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The Grammy Award
Grammy Award
for Best Hard Rock Performance was an award presented to recording artists at the Grammy Awards until 2011. The Academy recognized hard rock music artists for the first time at the 31st Grammy Awards (1989). The category was originally presented as Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance Vocal or Instrumental, combining two of the most popular music genres of the 1980s.[1] Jethro Tull won that award for the album Crest of a Knave, beating Metallica, who were expected to win with the album ...And Justice for All. This choice led to widespread criticism of the Academy, as journalists suggested that the music of Jethro Tull did not belong in the hard rock or heavy metal genres.[2][3] In response, the Academy created the categories Best Hard Rock Performance and Best Metal Performance, separating the genres. The band Living Colour
Living Colour
was presented the first award for Best Hard Rock Performance in 1990. From 1992 to 1994 the award was presented as the Grammy Award
Grammy Award
for Best Hard Rock Performance with Vocal. As of 2011, the bands Foo Fighters, Living Colour, and The Smashing Pumpkins share the record for the most wins, with two each. American artists have been presented with the award more than any other nationality, though it has been presented to musicians or groups originating from Australia twice and from the United Kingdom once. Alice in Chains holds the record for the most nominations without a win, with eight. The award was discontinued in 2012 due to a major overhaul of Grammy categories. After 2012, quality hard rock performances were shifted to the Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance category. However, in 2014, the Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance category was split, returning the stand-alone Best Metal Performance category and recognizing quality hard rock performances in the Best Rock Performance
Best Rock Performance
category.[4] According to the Recording Academy, "It was determined that metal has a very distinctive sound, and hard rock more closely aligns with rock and can exist comfortably as one end of the rock spectrum."[4]

Contents

1 Recipients 2 See also 3 References 4 External links

Recipients[edit]

Chris Cornell, lead singer of the 1995 award-winning band Soundgarden, performing in 2005

Billy Corgan
Billy Corgan
of the two-time award-winning band, The Smashing Pumpkins

1999 award winner, Robert Plant, performing in 2007

Metallica, the 2000 award-winning band, performing in 2008

Linkin Park, the 2002 award-winning band

The two-time award-winning band, Foo Fighters

Wolfmother, the 2007 award-winning band, performing at the Beale Street Music Festival

The 2009 award-winning band, The Mars Volta

Year[I] Performing artist(s) Work Nominees Ref.

1990 Living Colour Cult of Personality !"Cult of Personality"

Aerosmith
Aerosmith
– "Love in an Elevator" Great White
Great White
– "Once Bitten, Twice Shy" Guns N' Roses
Guns N' Roses
– G N' R Lies Mötley Crüe
Mötley Crüe
– "Dr. Feelgood"

[5]

1991 Living Colour Time's Up !Time's Up

AC/DC
AC/DC
– The Razors Edge Faith No More
Faith No More
– "Epic" Jane's Addiction
Jane's Addiction
– Ritual de lo Habitual Mötley Crüe
Mötley Crüe
– "Kickstart My Heart"

[6]

1992 Van Halen For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge
For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge
!For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge

AC/DC
AC/DC
– "Moneytalks" Alice in Chains
Alice in Chains
– "Man in the Box" Guns N' Roses
Guns N' Roses
– Use Your Illusion I

[7]

1993 Red Hot Chili Peppers Give It Away !"Give It Away"

Alice in Chains
Alice in Chains
– Dirt Faith No More
Faith No More
– Angel Dust Guns N' Roses
Guns N' Roses
– "Live and Let Die" Nirvana – "Smells Like Teen Spirit" Pearl Jam
Pearl Jam
– "Jeremy"

[8]

1994 Stone Temple Pilots Plush !"Plush"

AC/DC
AC/DC
– "Highway to Hell" (live) Living Colour
Living Colour
– "Leave It Alone" Robert Plant
Robert Plant
– "Calling to You" The Smashing Pumpkins
The Smashing Pumpkins
– "Cherub Rock"

[9]

1995 Soundgarden Black Hole Sun
Black Hole Sun
!"Black Hole Sun"

Alice in Chains
Alice in Chains
– "I Stay Away" Beastie Boys
Beastie Boys
– "Sabotage" Green Day
Green Day
– "Longview" Pearl Jam
Pearl Jam
– "Go"

[10]

1996 Pearl Jam Spin the Black Circle !"Spin the Black Circle"

Alice in Chains
Alice in Chains
– "Grind" Primus – "Wynona's Big Brown Beaver" Red Hot Chili Peppers
Red Hot Chili Peppers
– "Blood Sugar Sex Magik" (live) Van Halen
Van Halen
– "The Seventh Seal"

[11]

1997 The Smashing Pumpkins Bullet with Butterfly Wings
Bullet with Butterfly Wings
!"Bullet with Butterfly Wings"

Alice in Chains
Alice in Chains
– "Again" Rage Against the Machine
Rage Against the Machine
– "Bulls on Parade" Soundgarden
Soundgarden
– "Pretty Noose" Stone Temple Pilots
Stone Temple Pilots
– "Trippin' on a Hole in a Paper Heart"

[12]

