Grammy Award for Best Rock Song

Grammy Award for Best Rock Song
Awarded for quality rock music songs
Country United States
Presented by National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences
First awarded 1992
Last awarded 2016
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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]

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.


A man in a white shirt standing behind a microphone stand and holding a guitar
Sting became the first award recipient in 1992 for the song "The Soul Cages".
A man on a stage wearing blue jeans, a black shirt and eyeglasses. He is holding a black guitar, and part of a drum set and other audio and stage equipment can be seen in the background.
Eric Clapton, 1993 award recipient for the song "Layla", performing in 2008
Five men on a stage; three in the forefront are holding guitars, while two in the background are behind a drum set and other equipment. Speakers, microphone stands and other equipment are also visible.
Members of the 1994 award-winning band Soul Asylum in 2010
Black and white image of a man holding a guitar, wearing a dark vest and a cross hanging from a necklace
Four-time award winner Bruce Springsteen, performing in 1988
A woman in jeans and a black vest, holding a transparent guitar and standing behind a microphone stand. In the background is a drum set.
Two-time award recipient Alanis Morissette, performing in Barcelona in 2008
A woman with dreadlocks standing behind a microphone stand. She is wearing a leather jacket and playing a guitar.
1997 award recipient Tracy Chapman at the 2009 Cactus Festival in Bruges, Belgium
A man wearing a red and black-striped shirt, a black jacket, dark jeans and a hat; he is standing behind a microphone stand on a stage and playing a guitar
Jakob Dylan, 1998 award winner for the song "One Headlight" and member of The Wallflowers, performing in 2007
On the left, a man in red pants and a black T-shirt with black hair down to his chin holding a red guitar. On the right, a woman wearing a white shirt with black polka dots standing behind a red microphone stand.
Jack White and Meg White of the 2004 award-winning band The White Stripes
Four men on a stage, all wearing black clothing. Two are playing guitars, one is sitting behind a drum set, and one is holding a microphone up to his mouth. In the background is a crowd of people.
Members of the two-time award-winning band U2, performing at Madison Square Garden in 2005 as part of the Vertigo Tour. From left to right: The Edge, Larry Mullen, Jr. (drumming), Bono, and Adam Clayton
Three men on a stage, two in the forefront standing behind microphone stands and playing guitars and the third in the background sitting behind a drum set.
From left to right, Matthew, Caleb, and Nathan Followill of the 2010 award-winning band Kings of Leon, performing in 2007
Year Songwriter(s) Work Performing artist(s)[I] Nominees[II] Ref.
1992 Sting "The Soul Cages" Sting [4]
1993 Clapton, EricEric Clapton
Jim Gordon
"Layla" (Unplugged version) Clapton, EricEric Clapton [5]
1994 Pirner, DaveDave Pirner "Runaway Train" Soul Asylum [6]
1995 Springsteen, BruceBruce Springsteen "Streets of Philadelphia" Springsteen, BruceBruce Springsteen [7]
1996 Morissette, AlanisAlanis Morissette
Glen Ballard
"You Oughta Know" Morissette, AlanisAlanis Morissette [8]
1997 Chapman, TracyTracy Chapman "Give Me One Reason" Chapman, TracyTracy Chapman [9]
1998 Dylan, JakobJakob Dylan "One Headlight" The Wallflowers [10]
1999 Morissette, AlanisAlanis Morissette "Uninvited" Morissette, AlanisAlanis Morissette [11]
2000 Red Hot Chili Peppers "Scar Tissue" Red Hot Chili Peppers [12]
2001 Stapp, ScottScott Stapp
Mark Tremonti
"With Arms Wide Open" Creed [13]
2002 Train "Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me)" Train [14]
2003 Springsteen, BruceBruce Springsteen "The Rising" Springsteen, BruceBruce Springsteen [15]
2004 White, JackJack 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 Springsteen, BruceBruce Springsteen "Radio Nowhere" Springsteen, BruceBruce Springsteen [20]
2009 Springsteen, BruceBruce Springsteen "Girls in Their Summer Clothes" Springsteen, BruceBruce Springsteen [21]
2010 Followill, CalebCaleb Followill
Jared Followill
Matthew Followill
Nathan Followill
"Use Somebody" Kings of Leon [22]
2011 Young, NeilNeil Young "Angry World" Neil Young [23]
2012 Foo Fighters "Walk" Foo Fighters
2013 Dan Auerbach, Brian Burton and Patrick Carney "Lonely Boy" The Black Keys
2014 Dave Grohl, Paul McCartney, Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear "Cut Me Some Slack" Paul McCartney, Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear
2015 Hayley Williams and Taylor York "Ain't It Fun" Paramore [24]
2016 Alabama Shakes "Don't Wanna Fight" Alabama Shakes [24]

