Grammy Award for Best American Roots Performance

The Grammy Award for Best American Roots Performance is an award category at the annual Grammy Awards. It was first presented in 2015.

Grammy Award for Best American Roots Performance
Awarded forquality performances in the American Roots subgenres (folk, bluegrass, regional roots music, etc.)
CountryUnited States
Presented byNational Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences
First awarded2015
Currently held bySara Bareilles, "Saint Honesty" (2020)

The award was first approved by the Board of Trustees of the Grammy Awards in June 2014.[1] According to NARAS, the award encompasses all of the subgenres of the American Roots category field, which include Americana, bluegrass, blues, folk and other forms of regional roots music. The category is open for solo artists, duos, groups and other collaborations and is for singles or tracks only.

The Grammy is awarded to the performer(s) of the winning recording.



Inaugural recipient Rosanne Cash
Year Artist(s) Work
Rosanne Cash "A Feather's Not a Bird"
Gregg Allman and Taj Mahal "Statesboro Blues"
Billy Childs featuring Alison Krauss and Jerry Douglas "And When I Die"
Keb' Mo' featuring the California Feet Warmers "The Old Me Better"
Nickel Creek "Destination"
Mavis Staples "See That My Grave Is Kept Clean"
Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn "And Am I Born to Die"
Buddy Guy "Born to Play Guitar"
Milk Carton Kids "City of Our Lady"
Punch Brothers "Julep"
Sarah Jarosz "House of Mercy"
The Avett Brothers "Ain't No Man"
Blind Boys of Alabama "Mother's Children Have a Hard Time"
Rhiannon Giddens "Factory Girl"
Lori McKenna "Wreck You"
Alabama Shakes "Killer Diller Blues"
Blind Boys of Alabama "Let My Mother Live"
Glen Campbell "Arkansas Farmboy"
Leonard Cohen "Steer Your Way"
Alison Krauss "I Never Cared for You"
Brandi Carlile "The Joke"
Sean Ardoin "Kick Rocks"
Jon Batiste "Saint James Infirmary Blues"
Anderson East "All on My Mind"
Willie Nelson "Last Man Standing"


Year Artist(s) Work
Sara Bareilles "Saint Honesty"
Calexico and Iron & Wine "Father Mountain"
Rhiannon Giddens & Francesco Turrisi "I'm on My Way"
I'm With Her "Call My Name"
Yola "Faraway Look"

Artists with multiple nominationsEdit

2 nominations

See alsoEdit

References and linksEdit

  1. ^, 12 June 2014
  2. ^ Lynch, Joe (November 28, 2017). "Grammys 2018: See the Complete List of Nominees". Billboard. Retrieved November 29, 2017.
  3. ^ "Grammy Awards Nominations: The Complete List". Variety. 2019-11-20. Retrieved 2019-11-20.