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The Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album is an award given to recording artists for quality albums in the alternative rock genre at the Grammy Awards. The Grammy Awards were established in 1958 and originally called the Gramophone Awards. Honors in several categories are presented at the ceremony each year 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".

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 Academy, the award is presented to "vocal or instrumental alternative music albums containing at least 51% playing time of newly recorded music". The Academy defines "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.

As of 2011, Radiohead and The White Stripes share the record for the most wins in this category, having won three times each. Radiohead's lead singer, Thom Yorke, was also nominated for the 2007 award for his solo album. Beck and Coldplay have each received the award twice, the latter being the only group to win two years in a row. 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. Female musicians Tori Amos and Björk hold the record for the most nominations without a win, with five each.

Recipients

Thom Yorke
Thom Yorke of the three-time award-winning band Radiohead
Beastie-boys
1999 award winner, Beastie Boys
Chris Martin cropped
Chris Martin of the two-time award-winning band Coldplay
Jack & Meg, The White Stripes
Jack White and Meg White of the three-time award-winning band The White Stripes
Wilco - Roskilde Festival 2007
2005 award winner, Wilco
Year Performing artist(s) Nationality Work Nominees Ref.
1991 O'Connor, SinéadSinéad O'Connor Ireland I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got
  • Laurie AndersonStrange Angels
  • Kate BushThe Sensual World
  • The Replacements – All Shook Down
  • World Party – Goodbye Jumbo
1992 R.E.M. United States Out of Time
  • Elvis CostelloMighty Like a Rose
  • Jesus Jones – Doubt
  • NirvanaNevermind
  • Richard Thompson – Rumor and Sigh
1993 Waits, TomTom Waits United States Bone Machine
1994 U2 Ireland Zooropa
1995 Green Day United States Dookie
1996 Nirvana United States MTV Unplugged in New York
  • BjörkPost
  • Foo FightersFoo Fighters
  • PJ HarveyTo Bring You My Love
  • The Presidents of the United States of America – The Presidents of the United States of America
1997 Beck United States Odelay
1998 Radiohead United Kingdom OK Computer
1999 Beastie Boys United States Hello Nasty
2000 Beck United States Mutations
2001 Radiohead United Kingdom Kid A
2002 Coldplay United Kingdom Parachutes
2003 Coldplay United Kingdom A Rush of Blood to the Head
  • BeckSea Change
  • Clinic – Walking with Thee
  • Elvis Costello and the Imposters – Cruel Smile
  • The Soundtrack of Our Lives – Behind the Music
2004 The White Stripes United States Elephant
2005 Wilco United States A Ghost Is Born
  • BjörkMedúlla
  • Franz Ferdinand – Franz Ferdinand
  • PJ HarveyUh Huh Her
  • Modest MouseGood News for People Who Love Bad News
2006 The White Stripes United States Get Behind Me Satan
  • Arcade FireFuneral
  • BeckGuero
  • Death Cab for Cutie – Plans
  • Franz Ferdinand – You Could Have It So Much Better
2007 Gnarls Barkley United States St. Elsewhere
2008 The White Stripes United States Icky Thump
2009 Radiohead United Kingdom In Rainbows
  • BeckModern Guilt
  • Death Cab for Cutie – Narrow Stairs
  • Gnarls BarkleyThe Odd Couple
  • My Morning Jacket – Evil Urges
2010 Phoenix France Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
2011 The Black Keys United States Brothers
  • Arcade FireThe Suburbs
  • Band of Horses – Infinite Arms
  • Broken Bells – Broken Bells
  • Vampire Weekend – Contra

Each year is linked to the article about the Grammy Awards held that year.

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