See also


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  2. "Overview". National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Retrieved November 11, 2010.
  3. "52nd OEP Category Description Guide" (PDF). National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. p. 2. Retrieved November 15, 2010.
  4. "Nominees announced for Grammy Awards". TimesDaily. 123. Florence, Alabama. January 8, 1992. p. 10B. Retrieved November 17, 2010.
  5. "The 35th Grammy Awards Nominations". Los Angeles Times. Tribune Company. January 8, 1993. p. 3. Retrieved December 12, 2010.
  6. "General Categories". Los Angeles Times. Tribune Company. January 7, 1994. p. 3. Retrieved December 12, 2010.
  7. "The 37th Grammy Nominations". Los Angeles Times. Tribune Company. January 6, 1995. p. 3. Retrieved December 12, 2010.
  8. "List of Grammy nominees". CNN. January 4, 1996. Retrieved November 11, 2010.
  9. "The Complete List of Nominees". Los Angeles Times. Tribune Company. January 8, 1997. p. 3. Retrieved December 12, 2010.
  10. "List of Grammy award nominations". CNN. January 6, 1998. Retrieved December 9, 2010.
  11. "1999 Grammy Nominees". NME. IPC Media. November 27, 1998. Retrieved November 11, 2010.
  12. "42nd Annual Grammy Awards nominations". CNN. January 4, 2000. Retrieved November 11, 2010.
  13. Boucher, Geoff (January 4, 2001). "Grammys Cast a Wider Net Than Usual". Los Angeles Times. Tribune Company. p. 5. Retrieved December 10, 2010.
  14. "Complete list of Grammy nominations". The Seattle Times. The Seattle Times Company. January 4, 2002. Retrieved December 10, 2010.
  15. "Grammy Nominees Announced". Blender. Alpha Media Group. January 15, 2003. Retrieved November 11, 2010.
  16. "Complete list of Grammy nominations". The Seattle Times. The Seattle Times Company. December 5, 2003. Retrieved December 10, 2010.
  17. "Grammy Award nominees in top categories". USA Today. Gannett Company. February 7, 2005. Retrieved November 11, 2010.
  18. "Complete list of Grammy Award nominations". USA Today. Gannett Company. December 8, 2006. Retrieved December 9, 2010.
  19. Kaufman, Gil (December 7, 2006). "Mary J. Blige, Chili Peppers Top Grammy Nominations List". MTV. Retrieved December 9, 2010.
  20. "2008 Grammy Award Winners and Nominees". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. February 9, 2008. Retrieved November 17, 2010.
  21. "Complete List of Nominees for the 51st Annual Grammy Awards". E! Online. December 3, 2008. Retrieved December 9, 2010.
  22. Partridge, Kenneth (December 2, 2009). "Nominees for 2010 Grammy Awards Announced -- Full List". Retrieved November 16, 2010.
  23. "Nominees And Winners –". National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Retrieved February 13, 2011.
  24. 1 2 "57th Grammy Nominees". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved December 5, 2014.

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