List of awards and nominations received by AC/DC

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AC/DC awards and nominations

Former vocalist Bon Scott (centre) pictured with guitarist Angus Young (left) and bassist Cliff Williams (back), performing at the Ulster Hall in August 1979
Awards and nominations
Award Wins Nominations
American Music Awards
0 1
APRA Awards
6 8
ARIA Music Awards
4 6
Grammy Awards
1 7
MTV Video Music Awards
0 1
Rock on Request Awards
1 1
Totals
Awards won 12
Nominations 24

AC/DC are an Australian hard rock band formed in Sydney, Australia in 1973 by brothers Angus and Malcolm Young. Although the band are considered pioneers of heavy metal,[1][2] its members have always classified their music as "rock 'n' roll".[3] AC/DC underwent several line-up changes before releasing their first album, High Voltage, in 1975. Membership remained stable until bassist Cliff Williams replaced Mark Evans in 1977. In 1979, the band recorded their highly successful album Highway to Hell. Lead singer and co-songwriter Bon Scott died on 19 February 1980, after a night of heavy alcohol consumption. The group briefly considered disbanding, but soon ex-Geordie singer Brian Johnson was selected as Scott's replacement. Later that year, the band released their best-selling album, Back in Black. The band's next album, For Those About to Rock We Salute You, was also highly successful and was their first album to reach number one in the United States. AC/DC declined in popularity soon after the departure of drummer Phil Rudd in 1983. Poor record sales continued until the release of The Razors Edge in 1990. Phil Rudd returned in 1994 and contributed to the band's 1995 album Ballbreaker. Stiff Upper Lip was released in 2000 and was well received by critics. The band's new album Black Ice was announced in June 2008 and was released on October 20, 2008. The album's first single, "Rock 'N Roll Train", earned AC/DC a Grammy nomination for Best Rock Group or Duo with Vocals. Another Black Ice track, "War Machine," gained AC/DC their first Grammy Award win, for Best Hard Rock Performance.

From 1982 to 1991, AC/DC have received several nominations from awards ceremonies for their music. The American Music Awards nominated the band for Favorite Pop/Rock Band/Duo/Group. The group received several nominations from the Grammy Awards, including Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance for "Blow Up Your Video" in 1989, and Best Hard Rock Performance for three songs in different years: "The Razors Edge" in 1991, "Moneytalks" in 1992, and "Highway To Hell" in 1994. The band also received the nomination for Best Heavy Metal/Hard Rock Video for "Thunderstruck" in 1991 from the MTV Video Music Awards.

In 2009 AC/DC received four nominations for their 2008 album Black Ice in the ARIA Music Awards which included Best Rock Album, Highest Selling Album, Best Group and Best Album. They won the awards for Best Rock Album and Highest Selling Album. Overall, AC/DC have received thirteen nominations and have won three awards.[4]

American Music Awards[edit]

The American Music Awards is an annual awards ceremony created by Dick Clark in 1973. AC/DC have received one nomination.[4][5]

Year Recipient Award Result
1982 AC/DC Favorite Pop/Rock Band/Duo/Group Nominated

APRA Awards[edit]

The APRA Awards are awarded annually to Australasian artists by the Australasian Performing Right Association.[6]

Year Recipient Award Result
1995 "Big Gun" – Angus Young, Malcolm Young[7] Most Played Australian Work Overseas Won
2001 "It's a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock 'n' Roll)" – Bon Scott, Angus Young, Malcolm Young[8] Ten Best Australian Songs Ninth
2006 "Highway to Hell" – Bon Scott, Angus Young, Malcolm Young[9] Most Played Australian Work Overseas Nominated
2007 "Highway to Hell" – Bon Scott, Angus Young, Malcolm Young[10] Most Played Australian Work Overseas Nominated
2009 "Highway to Hell" – Bon Scott, Angus Young, Malcolm Young[11] Most Played Australian Work Overseas Won
2010 "Rock 'n' Roll Train" – Angus Young, Malcolm Young[12] Most Played Australian Work Overseas Won
Angus Young, Malcolm Young[12] Songwriters of the Year Won
2011 "Highway to Hell" – Bon Scott, Angus Young, Malcolm Young[13] Most Played Australian Work Overseas Won

