Rock Music Awards

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The Rock Music Awards was an alternative to the Grammy Awards and The American Music Awards designed specifically for Rock music.

The First Annual awards program was produced in 1975 in Los Angeles by Don Kirshner and featured Elton John and Diana Ross as hosts and presenters.[1]

The Second Annual awards show featured Beach Boy Brian Wilson as host and presenter.[2] The show did not provide a successful challenge to the Grammys or the AMAs and was ultimately discontinued after three years.

Winners of the 1975 awards included Elton John as 'Rock Personality of the Year' and The Who's Tommy as 'Rock Movie of the Year.' Other winners included The Eagles, Stevie Wonder and Bad Company.

Linda Ronstadt was awarded the 'Best Rock Female Vocalist' honor all three years.


  1. ^ "1975 - First Annual Rock Music Awards". Retrieved 23 December 2011. 
  2. ^ International who's who in popular music. Europa Publications. 1996. 

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