The lists for the yearly classes of Nominees and Inductees selected for inclusion in the Album Cover Hall of Fame include the art directors, designers, illustrators and photographers who created the principal images used on record album covers released since 1960. We also included the people presented for other awards for singular achievements in the area, along with the record labels and musical acts that were strong proponents of the art of the album cover.
Finally, to help illustrate that the modern album cover came as the result of many years of development – in both the physical packaging and the artwork that adorned it – we thought that it would be important to honor those individuals whose influence early on left an indelible mark on album cover design and art going forward, and so we created the Early Influencers category (included in our first two years of voting – 2012-13) to both introduce and honor these trend-setting efforts.
Please note – in most cases, the Nominees’/Inductees’ portfolios of music industry-related work goes well beyond the samples listed next to his/her name and will usually include: a) works that were used elsewhere in/on a musical act’s record (back cover, inside gatefold, CD booklet, etc.), b) newspaper/magazine/book illustrations, and c) related uses (merchandise, gig posters, etc.). While a person’s work might be exceptional in any/all of those categories, we’ve asked our voters to stay focused on the nominee’s album cover works. We are not able to list all of a nominees works, as some have produced hundreds or thousands of examples, so if you’d like to view more of a nominee’s work in this area, we invite you to visit the links provided, or reference one of the many books and web sites used during the research phase of the ACHOF nominating process.