ARIA Music Awards[edit]

The ARIA Music Awards are awarded annually to Australian artists by the Australian Recording Industry Association. They were inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1988 alongside their producers Vanda & Young. AC/DC have won three awards from five nominations.[14][15]

Year Recipient Award Result
1988 AC/DC ARIA Hall of Fame Inducted
2009 Black Ice Album of the Year Nominated
2009 AC/DC Best Group Nominated
2009 Black Ice Best Rock Album Won
2009 Black Ice Highest Selling Album Won
2011 Live At River Plate Best Music DVD Won

Grammy Awards[edit]

The Grammy Awards are awarded annually by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States. AC/DC have won one award from seven nominations.[4][16][17][18][19][20]

Year Recipient Award Result
1989 Blow Up Your Video Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance Nominated
1991 The Razors Edge Best Hard Rock Performance Nominated
1992 "Moneytalks" Best Hard Rock Performance Nominated
1994 "Highway to Hell" Best Hard Rock Performance Nominated
2009 "Rock N Roll Train" Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals Nominated
2010 "War Machine" Best Hard Rock Performance Won
Black Ice Best Rock Album Nominated

MTV Video Music Awards[edit]

The MTV Video Music Awards is an annual awards ceremony established in 1984 by MTV. AC/DC have received one nomination.[4][21]

Year Recipient Award Result
1991 "Thunderstruck" Best Heavy Metal/Hard Rock Video Nominated

Rock on Request Awards[edit]

The Rock on Request Awards are hosted annually by the music webzine Rock on Request. AC/DC have received one award.[22]

Year Recipient Award Result
2008 AC/DC Best Reunion Won

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Dale Hoiberg, ed. (2007-09-24). "heavy metal". Encyclopædia Britannica Ultimate Reference Suite (2008 ed.). ISBN 1-59339-292-3. 
  3. ^ Engleheart, Murray (1997-11-18). AC/DC - Bonfire. 
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  6. ^ "APRA Music Awards 2009". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). Retrieved 28 April 2010. 
  7. ^ "1995 Winners". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). Retrieved 12 May 2010. 
  8. ^ "The final list: APRA's Ten best Australian Songs". Australasian Performing Rights Association (APRA). 28 May 2001. Retrieved 12 May 2010. [dead link]
  9. ^ "Nominations - 2006". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). Retrieved 12 May 2010. 
  10. ^ "Most Performed Australian Work Overseas nominations - 2007". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). Retrieved 12 May 2010. 
  11. ^ "2009 Winners - APRA Music Awards". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). Retrieved 23 April 2010. 
  12. ^ a b "2010 Winners - APRA Music Awards". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). Retrieved 24 June 2010. 
  13. ^ "2011 Winners". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) | Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society (AMCOS). Archived from the original on 19 December 2011. Retrieved 30 January 2012. 
  14. ^ "Winners by Award: Hall of Fame". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 28 April 2010. 
  15. ^ "ARIA Awards 2009 Winners". Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Retrieved 27 November 2009. 
  16. ^ "31st Grammy Awards - 1989". Rock on the Net. Retrieved 2008-10-07. 
  17. ^ "33rd Grammy Awards - 1991". Rock on the Net. Retrieved 2008-10-07. 
  18. ^ "34th Grammy Awards - 1992". Rock on the Net. Retrieved 2008-10-07. 
  19. ^ "36th Grammy Awards - 1994". Rock on the Net. Retrieved 2008-10-07. 
  20. ^ "51st Grammy Awards - 2009". Grammy.com. Retrieved 2008-12-04. 
  21. ^ "1991 MTV Video Music Awards". Rock on the Net. Retrieved 2008-10-07. 
  22. ^ "2008 Top In Rock Awards". Rock on Request. Retrieved 2010-08-31. 

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