1998 The Smashing Pumpkins The End Is the Beginning Is the End
The End Is the Beginning Is the End
!"The End Is the Beginning Is the End"

Bush – "Swallowed" Foo Fighters
Foo Fighters
– "Monkey Wrench" Nine Inch Nails
Nine Inch Nails
– "The Perfect Drug" Rage Against the Machine
Rage Against the Machine
– "People of the Sun"

[13]

1999 Page and Plant Most High !"Most High"

Kiss – "Psycho Circus" Marilyn Manson – "The Dope Show" Metallica
Metallica
– "Fuel" Pearl Jam
Pearl Jam
– "Do the Evolution"

[14]

2000 Metallica Whiskey in the Jar
Whiskey in the Jar
!"Whiskey in the Jar"

Alice in Chains
Alice in Chains
– "Get Born Again" Buckcherry
Buckcherry
– "Lit Up" Kid Rock
Kid Rock
– "Bawitdaba" Korn
Korn
– "Freak on a Leash" Limp Bizkit
Limp Bizkit
– "Nookie"

[15]

2001 Rage Against the Machine Guerrilla Radio
Guerrilla Radio
!"Guerrilla Radio"

Kid Rock
Kid Rock
– "American Bad Ass" Limp Bizkit
Limp Bizkit
– "Take a Look Around" Pearl Jam
Pearl Jam
– "Grievance" Stone Temple Pilots
Stone Temple Pilots
– "Down"

[16]

2002 Linkin Park Crawling !"Crawling"

Alien Ant Farm
Alien Ant Farm
– "Smooth Criminal" P.O.D.
P.O.D.
– "Alive" Rage Against the Machine
Rage Against the Machine
– "Renegades of Funk" Saliva – "Your Disease"

[17]

2003 Foo Fighters All My Life !"All My Life"

Godsmack
Godsmack
– "I Stand Alone" P.O.D.
P.O.D.
– "Youth of the Nation" Queens of the Stone Age
Queens of the Stone Age
– "No One Knows" System of a Down
System of a Down
– "Aerials"

[18]

2004 Evanescence
Evanescence
& Paul McCoy "Bring Me to Life"

Audioslave
Audioslave
– "Like a Stone" Godsmack
Godsmack
– "Straight Out of Line" Jane's Addiction
Jane's Addiction
– " Just Because" Queens of the Stone Age
Queens of the Stone Age
– "Go with the Flow"

[19]

2005 Velvet Revolver Slither !"Slither"

Incubus – "Megalomaniac" Metallica
Metallica
– "Some Kind of Monster" Nickelback
Nickelback
– "Feelin' Way Too Damn Good" Slipknot – "Duality"

[20]

2006 System of a Down B.Y.O.B. !"B.Y.O.B."

Audioslave
Audioslave
– "Doesn't Remind Me" Nine Inch Nails
Nine Inch Nails
– "The Hand That Feeds" Robert Plant
Robert Plant
– "Tin Pan Valley" Queens of the Stone Age
Queens of the Stone Age
– "Little Sister"

[21]

2007 Wolfmother Woman !"Woman"

Buckcherry
Buckcherry
– "Crazy Bitch" Nine Inch Nails
Nine Inch Nails
– "Every Day Is Exactly the Same" System of a Down
System of a Down
– "Lonely Day" Tool – "Vicarious"

[22]

2008 Foo Fighters The Pretender !"The Pretender"

Evanescence
Evanescence
– "Sweet Sacrifice" Ozzy Osbourne
Ozzy Osbourne
– "I Don't Wanna Stop" Queens of the Stone Age
Queens of the Stone Age
– "Sick, Sick, Sick" Tool – "The Pot"

[23]

2009 The Mars Volta Wax Simulacra
Wax Simulacra
!"Wax Simulacra"

Disturbed – "Inside the Fire" Judas Priest
Judas Priest
– "Visions" Mötley Crüe
Mötley Crüe
– "Saints of Los Angeles" Rob Zombie
Rob Zombie
– "The Lords of Salem"

[24]

2010 AC/DC War Machine !"War Machine"

Alice in Chains
Alice in Chains
– "Check My Brain" Linkin Park
Linkin Park
– "What I've Done" (live) Metallica
Metallica
– "The Unforgiven III" Nickelback
Nickelback
– "Burn It to the Ground"

[25]

2011 Them Crooked Vultures New Fang
New Fang
!"New Fang"

Alice in Chains
Alice in Chains
– "A Looking in View" Ozzy Osbourne
Ozzy Osbourne
– "Let Me Hear You Scream" Soundgarden
Soundgarden
– "Black Rain" Stone Temple Pilots
Stone Temple Pilots
– "Between the Lines"

[26]

^[I] Each year is linked to the article about the Grammy Awards held that year. See also[edit]

Rock music portal

Timeline of heavy metal music

References[edit]

General

"Past Winners Search". National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Retrieved March 4, 2011.  Note: User must select the "Rock" category as the genre under the search feature.

