|Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album|
|Awarded for||Quality albums in the alternative genre|
|Presented by||National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences|
|Currently held by||The National, Sleep Well Beast (2018)|
The Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album is an award presented to recording artists for quality albums in the alternative 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". After several updates of the category description, the Grammy organisation issued the following statement for the 2019 Grammy season:
Alternative is defined as a genre of music that embraces attributes of progression and innovation in both the music and attitudes associated with it. It is often a less intense version of rock or a more intense version of pop and is typically regarded as more original, eclectic, or musically challenging. It may embrace a variety of subgenres or any hybrids thereof and may include recordings that don't fit into other genre categories.
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.
As of 2018, Radiohead and The White Stripes share the record for the most wins in this category, having won three times each. Two female solo artists have won the award, Sinéad O'Connor and St. Vincent. With eight nominations to date, Radiohead holds the record for the most nominations in this category; Radiohead singer Thom Yorke was also nominated for the 2007 award for his solo album. Björk also holds the record for the most nominations for a solo artist, as well as the record for the most nominations without a win. Beck and Coldplay have each received the award twice, the latter being the only group to win two years consecutively. American artists have been presented with the award more than any other nationality, though it has been presented to musicians or groups from the United Kingdom five times, from Ireland twice, and from France once.
|1991||Sinéad O'Connor||I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got|||
|1992||R.E.M.||Out of Time|||
|1993||Tom Waits||Bone Machine|||
|1996||Nirvana||MTV Unplugged in New York|||
|1999||Beastie Boys||Hello Nasty|||
|2003||Coldplay||A Rush of Blood to the Head|||
|2004||The White Stripes||Elephant|||
|2005||Wilco||A Ghost Is Born|||
|2006||The White Stripes||Get Behind Me Satan|||
|2007||Gnarls Barkley||St. Elsewhere|||
|2008||The White Stripes||Icky Thump|||
|2010||Phoenix||Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix|||
|2011||The Black Keys||Brothers|||
|2012||Bon Iver||Bon Iver|||
|2014||Vampire Weekend||Modern Vampires of the City||
|2015||St. Vincent||St. Vincent|||
|2016||Alabama Shakes||Sound & Color|||
|2018||The National||Sleep Well Beast|||
^[I] Each year is linked to the article about the Grammy Awards held that year.