Best album art 2015: see the winners of the Best Art Vinyl awards

After global polling, last year’s favourite album covers have been picked, with nominee designs for artists including Kendrick Lamar and Tame Impala.


For the 10th consecutive year, the globe has voted in the winners of The Best Art Vinyl Award, which recognises top contemporary design and art in music.

With 2015 sales of vinyl growing faster than any other music format, this unique annual snapshot further shows vinyl can still enrapture in the age of Spotify.

Tens of thousands of you voted. In the top spot is the rich design work and dramatic landscape photography for David Gilmour's Rattle that Lock. Second place belongs to Drenge’s Undertow, followed by Tame Impala’s Currents.

Among the 50 nominees chosen by music industry experts and previous winners were the albums of Blur, Kendrick Lamar and Leftfield. As well as a stark contrast in artist genere, the design disciplines behind covers ranged expansively from sculpture to fine art.

The 2014 number one spot was taken by Dan Hillier’s intricate illustration for the Royal Blood debut album, which was catapulted into our consciousness as fast as the music itself. Klaxons’ Surfing the Void and Thom Yorke’s The Eraser have also topped the winners’ podium in previous years.

This January, the winners of the Best Art Vinyl 2015 will tour in exhibitions in London, Scotland, Germany and Hungary. But, if you can’t wait, here are the winners, plus some of our favourite nominations. 

See the 2014 winners here.

Best album cover art 2015: winner

Artist: David Gilmour 
Album: Rattle that Lock 
Design: Dave Stansbie, Audrey Powell 
Original photography: Rupert Truman 

Art director Dave Stansbie, founder of The Creative Corporation, collaborated with Audrey Powell, who has designed for the likes of Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin and Trex. Rupert Truman, who provided the original photography, told FMS Magazine the team had to travel to North Wales to get the best shot


Best album cover art 2015: 2

Artist: Drenge
Album: Undertow 
Photography: Donald Milne 

Donald Milne’s mysterious photo was shot in fading light, giving it a dangerous edge and revving up the intrigue. 

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Best album cover art 2015: 3

Artist: Tame Impala 
Album: Currents 
Concept: Kevin Parker 
Art and design: Robert Beatty 

Robert Beatty’s tightly, digitally designed album cover is beautifully matched with Tame Impala’s flowing tunes - no surprise, then, that he also masterminded the design for the rock band’s single Eventually.  


We've also picked our personal favourites of the nominees, kicking off with an album that was many music critic's favourite of the year.

Artist: Kendrick Lamar
Album: To Pimp a Butterfly 
Art direction: Kendrick Lamar, Dave Free, Vlad Septov 


Artist: Everything Everything
Album: Get to Heaven 
Illustration: Andrew Archer
Design: Johnny Costello, Adult Art Club 

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Artist: Squeeze
Album: Cradle to the Grave
Design and art direction: Sylorouge
Photography: Rob O’Connor 


Artist: Blur
Album: The Magic Whip 
Design: Tony hung 


Artist: Leftfield
Album: Alternative Light Source
Design: Cover Image 'School (Classroom)' 1989 by Mark Wallinger

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