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Grammy Award for Best Contemporary (R&R) Performance

The Grammy Awards in the Best Contemporary (R&R) Performance categories were awarded in 1966, 1967 and 1968. They appeared in different guises at the Grammy's, aimed at male and female soloists and duos/groups. The Recording Academy used these categories to distinguish contemporary or rock 'n' roll recordings from traditional pop recordings, which had their own Best Pop Vocal Performance categories for male and female soloists and for duos or groups.


Year Recipient Nominee
1968 Best Contemporary Female Solo Vocal Performance
"Ode to Billie Joe" by Bobbie Gentry
Best Contemporary Male Solo Vocal Performance
"By the Time I Get to Phoenix" by Glen Campbell
Best Contemporary Group Performance (Vocal or Instrumental)
"Up, Up and Away" by The 5th Dimension
Best Contemporary Single
"Up, Up and Away" by The 5th Dimension
Best Contemporary Album
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band by The Beatles (performer) and George Martin (producer)
1967 Best Contemporary (R&R) Solo Vocal Performance - Male or Female
"Eleanor Rigby" by Paul McCartney (performed by The Beatles)
Best Contemporary (R&R) Group Performance - Vocal or Instrumental
"Monday, Monday" by The Mamas & the Papas
Best Contemporary (R&R) Recording
"Winchester Cathedral" by The New Vaudeville Band
1966 Best Contemporary (R&R) Vocal Performance – Female
"I Know a Place" by Petula Clark
Best Contemporary (R&R) Vocal Performance – Male
"King of the Road" by Roger Miller
Best Contemporary (R&R) Performance – Group (Vocal or Instrumental)
"Flowers on the Wall" by The Statler Brothers
Best Contemporary (Rock and Roll) Single
"King of the Road" by Roger Miller

After 1968, the contemporary/rock and roll categories and the pop vocal categories merged into the Best Contemporary/Pop Vocal Performance categories. The fact that in 1968, the three winners in the Male, Female and Group categories of the Best Contemporary Performance were identical to the winners of the Best Vocal Performance categories (Bobbie Gentry, Glen Campbell and The Fifth Dimension), had shown that the distinction between the two category groups was difficult to recognise.

The Best Contemporary Single category returned in 1970 and 1971, when it was renamed Best Contemporary Song.

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