Grammy Award for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album

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The Grammy Award for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album is an award presented to recording artists at the Grammy Awards, a ceremony that was established in 1958 and originally called the Gramophone Awards. 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".

Grammy Award for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
Awarded forQuality albums containing 51% or more playing time of vocal tracks in the "traditional" genre (Great American Songbook)
CountryUnited States
Presented byNational Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences
First awarded1992
Currently held byLaufeyBewitched (2024)
Most awardsTony Bennett (14)
Most nominationsTony Bennett (17)

The award has been presented every year since 1992, though it has had two name changes throughout its history. In 1992 the award was known as Best Traditional Pop Performance, from 1993 to 2000 the award was known as Best Traditional Pop Vocal Performance, and since 2001 it has been awarded as Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album. Apart from the first year it was presented, the award has been designated for "albums containing 51% or more playing time of vocal tracks", with "traditional" referring to the "composition, vocal styling, and the instrumental arrangement" of the body of music known as the Great American Songbook.

The 1992 award was presented to Natalie Cole for the spliced-together duet of her and her father, Nat King Cole, performing his original recording of "Unforgettable". This is the only instance in which the traditional pop award was awarded for a song, as opposed to an album. Prior to 2001, the Grammy was presented to the performing artists only; since then the award has been given to the performing artists, the engineers/mixers, as well as the producers, provided they worked on more than 51 percent of playing time on the album. Producers and engineers who worked on less than 50 percent of playing time of the album, as well as mastering engineers do not win an award, but can apply for a Winners Certificate.


Fourteen-time award winner Tony Bennett
Two-time award winner Natalie Cole
2002 award winner, Harry Connick Jr., performing in 2007
2004 award winner, k.d. lang, performing in 2008
2005 award winner, Rod Stewart
Four-time award winner Michael Bublé at the Juno Awards of 2009
Two-time award winner Lady Gaga
Willie Nelson has won twice.
2021 recipient James Taylor
Year[I] Performing artist(s) Work Nominees Ref.
1992 Natalie Cole "Unforgettable"
1993 Tony Bennett Perfectly Frank
1994 Steppin' Out
1995 MTV Unplugged: Tony Bennett
1996 Frank Sinatra Duets II
1997 Tony Bennett Here's to the Ladies
1998 Tony Bennett on Holiday
1999 Patti Page Live at Carnegie Hall: The 50th Anniversary Concert
2000 Tony Bennett Bennett Sings Ellington: Hot & Cool
2001 Joni Mitchell Both Sides Now
2002 Harry Connick Jr. Songs I Heard
2003 Tony Bennett Playin' with My Friends: Bennett Sings the Blues
2004 Tony Bennett and k.d. lang A Wonderful World
2005 Rod Stewart Stardust: The Great American Songbook, Volume III
2006 Tony Bennett The Art of Romance
2007 Duets: An American Classic
2008 Michael Bublé Call Me Irresponsible
2009 Natalie Cole Still Unforgettable
2010 Michael Bublé Michael Bublé Meets Madison Square Garden
2011 Crazy Love
2012 Tony Bennett Duets II
2013 Paul McCartney Kisses on the Bottom
2014 Michael Bublé To Be Loved
2015 Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga Cheek to Cheek
2016 Tony Bennett and Bill Charlap The Silver Lining: The Songs of Jerome Kern
2017 Willie Nelson Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin
  • (Various artists)
  • Dae Bennett, producer[II]
Tony Bennett Celebrates 90
2019 Willie Nelson My Way
2020 Elvis Costello & The Imposters Look Now
2021 James Taylor American Standard
2022 Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga Love for Sale
2023 Michael Bublé Higher
2024 Laufey Bewitched
  • ^[I] Each year is linked to the article about the Grammy Awards held that year.
  • ^[II] Award only went to a producer of the album, not the performing artist(s).

Artists with multiple wins

Artists with multiple nominations

See also