Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance

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Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance
Awarded for quality vocal or instrumental rock recordings
Country United States
Presented by National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences
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The Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance is an award presented at the Grammy Awards, a ceremony that was established in 1958 and originally called the Gramophone Awards.[1] According to the 54th Grammy Awards description guide it is designed for solo, duo/groups or collaborative (vocal or instrumental) rock recordings and is limited to singles or tracks only.[2]

This award combines the previous categories for Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance, Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal and Best Rock Instrumental Performance. The restructuring of these categories was a result of the Recording Academy's wish to decrease the list of categories and awards and to eliminate the distinctions between solo and duo/groups performances. The Academy argued that any distinction between these performances is difficult to make, as "four-fifths of rock acts are groups, and even solo rock acts tend to be backed by a band".[3]

From 2014, this category has also included hard rock performances which were previously screened in the Best Hard Rock Performance and Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance categories. These categories are now defunct.


Year Performing artist Work Nominees Ref.
2015 Jack White "Lazaretto" [4]
2014 Imagine Dragons "Radioactive" [5]
2013 The Black Keys "Lonely Boy"
2012 Foo Fighters "Walk" [6]

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