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The Grammy Award for Best Rock Song is an honor presented at the Grammy Awards, a ceremony that was established in 1958 and originally called the Gramophone Awards,[1] to recording artists for quality songs in the rock music genre. Honors in several categories are presented at the ceremony annually by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States to "honor artistic achievement, technical proficiency and overall excellence in the recording industry, without regard to album sales or chart position".[2]

Grammy Award for Best Rock Song
Awarded forHigh-quality rock music songs
CountryUnited States
Presented byNational Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences
First awarded1992
Currently held byJack Antonoff & Annie Clark, "Masseduction" (2019)

The award, reserved for songwriters, was first presented to English musician Sting in 1992. According to the category description guide for the 52nd Grammy Awards, the award honors new songs (containing both melody and lyrics) or songs "first achieving prominence" during the period of eligibility. Songs containing prominent samples or interpolations are not eligible.[3]

Bruce Springsteen holds the records for the most wins and nominations, having won four awards from nine nominations. Other winners of multiple awards include Alanis Morissette as well as the bands Red Hot Chili Peppers and U2, with two. Award-winning songs have been performed by American artists more than any other nationality, though they have also been performed by musicians or groups originating from Canada, Ireland, and the United Kingdom. There have been four instances in which one artist or group was nominated for two works in the same year: the group Aerosmith was nominated for both "Cryin'" and "Livin' on the Edge" in 1994, Melissa Etheridge received nominations for "Come to My Window" and "I'm the Only One" in 1995, Jakob Dylan of The Wallflowers won for "One Headlight" and was also nominated for "The Difference" in 1998, and U2 was nominated for the songs "Elevation" and "Walk On" in 2002. Coldplay holds the record for the most nominations without a win, with four.



Sting became the first award recipient in 1992 for the song "The Soul Cages".
Eric Clapton, 1993 award recipient for the song "Layla", performing in 2008
Members of the 1994 award-winning band Soul Asylum in 2010
Four-time award winner Bruce Springsteen, performing in 1988
Two-time award recipient Alanis Morissette, performing in Barcelona in 2008
1997 award recipient Tracy Chapman at the 2009 Cactus Festival in Bruges, Belgium
Jakob Dylan, 1998 award winner for the song "One Headlight" and member of The Wallflowers, performing in 2007
Jack White and Meg White of the 2004 award-winning band The White Stripes
Members of the two-time award-winning band U2, performing on the Joshua Tree Tour 2017. From left to right: Larry Mullen, Jr. (drumming), the Edge, Bono, and Adam Clayton
From left to right, Matthew, Caleb, and Nathan Followill of the 2010 award-winning band Kings of Leon, performing in 2007
St. Vincent performing with her Ernie Ball Music Man signature guitar (2018)
Year Songwriter(s) Title Artist(s)[I] Nominees
(Performer(s) in parenthesis)[II]
1992 Sting "The Soul Cages" Sting [4]
1993 Eric Clapton
Jim Gordon
"Layla" (Unplugged version) Eric Clapton [5]
1994 Dave Pirner "Runaway Train" Soul Asylum [6]
1995 Bruce Springsteen "Streets of Philadelphia" Bruce Springsteen [7]
1996 Alanis Morissette
Glen Ballard
"You Oughta Know" Alanis Morissette [8]
1997 Tracy Chapman "Give Me One Reason" Tracy Chapman [9]
1998 Jakob Dylan "One Headlight" The Wallflowers [10]
1999 Alanis Morissette "Uninvited" Alanis Morissette [11]
2000 Red Hot Chili Peppers "Scar Tissue" Red Hot Chili Peppers [12]
2001 Scott Stapp
Mark Tremonti
"With Arms Wide Open" Creed [13]
2002 Train "Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me)" Train [14]
2003 Bruce Springsteen "The Rising" Bruce Springsteen [15]
2004 Jack White "Seven Nation Army" The White Stripes [16]
2005 U2 "Vertigo" U2 [17]
2006 U2 "City of Blinding Lights" U2 [18]
2007 Red Hot Chili Peppers "Dani California" Red Hot Chili Peppers [19]
2008 Bruce Springsteen "Radio Nowhere" Bruce Springsteen [20]
2009 Bruce Springsteen "Girls in Their Summer Clothes" Bruce Springsteen [21]
2010 Kings of Leon "Use Somebody" Kings of Leon [22]
2011 Neil Young "Angry World" Neil Young [23]
2012 Foo Fighters "Walk" Foo Fighters [24]
2013 The Black Keys
Brian Burton
"Lonely Boy" The Black Keys
2014 Dave Grohl
Paul McCartney
Krist Novoselic
Pat Smear
"Cut Me Some Slack" Paul McCartney, Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic & Pat Smear
2015 Hayley Williams
Taylor York
"Ain't It Fun" Paramore [25]
2016 Alabama Shakes "Don't Wanna Fight" Alabama Shakes [23]
2017 David Bowie "Blackstar" David Bowie [23]
2018 Foo Fighters "Run" Foo Fighters [26]
2019 Jack Antonoff
Annie Clark
"Masseduction" St. Vincent [27]
  • ^[I] The performing artist is only listed but does not receive the award.
  • ^[II] Showing the name of the songwriter(s), the nominated song and in parentheses the performer's name(s).

See alsoEdit


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