Album Covers of the Year 2021

REDEFINE’s annual Album Covers of the Year feature consolidates interviews from artists and musicians to highlight philosophical, thematic, and conceptual significance of great album cover artwork spanning a wide range of visual and sonic styles.
Inside this feature are 155 album covers, each selected for its own unique contribution to the world. They are not ranked; instead, they are broken down into sections based on artistic medium or discipline. Due to the evolution of album artwork, some of these album covers may be difficult to categorize and span multiple categories; they are presented in only one which may feel most suited for its presentation.


Album Covers of the Year 2021 - 3D + Digital
Album Covers of the Year 2021 - Collage + Mixed Media
Album Covers of the Year 2021 - Graphic + Design
Album Covers of the Year 2021 - Illustration, Pt. 1
Album Covers of the Year 2021 - IIllustration, Pt. 2
Album Covers of the Year 2021 - Painting
Album Covers of the Year 2021 - Photography
Album Covers of the Year 2021 - Photography
Album Covers of the Year 2021 - Sculpture + Object

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Vee Hua 華婷婷

Vee Hua 華婷婷 (they/them) is a writer, filmmaker, and organizer with semi-nomadic tendencies. Much of their work unifies their metaphysical interests with their belief that art can positively transform the self and society. They are the Editor-in-Chief of REDEFINE, Interim Managing Editor of South Seattle Emerald, and Co-Chair of the Seattle Arts Commission. They also previously served as the Executive Director of the interdisciplinary community hub, Northwest Film Forum, where they played a key role in making the space more welcoming and accessible for diverse audiences.

Vee has two narrative short films. Searching Skies (2017) touches on Syrian refugee resettlement in the United States; with it, they helped co-organize The Seventh Art Stand, a national film and civil rights discussion series against Islamophobia. Reckless Spirits (2022) is a metaphysical, multi-lingual POC buddy comedy for a bleak new era, in anticipation of a feature-length project.

Vee is passionate about cultural space, the environment, and finding ways to covertly and overtly disrupt oppressive structures. They also regularly share observational human stories through their storytelling newsletter, RAMBLIN’ WITH VEE!, and are pursuing a Master’s in Tribal Resource and Environmental Stewardship under the Native American Studies Department at the University of Minnesota.

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2 years ago


2 years ago

Beautiful selection, amazing artwork!

2 months ago

Hi, when will album covers of the year 2023 be released? Thank you

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