chicks
Ride with Bob, Asleep at the Wheel
Trio II. Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt & Dolly Parton
The Cold Hard Truth, George Jones
Forget About It, Alison Krauss

1999: Wide Open Spaces, Dixie Chicks
Sevens, Garth Brooks
Faith, Faith Hill
Come on Over, Shania Twain
Where Your Road Leads, Trisha Yearwood

1998: Unchained, Johnny Cash
Everything I Love, Alan Jackson
Long Stretch of Lonesome, Patty Loveless
Carrying Your Love With Me, George Strait
Under the Covers, Dwight Yoakam

1997: The Road to Ensenada, Lyle Lovett
Borderline, Brooks & Dunn
High Lonesome Sound, Vince Gill
The Trouble with the Truth, Patty Loveless
Everybody Knows, Trisha Yearwood
Gone, Dwight Yoakam

1996: The Woman in Me, Shania Twain
Junior High, Junior Brown
Music for All Occasions, The Mavericks
John Michael Montgomery, John Michael Montgomery
Thinkin’ About You, Trisha Yearwood
Dwight Live, Dwight Yoakam

1995: Stones in the Road, Mary Chapin Carpenter
Tribute to the Music of Bob Wills and the Texas Playboy, Asleep at the Wheel
When Love Finds You, Vince Gill
Read My Mind, Reba McEntire
The Song Remembers When, Trisha Yearwood

Best Country & Western Album

1966: The Return of Roger Miller, Roger Miller
The Jim Reeves Way, Jim Reeves
More of That Guitar Country, Chet Atkins
My World, Eddy Arnold
Father and Son: Hank Williams and Hank Williams Jr., Hank Williams & Hank Williams Jr.

1965: Dang Me / Chug-a-Lug, Roger Miller
The Best of Buck Owens, Buck Owens
Guitar Country, Chet Atkins
Hank Williams Jr. Sings Songs of Hank Williams, Hank Williams Jr.
The Best of Jim Reeves, Jim Reeves
Bitter Tears, Johnny Cash

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Last Updated on February 5, 2024