Grammy Award for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance

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Grammy Award for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance
Awarded forQuality male vocal performances in the rock music genre
CountryUnited States
Presented by National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences
First awarded1980
Last awarded2004
Currently held by Dave Matthews, "Gravedigger" (2004)
Website grammy.com

The Grammy Award for Best Male 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 male 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]

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.

Rock music is a broad genre of popular music that originated as "rock and roll" in the United States in the early 1950s, and developed into a range of different styles in the 1960s and later, particularly in the United Kingdom and in the United States. It has its roots in 1940s and 1950s rock and roll, a style which drew heavily on the genres of blues, rhythm and blues, and from country music. Rock music also drew strongly on a number of other genres such as electric blues and folk, and incorporated influences from jazz, classical and other musical styles. Musically, rock has centered on the electric guitar, usually as part of a rock group with electric bass, drums, and one or more singers. Usually, rock is song-based music usually with a 4/4 time signature using a verse–chorus form, but the genre has become extremely diverse. Like pop music, lyrics often stress romantic love but also address a wide variety of other themes that are frequently social or political.

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Originally called the Grammy Award for Best Rock Vocal Performance, Male, the award was first presented to Bob Dylan in 1980. Beginning with the 1995 ceremony, the name of the award was changed to Best Male Rock Vocal Performance. However, in 1988, 1992, 1994, and since 2005, this category was combined with the Grammy Award for Best Female 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.

Bob Dylan American singer-songwriter, musician, author, and artist

Bob Dylan is an American singer-songwriter, author, and visual artist who has been a major figure in popular culture for more than fifty years. Much of his most celebrated work dates from the 1960s, when songs such as "Blowin' in the Wind" (1963) and "The Times They Are a-Changin'" (1964) became anthems for the Civil Rights Movement and anti-war movement. His lyrics during this period incorporated a wide range of political, social, philosophical, and literary influences, defied pop-music conventions and appealed to the burgeoning counterculture.

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, to female recording artists for works 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".

The Grammy Award for Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance was an award presented at the Grammy Awards, a ceremony that was established in 1958 and originally called the Gramophone Awards, to recording artists for works 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".

Lenny Kravitz holds the record for the most wins in this category, with a total of four consecutive wins from 1999 to 2002. Bruce Springsteen has been presented the award three times, and two-time winners include Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Don Henley, and Robert Palmer. Since its inception, American artists have been presented with the award more than any other nationality, though it has been presented to musicians from the United Kingdom four times, from Australia once, and from South Africa once.

Lenny Kravitz American singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist

Leonard Albert Kravitz is an American singer, songwriter, actor, record producer, and multi-instrumentalist. His "retro" style incorporates elements of rock, blues, soul, R&B, funk, jazz, reggae, hard rock, psychedelic, pop, folk, and ballads. In addition to singing lead and backing vocals, Kravitz often plays all of the instruments himself when recording.

Bruce Springsteen American singer and songwriter

Bruce Frederick Joseph Springsteen, nicknamed "The Boss", is an American singer-songwriter and leader of the E Street Band. He is recognized for his poetic lyrics, his Jersey Shore roots, his distinctive voice, and his lengthy, energetic stage performances.

Eric Clapton English musician, singer, songwriter, and guitarist

Eric Patrick Clapton, is an English rock and blues guitarist, singer, and songwriter. He is the only three-time inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: once as a solo artist and separately as a member of the Yardbirds and of Cream. Clapton has been referred to as one of the most important and influential guitarists of all time. Clapton ranked second in Rolling Stone magazine's list of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time" and fourth in Gibson's "Top 50 Guitarists of All Time". He was also named number five in Time magazine's list of "The 10 Best Electric Guitar Players" in 2009.

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Two-time award winner Bob Dylan Bob Dylan Barcelona.jpg
Two-time award winner Bob Dylan
1984 award winner, Michael Jackson Michael Jackson 1984.jpg
1984 award winner, Michael Jackson
Three-time award winner Bruce Springsteen Bundesarchiv Bild 183-1988-0719-38, Bruce Springsteen, Konzert in der DDR.jpg
Three-time award winner Bruce Springsteen
Four-time award winner Lenny Kravitz Lenny Kravitz (Brasilia, 2005).jpeg
Four-time award winner Lenny Kravitz
Dave Matthews, the most recent award recipient, performing with the Dave Matthews Band Dave Matthews Band - Close Up Melbourne 2005.jpg
Dave Matthews, the most recent award recipient, performing with the Dave Matthews Band
Year [I] Performing artistWorkNomineesRef.
1980 Bob Dylan "Gotta Serve Somebody" [5]
1981 Billy Joel Glass Houses
[5]
1982 Rick Springfield "Jessie's Girl" [6]
1983 John Mellencamp "Hurts So Good" [7]
1984 Michael Jackson "Beat It" [5]
1985 Bruce Springsteen "Dancing in the Dark" [8]
1986 Don Henley "The Boys of Summer" [9]
[10]
1987 Robert Palmer "Addicted to Love"
[11]
1988 [II] [4]
1989 Robert Palmer "Simply Irresistible" [5]
1990 Don Henley The End of the Innocence
[12]
1991 Eric Clapton "Bad Love" [13]
1992 [II] [14]
1993 Eric Clapton Unplugged [15]
1994 [II] [16]
1995 Bruce Springsteen "Streets of Philadelphia" [5]
1996 Tom Petty "You Don't Know How It Feels" [17]
1997 Beck "Where It's At" [18]
1998 Bob Dylan "Cold Irons Bound" [19]
1999 Lenny Kravitz "Fly Away" [20]
2000 Lenny Kravitz "American Woman" [21]
2001 Lenny Kravitz "Again" [5]
2002 Lenny Kravitz "Dig In" [22]
2003 Bruce Springsteen "The Rising"
[23]
2004 Dave Matthews "Gravedigger" [24]

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

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