Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance

The Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance is an award presented at the Grammy Awards, a ceremony that was established in 1958 and originally called the Gramophone Awards.[1] According to the 54th Grammy Awards description guide it is designed for solo, duo/groups or collaborative (vocal or instrumental) rock recordings and is limited to singles or tracks only.[2]

Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance
Awarded forquality vocal or instrumental rock recordings
CountryUnited States
Presented byNational Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences
Currently held byGary Clark Jr — "This Land" (2020)

This award combines the previous categories for Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance, Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal and Best Rock Instrumental Performance. The restructuring of these categories was a result of the Recording Academy's wish to decrease the list of categories and awards and to eliminate the distinctions between solo and duo/groups performances. The Academy argued that any distinction between these performances is difficult to make, as "four-fifths of rock acts are groups, and even solo rock acts tend to be backed by a band".[3]

The award goes to the artist. The producer, engineer and songwriter can apply for a Winners Certificate[4].

From 2014, this category has also included hard rock performances that were previously screened in the Best Hard Rock Performance and Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance categories, which are now defunct.


Dave Grohl and the Foo Fighters were the inaugural winners of the award
David Bowie was posthumously honoured in 2017
Leonard Cohen posthumously won in 2018
Year Performing artist Work Nominees Ref.
2012 Foo Fighters "Walk" [5]
2013 The Black Keys "Lonely Boy" [6]
2014 Imagine Dragons "Radioactive" [7]
2015 Jack White "Lazaretto"
2016 Alabama Shakes "Don't Wanna Fight" [9]
2017 David Bowie "Blackstar"
2018 Leonard Cohen "You Want It Darker" [11]
2019 Chris Cornell "When Bad Does Good" [12]
2020 Gary Clark Jr. "This Land"

Artists with multiple nominationsEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Grammy Awards at a Glance". Los Angeles Times. Tribune Company. Retrieved April 24, 2010.
  2. ^ "Category Mapper". National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Archived from the original on June 4, 2012. Retrieved November 25, 2011.
  3. ^ Grammy Awards restructuring
  4. ^ Grammy Blue Book
  5. ^ "2011 – 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards Nominees And Winners: Rock Field". The Recording Academy. November 30, 2011.
  6. ^ "Grammys 2013: Complete list of nominees and winners". Los Angeles Times. February 10, 2013. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved April 6, 2017.
  7. ^ 2014 Nominees
  8. ^ Grebey, James (December 5, 2014). "Grammys 2015 Nominees: Sam Smith, HAIM, Iggy Azalea, and More". Spin. Retrieved December 5, 2014.
  9. ^ [1]
  10. ^ "59th Annual GRAMMY Awards Winners & Nominees". Retrieved April 6, 2017.
  11. ^ "60th Grammy Nominees". Retrieved November 28, 2017.
  12. ^, 7 December 2018

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