Art Vinyl

The Best Art Vinyl Award is the annual search for the most creative and well-designed record cover of the year. These pages include an archive of past winners and all 50 nominations from each year.

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A Who’s Who Of Record Cover Design Experts To Decide

The Best Album Covers Of The Year

We have our 50 shortlisted best album covers for the 19th Best Art Vinyl Award – the annual Art Prize for the most creative and well-designed record cover of the year.

This year, for the first time, a melting pot of eight talented panelists, representing the world of record cover art past and present, have not only curated the 50-strong shortlist, but will also decide the ultimate top three winning artworks. The result, a prestigious award title for this year’s winning artist/designer and the respective music artist.

The shortlisted album artworks for 2023 will form an exhibition on 29th Nov – 1st Dec at The international art hub of The Quarterhouse, Folkestone alongside an archive of outstanding sleeve art from the past eighteen Best Art Vinyl winners.

Final winners for 2023 will be revealed at an Awards event and unique art installation on 11th January 2024 at The Hari in Belgravia, London.

Art Vinyl Founder Andrew Heeps comments, “After 18 years of hosting the Best Art Vinyl Awards, we felt it was time to give the final decision to the organisation’s growing network of experienced and highly talented artists and designers, whom amongst them have been responsible for some of the most memorable album covers of all time. The panel members in previous years narrowed down the shortlisted album artworks of the year, but the public vote would decide the winning record cover. Giving the final decision back to the experts was the natural progression for an Art Prize that has grown in status each year for the many creatives in the music industry.”




With thanks to our Best Art Vinyl 2023 Judging Panel:

  • Alison Fielding, Head of Creative at Beggars Group
  • Andrew Heeps, Founder of Art Vinyl
  • Bill Smith, Sleeve Designer and Author of Cover Stories: Five decades of Album Art – cover art credits include The Jam, Genesis and Kate Bush
  • Gerard Saint, Senior Partner of Big Active – cover art credits include Michael Jackson, Goldfrapp and Elton John. Best Art Vinyl 2013 winner for White Lies – ‘Big TV’
  • Matthew Cooper, mrcooper – cover art credits include Arctic Monkeys, Franz Ferdinand, Noel Gallagher. Best Art Vinyl 2016 winner for Last Shadow Puppets – ‘Everything You’ve Come to Expect’
  • Paul Holbrook-Phillips, True Spilt Milk Designs – artwork credits include work for Lightning Bolt, Mastiff, and Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys. Best Art Vinyl 2021 winner for Villagers ‘Fever Dreams’
  • Rob O’Connor, Stylorouge Creative Consultants – cover art credits include Blur, Squeeze,
  • Simon Monk, – Winner of Best Art Vinyl 2022 for Black Country New Road ‘Ants From Up Here’


 Wednesday 29th Nov – Friday 1st Dec Best Art Vinyl 2023 Nominations Exhibition at The Quarterhouse, Folkestone

Saturday 6th January – Sunday 28th January 2023 Best Art Vinyl 2023 Nominations Installation at The Hari London, Belgravia

Thursday 11th January 2024: Best Art Vinyl 2023 Winners will be announced at The Hari London Belgravia


We take a look behind the artwork for some of the nominated records as we talk to the artists/designers to get the stories behind the covers in our Blog series ‘Uncovered’ WATCH THIS SPACE FOR 2023