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The 2024 Grammy Nominees for Best Packaging Are…

The Grammy Awards celebrate some of the biggest names in music, but they also showcase lesser-known releases with lavish collectible packaging.

The Grammy awards are often given to the music industry’s most popular artists, but the gold-plated gramophones are also handed out for more niche achievements in deluxe packaging and design that may be of greater interest to collectors.

The nominees below for Best Recording Package and Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package include collector’s gold releases with details like a lenticular 3D cover, a flocked blacklight-sensitive jacket, and hidden messages that are visible with “decoder red” vinyl. Explore these rare and collectible releases nominated for the 2024 Grammy Awards.

Best Recording Package

Caroline Rose
The Art Of Forgetting

Rock, Pop
The Art Of Forgetting
Caroline Rose
2023
Rock, Folk, World, & Country, Art Rock, Indie Rock, Folk
2 x Vinyl, 45 RPM, Album, Limited Edition
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This deluxe pressing of The Art Of Forgetting is referred to as the “audiophile edition,” with clear vinyl that plays at 45 RPM and a gatefold sleeve with a lenticular 3-dimensional cover. Some copies also came with an Art Of Forgetting matchbook that features the album’s cover art.


Hsuan Chang Kitano
CADENZA 21′

The design concept for CADENZA 21’ centers around the 11 instruments featured on the album, which include a nose flute, pipa, erhu, and harpsichord. The album’s geometric representation of global music is represented by the packaging’s artful use of paper cutting.


The Arcs
Electrophonic Chronic

Rock, Blues
Electrophonic Chronic
The Arcs
2023
Rock, Blues, Blues Rock, Indie Rock
Vinyl, Album, Picture Disc
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The “Chronic Edition” of Electrophonic Chronic features a picture disc with a zoetrope design and cover art that is blacklight-sensitive. The album’s fold-out poster is also enhanced when viewed under the influence of a blacklight.


Brad Breeck
Gravity Falls (Original Soundtrack)

Composer
Gravity Falls (Original Soundtrack)
Brad Breeck
2022
Stage & Screen, Soundtrack
2 x Vinyl, Album, Limited Edition
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The Gravity Falls (Original Soundtrack) comes with printed inner sleeves that contain hidden messages. Once the “decoder red” vinyl is placed over the artwork, memorable quotes from the show begin to reveal themselves.


Dry Cleaning
Stumpwork

Post-Punk
Stumpwork
Dry Cleaning
2022
Rock, Alternative Rock, Post Rock
Vinyl, Album, Limited Edition, Numbered, Special Edition
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This limited-edition pressing of Stumpwork features a mirror-board sleeve with embossed white text, tracing paper center labels, and a cut-up piece of the master recording tape. Limited to 1,500 copies, the entire pressing was hand-numbered to order.


Leaf Yeh
Migration

The packaging for the Migration CD is so uniquely interactive, it must be seen to be believed. The cover art features rotating discs with cut-outs that can be arranged to reveal different design elements underneath, and the book-like liner notes feature pages that trigger moving pictures as you flip them.

Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package

Lou Reed
Words & Music May 1965

Rock, Experimental
Words & Music May 1965
Lou Reed
2022
Rock, Folk, World, & Country, Folk, Acoustic, Rock & Roll
Vinyl, CD, Album, Remastered, Deluxe Edition, Limited Edition, Numbered
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The inaugural release from Light In The Attic’s Lou Reed Archive Series includes a die-cut book featuring lyrics, archival photos, and liner notes, as well as an archival reproduction of a letter written by Reed to Delmore Schwartz, and pockets in the sleeve that hold the book, CD, and 7-inch included with the release.


Bo Burnham
Inside (Deluxe)

The Inside Deluxe Box Set
Bo Burnham
2022
Electronic, Rock, Pop, Stage & Screen, Soundtrack
3 x Vinyl, Album, Deluxe Edition, Reissue, Box Set, Limited Edition
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The deluxe edition of Bo Burnham’s Inside is a 3-LP set with dual-cover jackets that feature printed inner sleeves housed in RGB translucent outer sleeves. The deluxe version also comes with a lyric book, art card, and three Inside window clings.


NGỌT
Gieo

Psychedelic Rock
Gieo
NGỌT
2022
Rock, Pop, Psychedelic Rock
CD, Album
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The Gieo box set may be the most elaborate release on the entire list, as this 20-minute unboxing video demonstrates. Multiple boxes, posters, stickers, and envelopes present a kaleidoscopic journey to the CD at its center, printed with a psychedelic zoetrope design. The set also includes a package of flower seeds and two plant-growing foam platforms.


Various
For The Birds: The Birdsong Project

For The Birds: The Birdsong Project
Various
2022
Electronic, Jazz, Rock, Latin, Funk / Soul, Blues, Non-Music, Classical, Folk, World, & Country, Ambient, Avant-garde Jazz, Poetry, Bluegrass, Folk, Classical, Abstract, Neo-Classical, Spoken Word, Sound Collage
20 x Vinyl, Box Set
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This 20-LP box set is full of art, songs, and poems about birds, featuring musicians like Mark Ronson and the Flaming Lips and poets such as W.S. Merwin and Allen Ginsberg. All proceeds from the sale of this collection and its supporting events have been donated to the National Audubon Society.


Neutral Milk Hotel
The Collected Works Of Neutral Milk Hotel

The Collected Works Of Neutral Milk Hotel
Neutral Milk Hotel
2023
Rock, Folk Rock, Psychedelic Rock, Indie Rock
Vinyl, Album, Reissue, Deluxe Edition, Box Set, Compilation, Limited Edition
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Featuring rare and previously unreleased recordings, The Collected Works Of Neutral Milk Hotel also includes brand new artwork, picture disc vinyl, and two fold-out posters. The two-piece, telescoping, case-wrapped box and enhanced cardboard jacket stock make this box set a true work of art and a must-have for the die-hard Neutral Milk Hotel fan.

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