Grammy Award for Best Rock Song

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Grammy Award for Best Rock Song
Awarded forHigh-quality rock music songs
CountryUnited States
Presented by National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences
First awarded1992
Currently held by Jack Antonoff & Annie Clark, "Masseduction" (2019)
Website grammy.com

The Grammy Award for Best Rock Song is an honor presented at the Grammy Awards, a ceremony that was established in 1958 and originally called the Gramophone Awards, [1] to recording artists for quality songs 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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The award, reserved for songwriters, was first presented to English musician Sting in 1992. According to the category description guide for the 52nd Grammy Awards, the award honors new songs (containing both melody and lyrics) or songs "first achieving prominence" during the period of eligibility. Songs containing prominent samples or interpolations are not eligible. [3]

Sting (musician) English musician

Gordon Matthew Thomas SumnerCBE, known as Sting, is an English musician and actor. He was the principal songwriter, lead singer, and bassist for the new wave rock band the Police from 1977 to 1984, and launched a solo career in 1985. He has included elements of rock, jazz, reggae, classical, new-age and worldbeat in his music.

Sampling (music) reproduction of short extracts from a musical work

In music, sampling is the reuse of a portion or sample of a sound recording in another recording. Samples may comprise rhythm, melody, speech, or other sounds. They are usually integrated using hardware (samplers) or software such as digital audio workstations.

Bruce Springsteen holds the records for the most wins and nominations, having won four awards from nine nominations. Other winners of multiple awards include Alanis Morissette as well as the bands Red Hot Chili Peppers and U2, with two. Award-winning songs have been performed by American artists more than any other nationality, though they have also been performed by musicians or groups originating from Canada, Ireland, and the United Kingdom. There have been four instances in which one artist or group was nominated for two works in the same year: the group Aerosmith was nominated for both "Cryin'" and "Livin' on the Edge" in 1994, Melissa Etheridge received nominations for "Come to My Window" and "I'm the Only One" in 1995, Jakob Dylan of The Wallflowers won for "One Headlight" and was also nominated for "The Difference" in 1998, and U2 was nominated for the songs "Elevation" and "Walk On" in 2002. Coldplay holds the record for the most nominations without a win, with four.

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.

Alanis Morissette Canadian-American singer-songwriter

Alanis Nadine Morissette is a Canadian-American singer, songwriter, record producer, and actress. Known for her emotive mezzo-soprano voice, Morissette began her career in Canada in the early 1990s with two mildly successful dance-pop albums. Afterwards, as part of a recording deal, she moved to Holmby Hills, Los Angeles and in 1995 released Jagged Little Pill, a more rock-oriented album which sold more than 33 million copies globally and is her most critically acclaimed work. Her follow-up album, Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie, was released in 1998.

Red Hot Chili Peppers American rock band

Red Hot Chili Peppers are an American rock band formed in Los Angeles in 1983. The group's musical style primarily consists of rock with an emphasis on funk, as well as elements from other genres such as punk rock and psychedelic rock. When played live, their music incorporates elements of jam band due to the improvised nature of many of their performances. Currently, the band consists of founding members vocalist Anthony Kiedis and bassist Flea, longtime drummer Chad Smith, and former touring guitarist Josh Klinghoffer. Red Hot Chili Peppers are one of the best-selling bands of all time with over 80 million records sold worldwide, they have been nominated for sixteen Grammy Awards, of which they have won six, and are the most successful band in alternative rock radio history, currently holding the records for most number-one singles (13), most cumulative weeks at number one (85) and most top-ten songs (25) on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart. In 2012, they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Recipients

