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Grammy Award for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance

Grammy Award for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance
Awarded for quality male vocal performances in the rock music genre
Country United States
Presented by National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences
First awarded 1980
Last awarded 2004
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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]

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.

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.


  • Recipients 1
  • See also 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4


Black and white image of a man with curly hair playing an acoustic guitar and standing behind a microphone stand
Two-time award winner Bob Dylan

A man wearing dark sunglasses and a jacket covered in blue and yellow rhinestones, holding up his right hand which is covered in a white glove. Behind him stands a man in a black suit.
1984 award winner, Michael Jackson

Black and white image of a man holding a guitar, wearing a dark vest and a cross hanging from a necklace
Three-time award winner Bruce Springsteen

Headshot of a man wearing sunglasses, a gold necklace, a black suit, with four piercings in his ear and one in his nose
Four-time award winner Lenny Kravitz

A man at the front of a stage holding a guitar and standing behind a microphone stand. Behind him are two men, one wearing sunglasses and holding a violin and the other in a striped shirt playing keyboards. The stage is lit from behind by a blue light that casts the shadows of leaves and thin branches.
Dave Matthews, the most recent award recipient, performing with the Dave Matthews Band

Year Performing artist Work Nominees Ref.
1980 Dylan, BobBob Dylan "Gotta Serve Somebody" [5]
1981 Joel, BillyBilly Joel Glass Houses [5]
1982 Springfield, RickRick Springfield "Jessie's Girl" [6]
1983 Mellencamp, JohnJohn Mellencamp "Hurts So Good" [7]
1984 Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson "Beat It" [5]
1985 Springsteen, BruceBruce Springsteen "Dancing in the Dark" [8]
1986 Henley, DonDon Henley "The Boys of Summer" [9]
1987 Palmer, RobertRobert Palmer "Addicted to Love" [11]
1988 [4]
1989 Palmer, RobertRobert Palmer "Simply Irresistible" [5]
1990 Henley, DonDon Henley The End of the Innocence [12]
1991 Clapton, EricEric Clapton "Bad Love" [13]
1992 [14]
1993 Clapton, EricEric Clapton Unplugged [15]
1994 [16]
1995 Springsteen, BruceBruce Springsteen "Streets of Philadelphia" [5]
1996 Petty, TomTom Petty "You Don't Know How It Feels" [17]
1997 Beck "Where It's At" [18]
1998 Dylan, BobBob Dylan "Cold Irons Bound" [19]
1999 Kravitz, LennyLenny Kravitz "Fly Away" [20]
2000 Kravitz, LennyLenny Kravitz "American Woman" [21]
2001 Kravitz, LennyLenny Kravitz "Again" [5]
2002 Kravitz, LennyLenny Kravitz "Dig In" [22]
2003 Springsteen, BruceBruce Springsteen "The Rising" [23]
2004 Matthews, DaveDave 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.

See also


  • "Past Winners Search". Note: User must select the "Rock" category as the genre under the search feature.  
  • "Grammy Awards: Best Rock Vocal Performance – Male". Rock on the Net. Retrieved April 24, 2010. 
  1. ^ "Grammy Awards at a Glance".  
  2. ^ "Overview".  
  3. ^ Rodman, Sarah (February 8, 2009). "All my rocking ladies, don't bother putting your hands up".  
  4. ^ a b Hunt, Dennis (January 15, 1988). "U2, Jackson Top Grammy Nominees: Simon, Winwood Seek Reprise of '87 Wins". Los Angeles Times (Tribune Company). p. 3. Retrieved April 26, 2010. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f "Grammy Awards: Best Rock Vocal Performance – Male". Rock on the Net. Retrieved April 26, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Lennon, Jones lead Grammy nominations".  
  7. ^ "Toto Dominates Annual Grammy Nominations".  
  8. ^ "Here's a list of the main contenders".  
  9. ^ "British band, its leader top Grammy nominees".  
  10. ^ De Atley, Richard (January 10, 1986). "Dire Straits, Tina Turner, Sting lead performer nominations".  
  11. ^ "Veterans top Grammy nominations".  
  12. ^ "Here's list of nominees from all 77 categories".  
  13. ^ "List of Grammy Award nominations". Times-News (The New York Times Company). January 11, 1991. Retrieved April 25, 2010. 
  14. ^ "Nominees announced for Grammy awards".  
  15. ^ "Grammy nominees".  
  16. ^ Campbell, Mary (January 7, 1994). "Sting, Joel top Grammy nominations".  
  17. ^ "List of Grammy nominees".  
  18. ^ Campbell, Mary (January 8, 1997). "Babyface is up for 12 Grammy awards".  
  19. ^ Campbell, Mary (January 7, 1998). "Grammys' dual Dylans". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (Journal Communications). Retrieved April 25, 2010. 
  20. ^ "1999 Grammy Nominations".  
  21. ^ "42nd Annual Grammy Awards nominations". CNN. January 4, 2000. Retrieved April 26, 2010. 
  22. ^ "Complete List Of Grammy Nominees".  
  23. ^ Goldstein, Ben (January 15, 2003). "Grammy Nominees Announced".  
  24. ^ "They're All Contenders".  

External links

  • Official site of the Grammy Awards
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