Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance

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Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance
Awarded forQuality performances in the hard rock genre
CountryUnited States
Presented by National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences
First awarded1990
Last awarded2011
Website grammy.com

The Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance was an award presented to recording artists at the Grammy Awards until 2011.

Grammy Award accolade by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States

A Grammy Award, or Grammy, is an award presented by The Recording Academy to recognize achievements in the music industry. The annual presentation ceremony features performances by prominent artists, and the presentation of those awards that have a more popular interest. The Grammys are the second of the Big Three major music awards held annually.

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The Academy recognized hard rock music artists for the first time at the 31st Grammy Awards (1989). The category was originally presented as Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance Vocal or Instrumental, combining two of the most popular music genres of the 1980s. [1] Jethro Tull won that award for the album Crest of a Knave , beating Metallica, who were expected to win with the album ...And Justice for All . This choice led to widespread criticism of the Academy, as journalists suggested that the music of Jethro Tull did not belong in the hard rock or heavy metal genres. [2] [3] In response, the Academy created the categories Best Hard Rock Performance and Best Metal Performance, separating the genres.

The Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance Vocal or Instrumental was an award presented at the 31st Grammy Awards in 1989 to honor quality hard rock/metal works. The Grammy Awards, an annual ceremony that was established in 1958 and originally called the Gramophone Awards, are presented 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."

Popular music is music with wide appeal that is typically distributed to large audiences through the music industry. These forms and styles can be enjoyed and performed by people with little or no musical training. It stands in contrast to both art music and traditional or "folk" music. Art music was historically disseminated through the performances of written music, although since the beginning of the recording industry, it is also disseminated through recordings. Traditional music forms such as early blues songs or hymns were passed along orally, or to smaller, local audiences.

Jethro Tull (band) British rock band

Jethro Tull are a British rock band formed in Blackpool, Lancashire, in 1967. Initially playing blues rock, the band later developed their sound to incorporate elements of hard and folk rock to forge a progressive rock signature. The band is led by vocalist/flautist/guitarist Ian Anderson, and has featured a revolving door of lineups through the years including significant members such as guitarists Mick Abrahams and Martin Barre, keyboardist John Evan, drummers Clive Bunker, Barriemore Barlow, and Doane Perry, and bassists Glenn Cornick, Jeffrey Hammond, John Glascock, and Dave Pegg.

The band Living Colour was presented the first award for Best Hard Rock Performance in 1990. From 1992 to 1994 the award was presented as the Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance with Vocal. As of 2011, the bands Foo Fighters, Living Colour, and The Smashing Pumpkins share the record for the most wins, with two each. American artists have been presented with the award more than any other nationality, though it has been presented to musicians or groups originating from Australia twice and from the United Kingdom once. Alice in Chains holds the record for the most nominations without a win, with eight.

Living Colour band

Living Colour is an American rock band from New York City, formed in 1984. Stylistically, the band's music is a creative fusion influenced by heavy metal, funk, jazz, hip hop, punk, and alternative rock. Their lyrics range from the personal to the political, in some of the latter cases attacking Eurocentrism and racism in America.

Foo Fighters American rock band

Foo Fighters is an American rock band, formed in Seattle, Washington, in 1994. It was founded by Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl as a one-man project following the dissolution of Nirvana after the suicide of Kurt Cobain. The group got its name from the UFOs and various aerial phenomena that were reported by Allied aircraft pilots in World War II, which were known collectively as "foo fighters".

The Smashing Pumpkins American alternative rock band

The Smashing Pumpkins are an American alternative rock band from Chicago, Illinois. Formed in 1988 by frontman Billy Corgan, D'arcy Wretzky (bass), James Iha (guitar), and Jimmy Chamberlin (drums), the band has undergone many line-up changes. The current lineup features Corgan, Chamberlin, Iha and guitarist Jeff Schroeder.

The award was discontinued in 2012 due to a major overhaul of Grammy categories. After 2012, quality hard rock performances were shifted to the Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance category. However, in 2014, the Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance category was split, returning the stand-alone Best Metal Performance category and recognizing quality hard rock performances in the Best Rock Performance category. [4] According to the Recording Academy, "It was determined that metal has a very distinctive sound, and hard rock more closely aligns with rock and can exist comfortably as one end of the rock spectrum." [4]

Recipients

Chris Cornell, lead singer of the 1995 award-winning band Soundgarden, performing in 2005 Chris Cornell Montreux Jazz Festival 2005.jpg
Chris Cornell, lead singer of the 1995 award-winning band Soundgarden, performing in 2005
Billy Corgan of the two-time award-winning band, The Smashing Pumpkins Billy Corgan pic.jpg
Billy Corgan of the two-time award-winning band, The Smashing Pumpkins
1999 award winner, Robert Plant, performing in 2007 Robert Plant.jpg
1999 award winner, Robert Plant, performing in 2007
Metallica, the 2000 award-winning band, performing in 2008 Metallica at The O2 Arena London 2008.jpg
Metallica, the 2000 award-winning band, performing in 2008
Linkin Park, the 2002 award-winning band Mike Shinoda, Mr. Hahn & Chester Bennington, Linkin Park @ Sonisphere.jpg
Linkin Park, the 2002 award-winning band
The two-time award-winning band, Foo Fighters Foo Fighters Live 21.jpg
The two-time award-winning band, Foo Fighters
Wolfmother, the 2007 award-winning band, performing at the Beale Street Music Festival Wolfmother closeup.JPG
Wolfmother, the 2007 award-winning band, performing at the Beale Street Music Festival
The 2009 award-winning band, The Mars Volta The Mars Volta.jpg
The 2009 award-winning band, The Mars Volta
Year [I] Performing artist(s)WorkNomineesRef.
1990 Living Colour "Cult of Personality" [5]
1991 Living Colour Time's Up [6]
1992 Van Halen For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge [7]
1993 Red Hot Chili Peppers "Give It Away" [8]
1994 Stone Temple Pilots "Plush" [9] [10]
1995 Soundgarden "Black Hole Sun" [11]
1996 Pearl Jam "Spin the Black Circle" [12]
1997 The Smashing Pumpkins "Bullet with Butterfly Wings" [13]
1998 The Smashing Pumpkins "The End Is the Beginning Is the End" [14]
1999 Page and Plant "Most High" [15]
2000 Metallica "Whiskey in the Jar" [16]
2001 Rage Against the Machine "Guerrilla Radio" [17]
2002 Linkin Park "Crawling" [18]
2003 Foo Fighters "All My Life" [19]
2004 Evanescence & Paul McCoy "Bring Me to Life" [20]
2005 Velvet Revolver "Slither" [21]
2006 System of a Down "B.Y.O.B." [22]
2007 Wolfmother "Woman" [23]
2008 Foo Fighters "The Pretender" [24]
2009 The Mars Volta "Wax Simulacra" [25]
2010 AC/DC "War Machine" [26]
2011 Them Crooked Vultures "New Fang" [27]

^[I] Each year is linked to the article about the Grammy Awards held that year.

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