Awards & Winners

Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album

Grammy Awards

The Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album is an award presented to recording artists for quality albums in the alternative rock genre 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". While the definition of "alternative" has been debated, the award was first presented in 1991 to recognize non-mainstream rock albums "heavily played on college radio stations". According to the category description guide for the 52nd Grammy Awards, the award is presented to "vocal or instrumental alternative music albums containing at least 51% playing time of newly recorded music", defining "alternative" as a "non-traditional" genre that exists "outside of the mainstream music consciousness". In 1991, and from 1994 to 1999, the award was known as Best Alternative Music Performance. Beginning in 2001, award recipients included the producers, engineers, and/or mixers associated with the nominated work in addition to the recording artists.

Check all the winners of Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album presented under Grammy Awards since 1990 .

Vampire Weekend

Honored for : Modern Vampires of the City

Nominations 2013 »

Nominee Nominated Work
Neko Case The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You
The National Trouble Will Find Me
Tame Impala Lonerism
Vampire Weekend Modern Vampires of the City
Nine Inch Nails Hesitation Marks

Gotye, Francois Tetaz

Honored for : Making Mirrors
(Gotye, artist. Francois Tetaz, engineer/mixer. Gotye, producer.)

Nominations 2012 »

Nominee Nominated Work
Fiona Apple The Idler Wheel...
Björk Biophilia
Gotye Making Mirrors
Gotye, artist. Francois Tetaz, engineer/mixer. Gotye, producer.
Francois Tetaz Making Mirrors
Gotye, artist. Francois Tetaz, engineer/mixer. Gotye, producer.
M83 Hurry Up, We\u2019re Dreaming
Tom Waits Bad as Me

Bon Iver

Honored for : Bon Iver, Bon Iver

Nominations 2011 »

Nominee Nominated Work
Bon Iver Bon Iver, Bon Iver
Death Cab for Cutie Codes and Keys
Foster the People Torches
My Morning Jacket Circuital
Radiohead The King of Limbs

The Black Keys, Tchad Blake, Mark Neill

Honored for : Brothers
(Producers, Artist, Engineers/mixers)

Nominations 2010 »

Nominee Nominated Work
The Black Keys Brothers
2011 Best Alternative Music Album
Mark Neill Brothers
2011 Best Alternative Music Album
Tchad Blake Brothers
2011 Best Alternative Music Album
Arcade Fire The Suburbs
Band of Horses Infinite Arms
Broken Bells Broken Bells
Vampire Weekend Contra

Philippe Zdar, Phoenix

Honored for : Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
(Engineer/Mixer, Producers, Artist)

Nominations 2009 »

Nominee Nominated Work
David Byrne Everything That Happens Will Happen Today
Brian Eno Everything That Happens Will Happen Today
Death Cab for Cutie The Open Door EP
Depeche Mode Sounds of the Universe
Phoenix Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
Philippe Zdar Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
Yeah Yeah Yeahs It's Blitz!

Radiohead, Dan Grech-Marguerat, Richard Woodcraft, Hugo Nicolson, Nigel Godrich

Honored for : In Rainbows
(Engineer, Artist, Engineer/Producer)

Nominations 2008 »

Nominee Nominated Work
My Morning Jacket Evil Urges
Gnarls Barkley The Odd Couple
Beck Hansen Modern Guilt
Death Cab for Cutie Narrow Stairs
Radiohead In Rainbows

The White Stripes

Honored for : Icky Thump

Nominations 2007 »

Nominee Nominated Work
The Shins Wincing the Night Away
Björk Volta
Lily Allen Alright, Still
Arcade Fire Neon Bible
The White Stripes Icky Thump

Kennie Takahashi, Gnarls Barkley, Ben H. Allen

Honored for : St. Elsewhere
(Artist, Engineers/mixers)

Nominations 2006 »

Nominee Nominated Work
Yeah Yeah Yeahs Show Your Bones
The Flaming Lips At War With the Mystics
Thom Yorke The Eraser
Arctic Monkeys Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not
Kennie Takahashi St. Elsewhere
Gnarls Barkley St. Elsewhere
Ben H. Allen St. Elsewhere

John P. Hampton, Matthew Kettle, The White Stripes

Honored for : Get Behind Me Satan
(Engineer, Engineer/mixer, Artist)

Nominations 2005 »

Nominee Nominated Work
Death Cab for Cutie Plans
Arcade Fire Funeral
Franz Ferdinand You Could Have It So Much Better
The White Stripes Get Behind Me Satan
Matthew Kettle Get Behind Me Satan
John P. Hampton Get Behind Me Satan
Beck Hansen Guero

Wilco, Jim O'Rourke, Chris Shaw

Honored for : A Ghost Is Born
(Engineers/Mixers, Producer, Jim O'Rourke:, Artist)

