Best Art Vinyl Award 2021

Damien Hirst Shortlisted For Annual Album Cover Design Award

On November 8th Art Vinyl launches ‘Best Art Vinyl 2021’, the annual search for the most creative and well-designed record cover of the year, joining an archive of outstanding designs from the past sixteen years.

A diverse shortlist of 50 striking record covers is compiled by a panel of highly respected industry experts and designers. This year sees works by a range of artists and designers from household names like Damien Hirst to genius new creatives, revealing their debut commercial projects in the form of vinyl record covers.

Music artists whose album covers have made the top 50 this year include legendary veterans, Duran Duran with their 15th studio album ‘Future Past’, Sir Elton John’s collaboration album ‘The Lockdown Sessions’, and The Manic Street Preachers with their 14th LP ‘The Ultra Vivid Lament’. The public will be invited to vote for their favorites online at or in-person via the exhibitions that will run alongside the Award, which will ultimately decide the overall winner.

This year to celebrate the outstanding sleeve designs, Best Art Vinyl 2021 will be accompanied by exhibitions across the UK, culminating with final winners revealed at an Awards event and unique art installation on 6th January at The Hari Hotel in Belgravia, London, voted the No1 hotel in the UK for Trip Advisor’s 2021 Traveller’s Choice Award.

An exhibition that curates all 50 nominations for Best Art Vinyl 2021 together with the previous winning sleeves from the last 16 years will be running at The Spring Arts Centre in Havant, UK.

Nominated Records and Public voting on

Winners announced 6th Jan 2022, Hari Hotel London

Best Art Vinyl 2021 Judging Panel:

  • Matthew Cooper, Designer mrcooper– Arctic Monkeys, Franz Ferdinand, Noel Gallagher. Best Art Vinyl 2016 winner for Last Shadow Puppets – ‘Everything You’ve Come to Expect’
  • Alison Fielding, Head of Creative at Beggars Group
  • Andrew Heeps, Founder of Art Vinyl
  • Rob O’Connor, Stylorouge Creative Consultants – Blur, Squeeze, Morrissey.
  • Russell Oliver, Painter/Artist– Winner of Best Art Vinyl 2020 for IDLES ‘Ultra Mono’
  • Bill Smith, Author of Cover Stories: Five decades of Album Art book/cover-stories/bill-smith

Last Updated on November 8, 2021 by retrofuturista

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