Recognizing the best immersive audio albums of 2021.
The Grammy Award for Best Immersive Audio Album, formerly Best Surround Sound Album, was first awarded in 2005. Since then, the Recording Academy has annually recognized the best of the best in surround sound and immersive audio experiences. From “Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs” by Derek & The Dominos, to “Beyoncé” by Beyoncé, to “Early Americans” by Jane Ira Bloom, there have been a variety of genres and artists awarded the esteemed recognition of the golden gramophone.
As music formats have evolved and expanded over the years, so have the audiophile fans - so much so that we want to make sure your voices are heard! IAA created our first Listeners Choice Award last year for the best albums of 2020 - and we’re happy to announce its return for 2021!
After tallying your choices in the nomination round, here are the final nominees for Best Immersive Audio Album of 2021:
Steven Wilson: The Future Bites
A Bad Think: Lifelike
Gentle Giant: Free Hand
Jam & Lewis: Volume 1
Final round voting will run from Friday, December 10th through Friday, January 21st. Cast your vote in the form below!
[Read about the nominees!]
Read some album reviews from this year.
[Meet Last Year’s Winner]
From The Dark Side of the Moon by Mary Fahl!
Last year, we were pleased to award the IAA Listeners Choice Award to singer Mary Fahl, producers Mark Doyle and David Werner, as well as 5.1 mix engineer Bob Clearmountain, for the surround sound album that stole hearts in 2020.
What is the 2022 Grammy category for Best Immersive Audio Album?
The Grammy Award for Best Immersive Audio Album used to be called the category for “Best Surround Sound Album,” and was first awarded in 2005. Since then, the Recording Academy has annually recognized the best of the best in surround sound and immersive audio experiences, renaming the category in 2018 to accommodate all the newer formats being created – such as music in Dolby Atmos, Auro-3D, and more.
What are the Listeners’ Choice Awards?
Immersive Audio Album has created its own fan awards to honor and recognize the exceptional bodies of work released by surround sound and immersive audio creators. It started as a way to recognize artists when the Recording Academy put the category on pause during the Covid 19 pandemic. You can check out last year’s award here, given to “From The Dark Side of the Moon” by Mary Fahl, David Werner, and Mark Doyle. Thanks to a lot of happy feedback, we’ve decided to keep it going! After all, who better to judge the quality of surround sound and immersive audio music than the fans themselves?
Who can participate?
Anyone! We ask that you submit your selections based on having listened to the album in a proper surround sound or immersive audio environment. Whether it’s your home theater setup, your binaural headphones, or your car, there are many ways to listen to music in immersive formats and we want your opinion!
When will the winner be announced?
The winner will be announced on the same night as the 64th Grammys, January 31, 2022.