Sting became the first award recipient in 1992 for the song "The Soul Cages". Sting ThePolice 2007.jpg
Sting became the first award recipient in 1992 for the song "The Soul Cages".
Eric Clapton, 1993 award recipient for the song "Layla", performing in 2008 Eric Clapton 1.jpg
Eric Clapton, 1993 award recipient for the song "Layla", performing in 2008
Members of the 1994 award-winning band Soul Asylum in 2010 Soul Asylum 3.jpg
Members of the 1994 award-winning band Soul Asylum in 2010
Four-time award winner Bruce Springsteen, performing in 1988 Bundesarchiv Bild 183-1988-0719-38, Bruce Springsteen, Konzert in der DDR.jpg
Four-time award winner Bruce Springsteen, performing in 1988
Two-time award recipient Alanis Morissette, performing in Barcelona in 2008 Alanis Morissette at Espacio Movistar 4.jpg
Two-time award recipient Alanis Morissette, performing in Barcelona in 2008
1997 award recipient Tracy Chapman at the 2009 Cactus Festival in Bruges, Belgium Tracy Chapman 3.jpg
1997 award recipient Tracy Chapman at the 2009 Cactus Festival in Bruges, Belgium
Jakob Dylan, 1998 award winner for the song "One Headlight" and member of The Wallflowers, performing in 2007 Jakob Dylan.jpg
Jakob Dylan, 1998 award winner for the song "One Headlight" and member of The Wallflowers, performing in 2007
Jack White and Meg White of the 2004 award-winning band The White Stripes Jack & Meg, The White Stripes.jpg
Jack White and Meg White of the 2004 award-winning band The White Stripes
Members of the two-time award-winning band U2, performing on the Joshua Tree Tour 2017. From left to right: Larry Mullen, Jr. (drumming), the Edge, Bono, and Adam Clayton U2 on Joshua Tree Tour 2017 Brussels 8-1-17.jpg
Members of the two-time award-winning band U2, performing on the Joshua Tree Tour 2017. From left to right: Larry Mullen, Jr. (drumming), the Edge, Bono, and Adam Clayton
From left to right, Matthew, Caleb, and Nathan Followill of the 2010 award-winning band Kings of Leon, performing in 2007 Kings of leon.JPG
From left to right, Matthew, Caleb, and Nathan Followill of the 2010 award-winning band Kings of Leon, performing in 2007
St. Vincent performing with her Ernie Ball Music Man signature guitar (2018) January 2018 St. Vincent (28047221179).jpg
St. Vincent performing with her Ernie Ball Music Man signature guitar (2018)
YearSongwriter(s)TitleArtist(s) [I] Nominees
(Performer(s) in parenthesis) [II]
Ref.
1992 Sting "The Soul Cages" Sting [4]
1993 Eric Clapton
Jim Gordon
"Layla" ( Unplugged version) Eric Clapton [5]
1994 Dave Pirner "Runaway Train" Soul Asylum [6]
1995 Bruce Springsteen "Streets of Philadelphia" Bruce Springsteen [7]
1996 Alanis Morissette
Glen Ballard
"You Oughta Know" Alanis Morissette [8]
1997 Tracy Chapman "Give Me One Reason" Tracy Chapman [9]
1998 Jakob Dylan "One Headlight" The Wallflowers [10]
1999 Alanis Morissette "Uninvited" Alanis Morissette [11]
2000 Red Hot Chili Peppers "Scar Tissue" Red Hot Chili Peppers [12]
2001 Scott Stapp
Mark Tremonti
"With Arms Wide Open" Creed [13]
2002 Train "Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me)" Train [14]
2003 Bruce Springsteen "The Rising" Bruce Springsteen [15]
2004 Jack White "Seven Nation Army" The White Stripes [16]
2005 U2 "Vertigo" U2 [17]
2006 U2 "City of Blinding Lights" U2 [18]
2007 Red Hot Chili Peppers "Dani California" Red Hot Chili Peppers [19]
2008 Bruce Springsteen "Radio Nowhere" Bruce Springsteen [20]
2009 Bruce Springsteen "Girls in Their Summer Clothes" Bruce Springsteen [21]
2010 Kings of Leon "Use Somebody" Kings of Leon [22]
2011 Neil Young "Angry World" Neil Young [23]
2012 Foo Fighters "Walk" Foo Fighters [24]
2013 The Black Keys
Brian Burton
"Lonely Boy" The Black Keys
2014 Dave Grohl
Paul McCartney
Krist Novoselic
Pat Smear
"Cut Me Some Slack" Paul McCartney, Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic & Pat Smear
2015 Hayley Williams
Taylor York
"Ain't It Fun" Paramore [25]
2016 Alabama Shakes "Don't Wanna Fight" Alabama Shakes [23]
2017 David Bowie "Blackstar" David Bowie [23]
2018 Foo Fighters "Run" Foo Fighters [26]
2019 Jack Antonoff
Annie Clark
"Masseduction" St. Vincent [27]

See also

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Hall of fame located on the shore of Lake Erie in downtown Cleveland, Ohio, United States

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, located in downtown Cleveland, Ohio, on the shore of Lake Erie, recognizes and archives the history of the best-known and most influential artists, producers, engineers, and other notable figures who have had some major influence on the development of rock and roll. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation was established on April 20, 1983, by Ahmet Ertegun, founder and chairman of Atlantic Records. In 1986, Cleveland was chosen as the Hall of Fame's permanent home.

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