Nominations 2004 »

Nominee Nominated Work
Björk Medúlla
Modest Mouse Good News for People Who Love Bad News
Franz Ferdinand Franz Ferdinand
PJ Harvey Uh Huh Her
Wilco A Ghost Is Born

Liam Watson, The White Stripes

Honored for : Elephant
(Engineer/Mixer, Artist)

Nominations 2003 »

Nominee Nominated Work
The Flaming Lips Fight Test
Sigur Rós ( )
Yeah Yeah Yeahs Fever to Tell
Radiohead Hail to the Thief
The White Stripes Elephant

Coldplay, Mark Phythian, Ken Nelson

Honored for : A Rush of Blood to the Head

Nominations 2002 »

Nominee Nominated Work
Beck Hansen Sea Change
Clinic Walking With Thee
The Soundtrack of Our Lives Behind the Music
Elvis Costello & The Imposters Cruel Smile
Mark Phythian A Rush of Blood to the Head
Ken Nelson A Rush of Blood to the Head
Coldplay A Rush of Blood to the Head

Ken Nelson, Coldplay, Michael Brauer

Honored for : Parachutes

Nominations 2001 »

Nominee Nominated Work
Radiohead Amnesiac
Björk Vespertine
Fatboy Slim Halfway Between the Gutter and the Stars
Tori Amos Strange Little Girls
Michael Brauer Parachutes
Ken Nelson Parachutes
Coldplay Parachutes

Radiohead, Nigel Godrich

Honored for : Kid A

Nominations 2000 »

Nominee Nominated Work
The Cure Bloodflowers
Fiona Apple When the Pawn
Beck Hansen Midnite Vultures
Paul McCartney Liverpool Sound Collage
Nigel Godrich Kid A
Radiohead Kid A

Beck Hansen

Honored for : Mutations
(Best Alternative Music Performance)

Nominations 1999 »

Nominee Nominated Work
Moby Play
Fatboy Slim You've Come a Long Way, Baby
Tori Amos To Venus and Back
Nine Inch Nails The Fragile
Beck Hansen Mutations

Beastie Boys

Honored for : Hello Nasty
(Best Alternative Music Performance)

Nominations 1998 »

Nominee Nominated Work
Beastie Boys Hello Nasty
PJ Harvey Is This Desire?
Tori Amos From the Choirgirl Hotel
The Smashing Pumpkins Adore
Radiohead Airbag / How Am I Driving?


Honored for : OK Computer

Nominations 1997 »

Nominee Nominated Work
The Prodigy The Fat of the Land
David Bowie Earthling
The Chemical Brothers Dig Your Own Hole
Björk Homogenic
Radiohead OK Computer

Beck Hansen

Honored for : Odelay

Nominations 1996 »

Nominee Nominated Work
Tori Amos Boys for Pele
The Smashing Pumpkins Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness
R.E.M. New Adventures in Hi-Fi
Tracy Bonham The Burdens of Being Upright
Toni Braxton You're Makin Me High
Beck Hansen Odelay


Honored for : MTV Unplugged in New York

Nominations 1995 »

Nominee Nominated Work
Nirvana MTV Unplugged in New York
Björk Post
Foo Fighters Foo Fighters
The Presidents of the United States of America The Presidents of the United States of America
PJ Harvey To Bring You My Love

Green Day

Honored for : Dookie
(Best Alternative Music Performance)

Nominations 1994 »

Nominee Nominated Work
Sarah McLachlan Fumbling Towards Ecstasy
Crash Test Dummies God Shuffled His Feet
Nine Inch Nails The Downward Spiral
Tori Amos Under the Pink
Green Day Dookie


Honored for : Zooropa

Nominations 1993 »

Nominee Nominated Work
R.E.M. Automatic for the People
Belly Star
The Smashing Pumpkins Siamese Dream
Nirvana In Utero
U2 Zooropa
1994 Best Alternative Music Album

Tom Waits

Honored for : Bone Machine

Nominations 1992 »

Nominee Nominated Work
The B-52's Good Stuff
The Cure Wish
XTC Nonsuch
Morrissey Your Arsenal
Tom Waits Bone Machine


Honored for : Out of Time

Nominations 1991 »

Nominee Nominated Work
R.E.M. Out of Time
Nirvana Nevermind
Jesus Jones Doubt
Richard Thompson Rumor and Sigh
Elvis Costello Mighty Like a Rose

Sinéad O'Connor

Honored for : I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got

Nominations 1990 »

Nominee Nominated Work
The Replacements All Shook Down
Kate Bush The Sensual World
Laurie Anderson Strange Angels
World Party Goodbye Jumbo
Sinéad O'Connor I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got