Specific

^ Pareles, Jon (February 23, 1989). "Grammys to McFerrin and Chapman". The New York Times. The New York Times
The New York Times
Company. Retrieved August 22, 2010.  ^ Hoffmann, Frank, ed. (2005). Encyclopedia of Recorded Sound. 1 (2 ed.). CRC Press. p. 542. ISBN 978-0-415-93835-8. Retrieved August 22, 2010.  ^ Holden, Stephen (February 14, 1990). "The Pop Life". The New York Times. The New York Times
The New York Times
Company. Retrieved August 22, 2010.  ^ a b " The Recording Academy
The Recording Academy
Elects New National Officer and Approves Continuing Evolution of Grammy Awards Categories at Spring Trustees Meeting". Recording Academy. June 4, 2013. Retrieved June 4, 2013.  ^ "Here's list of nominees from all 77 categories". Deseret News. Salt Lake City, Utah: Deseret News
Deseret News
Publishing Company. January 12, 1990. Retrieved July 8, 2010.  ^ "List of Grammy nominations". Times-News. Hendersonville, North Carolina: The New York Times
The New York Times
Company. January 11, 1991. Retrieved July 8, 2010.  ^ "Grammy nominations span Streisand, Seal, Seattle Symphony". The Seattle Times. The Seattle Times
The Seattle Times
Company. January 8, 1992. Retrieved July 8, 2010.  ^ "Grammy nominees". The Baltimore Sun. Tribune Company. January 8, 1993. Retrieved July 8, 2010.  ^ Campbell, Mary (January 7, 1994). "Sting, Joel top Grammy nominations". Star-News. Wilmington, North Carolina: The New York Times Company. Retrieved July 8, 2010.  ^ "The 37th Grammy Nominations". Los Angeles Times. Tribune Company. January 6, 1995. p. 2. Retrieved July 8, 2010.  ^ "List of Grammy nominees". CNN. January 4, 1996. Retrieved July 8, 2010.  ^ Campbell, Mary (January 8, 1997). "Babyface is up for 12 Grammy awards". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Journal Communications. p. 8B. Retrieved July 8, 2010.  ^ Campbell, Mary (January 7, 1998). "Grammys' dual Dylans". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Journal Communications. p. 8B. Retrieved July 8, 2010.  ^ "1999 Grammy Nominees". NME. IPC Media. November 27, 1998. Archived from the original on October 11, 2012. Retrieved July 8, 2010.  ^ "4 2nd Annual Grammy Awards nominations". CNN. January 4, 2000. Archived from the original on July 22, 2012. Retrieved July 8, 2010.  ^ "43rd Grammy Awards". CNN. February 21, 2001. Archived from the original on November 6, 2008. Retrieved July 8, 2010.  ^ "Complete List Of Grammy Nominees". CBS News. January 4, 2002. Retrieved July 8, 2010.  ^ Goldstein, Ben (January 15, 2003). " Grammy Nominees Announced". Blender. Alpha Media Group. Retrieved July 8, 2010. [dead link] ^ "They're All Contenders". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. December 5, 2003. Retrieved July 8, 2010.  ^ " Grammy Award
Grammy Award
nominees in top categories". USA Today. Gannett Company. February 7, 2005. Retrieved July 8, 2010.  ^ "The Complete List of Grammy Nominations". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. December 8, 2005. p. 1. Retrieved July 8, 2010.  ^ "4 9th Annual Grammy Awards Winners List". National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Archived from the original on December 20, 2006. Retrieved July 8, 2010.  ^ "Grammy 2008 Winners List". MTV. February 10, 2008. Retrieved July 8, 2010.  ^ "Grammy 2009 Winners List". MTV. February 8, 2009. Retrieved July 8, 2010.  ^ "The 5 2nd Annual Grammy Awards Nominees List". National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Archived from the original on June 18, 2010. Retrieved July 8, 2010.  ^ "5 3rd Annual Grammy Awards nominees list". Los Angeles Times. Tribune Company. Retrieved December 2, 2010. 

External links[edit]

Official site of the Grammy Awards Rock on the Net – Grammy Awards: Best Hard Rock Performance

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Pop

Best Pop Solo Performance Best Pop Duo/Group Performance Best Pop Vocal Album Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album

Dance/Electronic

Best Dance Recording Best Dance/Electronic Album

Rock

Best Rock Performance Best Metal Performance Best Rock Song Best Rock Album

Alternative

Best Alternative Music Album

R&B

Best R&B Performance Best Traditional R&B Performance Best R&B Song Best R&B Album Best Urban Contemporary Album

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Best Rap Performance Best Rap/Sung Performance Best Rap Song Best Rap Album

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Best Country Solo Performance Best Country Duo/Group Performance Best Country Song Best Country Album

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Best Improvised Jazz Solo Best Jazz Vocal Album Best Jazz Instrumental Album Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album Best Latin Jazz Album

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Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical Best Engineered Album, Classical Best Remixed Recording Best Surround Sound Album Producer of the Year, Non-Classical Producer of the Year, Classical

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Best Orchestral Performance Best Opera Recording Best Choral Performance Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance Best Classical Instrumental Solo Best Classical Vocal Solo Best Classical Compendium Best Classical Contemporary Composition

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Best Music Video Best Music Film

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