Grammy Award for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance

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Grammy Award for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance
Awarded for quality female vocal performances in the rock music genre
Country United States
Presented by National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences
First awarded 1980
Last awarded 2004
Official website

The Grammy Award for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance was an award presented at the Grammy Awards, a ceremony that was established in 1958 and originally called the Gramophone Awards,[1] to female recording artists for works (songs or albums) containing quality vocal performances 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]

Originally called the Grammy Award for Best Rock Vocal Performance, Female, the award was first presented to Donna Summer in 1980. Beginning with the 1995 ceremony, the name of the award was changed to Best Female Rock Vocal Performance. However, in 1988, 1992, 1994, and since 2005, this category was combined with the Grammy Award for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance and presented in a genderless category known as Best Rock Vocal Performance, Solo. The solo category was later renamed to Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance beginning in 2005. This fusion has been criticized, especially when females are not nominated under the solo category.[3] The Academy has cited a lack of eligible recordings in the female rock category as the reason for the mergers.[4] While the award has not been presented since the category merge in 2005, an official confirmation of its retirement has not been announced.

Pat Benatar, Sheryl Crow, and Tina Turner hold the record for the most wins in this category, with four wins each. Melissa Etheridge and Alanis Morissette have been presented the award two times each. Crow's song "There Goes the Neighborhood" was nominated twice; one version from the album The Globe Sessions was nominated in 1999 (but lost to Morissette's song "Uninvited"), and a live version from the album Sheryl Crow and Friends: Live from Central Park was nominated and won in 2001. Since its inception, American artists have been presented with the award more than any other nationality, though it has been presented to vocalists from Canada three times. Stevie Nicks holds the record for the most nominations without a win, with five.


A woman holding onto a microphone and wearing leather a necklace, a sparkly red-colored top, and leather pants.
Four-time award winner Tina Turner
Four-time award winner Pat Benatar
A woman with curly red hair wearing a sparkling jacket and holding three gold trophies.
1990 award winner, Bonnie Raitt
Black and white image of a woman with her eyes closed and mouth open, holding a microphone.
1991 award winner, Alannah Myles
A woman in a black vest and jeans holding a microphone on a stage.
Four-time award winner Sheryl Crow
A woman wearing a green shirt, black belt and a dark gray skirt, standing behind a microphone on a stage.
1998 award winner, Fiona Apple
A woman with dark hair wearing a white T-shirt with "PETA" and other text written across the front.
Pink, the most recent award recipient (2004)
Year[I] Performing artist Work Nominees Ref.
1980 Summer, DonnaDonna Summer "Hot Stuff" [5]
1981 Benatar, PatPat Benatar Crimes of Passion [5]
1982 Benatar, PatPat Benatar "Fire and Ice" [6]
1983 Benatar, PatPat Benatar "Shadows of the Night" [7]
1984 Benatar, PatPat Benatar "Love Is a Battlefield" [5]
1985 Turner, TinaTina Turner "Better Be Good to Me" [8]
1986 Turner, TinaTina Turner "One of the Living" [9]
1987 Turner, TinaTina Turner "Back Where You Started" [5]
1988[II] N/A N/A N/A [4]
1989 Turner, TinaTina Turner Tina Live in Europe [5]
1990 Raitt, BonnieBonnie Raitt Nick of Time [10]
1991 Myles, AlannahAlannah Myles "Black Velvet" [5]
1992[II] N/A N/A N/A [11]
1993 Etheridge, MelissaMelissa Etheridge "Ain't It Heavy" [12]
1994[II] N/A N/A N/A [13]
1995 Etheridge, MelissaMelissa Etheridge "Come to My Window" [5]
1996 Morissette, AlanisAlanis Morissette "You Oughta Know" [14]
1997 Crow, SherylSheryl Crow "If It Makes You Happy" [15]
1998 Apple, FionaFiona Apple "Criminal" [16]
1999 Morissette, AlanisAlanis Morissette "Uninvited" [17]
2000 Crow, SherylSheryl Crow "Sweet Child o' Mine" [18]
2001 Crow, SherylSheryl Crow "There Goes the Neighborhood" [19]
2002 Williams, LucindaLucinda Williams "Get Right With God" [20]
2003 Crow, SherylSheryl Crow "Steve McQueen" [21]
2004 Pink "Trouble" [22]

^[I] Each year is linked to the article about the Grammy Awards held that year.
^[II] Award was combined with the Best Male Rock Vocal Performance category and presented in a genderless category known as Best Rock Vocal Performance, Solo.

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  2. ^ "Overview". National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Retrieved April 24, 2010. 
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  7. ^ "Toto Tops Grammy Nominees". Pittsburgh Press (E. W. Scripps Company). January 12, 1983. Retrieved June 4, 2010. 
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  10. ^ "Here's list of nominees from all 77 categories". Deseret News (Salt Lake City, Utah: Deseret News Publishing Company). January 12, 1990. Retrieved June 4, 2010. 
  11. ^ "Nominees announced for Grammy awards". TimesDaily (Tennessee Valley Printing). January 8, 1992. Retrieved April 26, 2010. 
  12. ^ "Grammy nominations". The Baltimore Sun (Baltimore, Maryland: Tribune Company). February 21, 1993. p. 1. Retrieved September 4, 2014. 
  13. ^ Campbell, Mary (January 7, 1994). "Sting, Joel top Grammy nominations". Star-News (The New York Times Company). Retrieved April 26, 2010. 
  14. ^ "List of Grammy nominees". CNN. January 4, 1996. Retrieved June 4, 2010. 
  15. ^ Campbell, Mary (January 8, 1997). "Babyface is up for 12 Grammy awards". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (Journal Communications). Retrieved June 4, 2010. 
  16. ^ Campbell, Mary (January 7, 1998). "Grammys' dual Dylans". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (Journal Communications). Retrieved June 4, 2010. 
  17. ^ "1999 Grammy Nominations". Reading Eagle (Reading Eagle Company). January 6, 1999. Retrieved June 4, 2010. 
  18. ^ "42nd Annual Grammy Awards nominations". CNN. January 4, 2000. Retrieved June 4, 2010. 
  19. ^ "Recording Academy Announces Grammy Nominations". CNN. January 3, 2001. Retrieved June 5, 2010. 
  20. ^ "Complete List Of Grammy Nominees". CBS News. January 4, 2002. Retrieved June 4, 2010. 
  21. ^ Goldstein, Ben (January 15, 2003). "Grammy Nominees Announced". Blender. Alpha Media Group. Retrieved June 4, 2010. [dead link]
  22. ^ "They're All Contenders". The New York Times (The New York Times Company). December 5, 2003. Retrieved June 4, 2010. 

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