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Grammy Award for Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical

The Grammy Award for Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical has been awarded since 1959. The award had several minor name changes:

  • In 1959 the award was known as Best Engineered Record – Non-Classical
  • In 1960 it was awarded as Best Engineering Contribution – Other Than Classical or Novelty
  • From 1961 to 1962 it was awarded as Best Engineering Contribution – Popular Recording
  • In 1963 it was awarded as Best Engineering Contribution – Other Than Novelty and Other Than Classical
  • In 1964 it was awarded as Best Engineered Recording – Other Than Classical
  • From 1965 to 1991 it returned to the title Best Engineered Recording – Non-Classical
  • Since 1992 it has been awarded as Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical
Grammy Award for Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical
Awarded forquality engineering for a non-classical album
CountryUnited States
Presented byNational Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences
First awarded1959
Last awarded2017

This award is presented alongside the Grammy Award for Best Engineered Album, Classical. From 1960 to 1965 a further award was presented for Best Engineered Recording – Special or Novel Effects.

Years reflect the year in which the Grammy Awards were presented, for works released in the previous year. The award is presented to the audio engineer(s) on the winning work, not to the artist or performer, except if the artist is also a credited engineer.



Year Winner(s) Album Artist Nominees
2018 Serban Ghenea, John Hanes & Charles Moniz, engineers; Tom Coyne, mastering engineer 24K Magic Bruno Mars

2017 David Bowie, Tom Elmhirst, Kevin Killen & Tony Visconti, engineers; Joe LaPorta, mastering engineer Blackstar David Bowie

2016 Shawn Everett, engineer; Bob Ludwig, mastering engineer Sound & Color Alabama Shakes

2015 Tom Elmhirst, Cole M. Greif-Neill, David Greenbaum, Florian Lagatta, Cole Marsden, Robbie Nelson, Darrell Thorp, Cassidy Turbin & Joe Visciano, engineers; Bob Ludwig, mastering engineer Morning Phase Beck

2014 Peter Franco, Mick Guzauski, Daniel Lerner & Florian Lagatta, engineers; Bob Ludwig & Antoine Chabert, mastering engineers Random Access Memories Daft Punk

2013 Richard King, engineer & mastering engineer The Goat Rodeo Sessions Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer & Chris Thile

2012 Mike Shipley & Neal Cappellino, engineers; Brad Blackwood, mastering engineer Paper Airplane Alison Krauss & Union Station

2011 Michael H. Brauer, Joe Ferla, Chad Franscoviak & Manny Marroquin, engineers Battle Studies John Mayer

2010 Imogen Heap, engineer Ellipse Imogen Heap


Year Winner(s) Album Artist Nominees
2009 Joe Chiccarelli & Vance Powell, engineers Consolers of the Lonely The Raconteurs

2008 Tchad Blake, Cameron Craig, Emery Dobyns & Jimmy Hogarth, engineers Beauty & Crime Suzanne Vega

2007 The Flaming Lips and Dave Fridmann, engineers At War with the Mystics The Flaming Lips

2006 Alan Douglas & Mick Guzauski, engineers Back Home Eric Clapton

2005 Robert Fernandez, John Harris, Terry Howard, Pete Karam, Joel Moss, Seth Presant, Al Schmitt & Ed Thacker, engineers Genius Loves Company Ray Charles & Various Artists

2004 Nigel Godrich & Darrell Thorp, engineers Hail to the Thief Radiohead

2003 S. Husky Höskulds, Arif Mardin & Jay Newland, engineers Come Away with Me Norah Jones

2002 Al Schmitt, engineer The Look of Love Diana Krall

2001 Phil Burnett, Roger Nichols, Dave Russell & Elliot Scheiner, engineers Two Against Nature Steely Dan

2000 Al Schmitt, engineer When I Look in Your Eyes Diana Krall


Year Winner(s) Album Artist Nominees
1999 Andy Wallace, Tchad Blake & Trina Shoemaker, engineers The Globe Sessions Sheryl Crow

1998 Frank Filipetti, engineer Hourglass James Taylor

1997 Francis Buckley, Al Schmitt, Bruce Swedien & Tommy Vicari, engineers Q's Jook Joint Quincy Jones & Various Artists

1996 Dave Bianco, Richard Dodd, Stephen McLaughlin & Jim Scott, engineers Wildflowers Tom Petty

1995 Ed Cherney, engineer Longing in Their Hearts Bonnie Raitt

1994 Hugh Padgham, engineer Ten Summoner's Tales Sting

1993 Bruce Swedien & Teddy Riley, engineers Dangerous Michael Jackson

1992 Al Schmitt, Armin Steiner & Woody Woodruff, engineers Unforgettable... with Love Natalie Cole

1991 Bruce Swedien, engineer Back on the Block Quincy Jones

1990 George Massenburg, engineer Cry Like a Rainstorm, Howl Like the Wind Linda Ronstadt


Year Winner(s) Album Artist Nominees
1989 Tom Lord-Alge, engineer Roll with It Steve Winwood

1988 Bruce Swedien & Humberto Gatica, engineers Bad Michael Jackson

1987 Jason Corsaro & Tom Lord-Alge, engineers Back in the High Life Steve Winwood

1986 Neil Dorfsman, engineer Brothers in Arms Dire Straits

1985 Humberto Gatica, engineer Chicago 17 Chicago

1984 Bruce Swedien, engineer Thriller Michael Jackson

1983 Tom Knox, Greg Ladanyi, David Leonard & Al Schmitt, engineers Toto IV Toto

1982 Jerry Garszva, Roger Nichols, Elliot Scheiner & Bill Schnee, engineers Gaucho Steely Dan

1981 James Guthrie, engineer The Wall Pink Floyd

1980 Peter Henderson, engineer Breakfast in America Supertramp


Year Winner(s) Album Artist Nominees
1979 Roger Nichols & Al Schmitt, engineers "FM (No Static at All)" Steely Dan

1978 Roger Nichols, Elliot Scheiner, Al Schmitt & Bill Schnee, engineers Aja Steely Dan

1977 Al Schmitt, engineer Breezin' George Benson

1976 Brooks Arthur, Larry Alexander & Russ Payne, engineers Between the Lines Janis Ian

1975 Geoff Emerick, engineer Band on the Run Paul McCartney & Wings

1974 Malcolm Cecil & Robert Margouleff, engineers Innervisions Stevie Wonder

1973 Armin Steiner, engineer Moods Neil Diamond

1972 Henry Bush, Ron Capone & Dave Purple, engineers "Theme from Shaft" Isaac Hayes

1971 Roy Halee, engineer Bridge Over Troubled Water Simon & Garfunkel

1970 Geoff Emerick & Phil McDonald, engineers Abbey Road The Beatles


Year Winner(s) Album Artist Nominees
1969 Hugh Davies & Joe Polito, engineers "Wichita Lineman" Glen Campbell

1968 Geoff Emerick, engineer Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band The Beatles

1967 Eddie Brackett & Lee Herschberg, engineers Strangers in the Night Frank Sinatra

1966 Larry Levine, engineer "A Taste of Honey" Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass

1965 Phil Ramone, engineer Getz/Gilberto Stan Getz & João Gilberto

1964 James Malloy, engineer Charade (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) Henry Mancini

1963 Al Schmitt, engineer Hatari! (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) Henry Mancini

1962 Robert Arnold, engineer Judy at Carnegie Hall Judy Garland

1961 Luis P. Valentin, engineer Ella Fitzgerald Sings the George and Ira Gershwin Songbook Ella Fitzgerald

1960 Robert Simpson, engineer Belafonte at Carnegie Hall Harry Belafonte
  • Big Band Guitar (Buddy Morrow) — Robert Simpson, engineer
  • Compulsion to Swing (Henri René) — Robert Simpson, engineer
  • New Sounds at the Roosevelt (Larry Elgart) — Robert Simpson, engineer
  • Strings Aflame (Esquivel) — Ernest Oelrich, engineer


Year Winner(s) Album Artist Nominees
1959 Ted Keep, engineer "The Chipmunk Song" David Seville