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Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance

Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance
Awarded for Quality performances in the heavy metal music genre
Country United States
Presented by National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences
First awarded 1989
Last awarded 2015
Official website

The Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance is an award presented at the Grammy Awards to recording artists for works (songs or albums) containing quality performances in the heavy metal music genre. The Grammy Awards is an annual ceremony, where honors in several categories are presented by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) 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".[1] It was established in 1958 and originally called the Gramophone Awards.[2]

The NARAS recognized heavy metal 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.[3] Jethro Tull won that award for the album Crest of a Knave, beating Metallica, which were expected to win with the album ...And Justice for All. This choice led to widespread criticism of the NARAS, as journalists suggested that the music of Jethro Tull did not belong in the hard rock or heavy metal genres.[4][5] In response, the NARAS created the categories Best Hard Rock Performance and Best Metal Performance, separating the genres.

The Best Metal Performance category was first presented at the Dokken in this category.[6] Metallica won in the first three years. The awards were presented for the song "One", a cover version of Queen's "Stone Cold Crazy", and the album Metallica. During 2012–2013, the award was temporarily discontinued in a major overhaul of Grammy categories; all solo or duo/group performances in the hard rock and metal categories were shifted to the newly formed Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance category. However, in 2014, the Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance category was split, returning the Best Metal Performance category and recognizing quality hard rock performances in the Best Rock Performance category.[7]

As of 2011, Metallica holds the record for the most wins in this category, with a total of six. The bands Black Sabbath, Nine Inch Nails, Slayer, and Tool have each received the award twice. The band Megadeth holds the record for the most nominations without a win, with nine.


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


Four men in dark clothing on a stage; the man on the left has his arm raised in the air, while the third man from the left has his arms around the second and fourth.
Members of the six-time award-winning band, Metallica

A man with red coloring on his dark hair, wearing sunglasses, necklaces, and a black suit. He is seated on a red chair, and two people are also seated in the background.
1993 award winner, Ozzy Osbourne

A man with his eyes closed and mouth open, holding a microphone; he is wearing dark clothing and wrist bands.
Jonathan Davis of the 2003 award-winning band, Korn

A man wearing a black shirt, looking down and playing a bass guitar.
Lemmy of the 2005 award-winning band, Motörhead

Black and white image of three men wearing jackets and masks over their faces. The one in the forefront is bend over, holding a guitar.
Members of the 2006 award-winning band, Slipknot

Three men on a stage, all holding guitars. All three are wearing black clothing, and audio equipment can be seen both in front of and behind them.
Members of the two-time award-winning band, Slayer

Four men standing next to one another on a stage, three of which are holding guitars. All four men are wearing black clothing, and some of the articles of clothing are studded.
Members of the 2010 award-winning band, Judas Priest

Members of the 2011 award-winning band, Iron Maiden
Members of the two-time award-winning band, Black Sabbath
Year Performing artist(s) Work Nominees Ref.
1989 Metallica "One" [8]
1990 Metallica "Stone Cold Crazy" [9]
1991 Metallica Metallica [10]
1992 Nine Inch Nails "Wish" [11]
1993 Osbourne, OzzyOzzy Osbourne "I Don't Want to Change the World" (live) [12]
1995 Soundgarden "Spoonman" [13]
1996 Nine Inch Nails "Happiness in Slavery" (live) [14]
1997 Rage Against the Machine "Tire Me" [16]
1998 Tool "Ænema" [17]
1999 Metallica "Better Than You" [18]
2000 Black Sabbath "Iron Man" (live) [19]
2001 Deftones "Elite" [20]
2002 Tool "Schism" [21]
2003 Korn "Here to Stay" [22]
2004 Metallica "St. Anger" [23]
2005 Motörhead "Whiplash" [24]
2006 Slipknot " [25]
2007 Slayer "Eyes of the Insane" [26]
2008 Slayer "Final Six" [27]
2009 Metallica "My Apocalypse" [28]
2010 Judas Priest "Dissident Aggressor" (live) [29]
2011 Iron Maiden "El Dorado" [30]
2014 Black Sabbath "God Is Dead?"
2015 Tenacious D "The Last in Line" [31]

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

See also


  • "Past Winners Search". Note: User must select the "Rock" category as the genre under the search feature.  
  • "Grammy Awards: Best Metal Performance". Rock on the Net. Retrieved June 23, 2010. 
  • "Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance".  
  1. ^ "Overview".  
  2. ^ "Grammy Awards at a Glance".  
  3. ^  
  4. ^ Hoffmann, Frank, ed. (2005). Encyclopedia of Recorded Sound 1 (2 ed.).  
  5. ^  
  6. ^ Britt, Bruce (February 17, 1990). "It's time again for the Grammy award gripes".  
  7. ^ "The Recording Academy Elects New National Officer and Approves Continuing Evolution of Grammy Awards Categories at Spring Trustees Meeting". Recording Academy. June 4, 2013. Retrieved June 4, 2013. 
  8. ^ MacDonald, Patrick (January 12, 1990). "Soundgarden Nomination: The Growth of Local Rock".  
  9. ^ Morse, Steve (January 11, 1991). "Grammys focus on fresh faces, jilt Madonna" (fee required).  
  10. ^ "Grammy nominations span Streisand, Seal, Seattle Symphony". The Seattle Times. January 8, 1992. Retrieved December 17, 2009. 
  11. ^ MacDonald, Patrick (January 8, 1993). "Grammys show influence of Seattle music". The Seattle Times. Retrieved December 17, 2009. 
  12. ^ Campbell, Mary (January 7, 1994). "Sting, Joel top Grammy nominations".  
  13. ^ Wilker, Deborah (January 6, 1995). "Stars dominate Grammy nominations" (fee required).  
  14. ^ MacDonald, Patrick (January 5, 1996). "Presidents of the U.S. are riding high in the musical polls". The Seattle Times. Retrieved December 17, 2009. 
  15. ^ Harris, Chris (January 29, 2010). "The Grammys Don't Understand Metal".  
  16. ^ Campbell, Mary (January 8, 1997). "Babyface is up for 12 Grammy awards".  
  17. ^ Morse, Steve (January 7, 1998). "Paula Cole a leader in Grammys" (fee required). The Boston Globe (The New York Times Company). Retrieved December 17, 2009. 
  18. ^ Kot, Greg (January 6, 1999). "10 nominations put Lauryn Hill atop Grammy heap" (fee required).  
  19. ^ Kot, Greg (January 5, 2000). "Guitarist Santana is 1 on Grammys' chart of nominees" (fee required). Chicago Tribune (Tribune Company). Retrieved December 17, 2009. 
  20. ^ Bream, Jon (January 4, 2001). "Rapper Eminem earns 4 Grammy nods" (fee required).  
  21. ^ "Complete List Of Grammy Nominees".  
  22. ^ Goldstein, Ben (January 15, 2003). "Grammy Nominees Announced".  
  23. ^ "They're All Contenders". The New York Times. December 5, 2003. Retrieved June 24, 2010. 
  24. ^ "Kanye West is at top of Grammy list". The Seattle Times. December 8, 2004. Retrieved June 24, 2010. 
  25. ^ "The Complete List of Grammy Nominations". The New York Times. December 8, 2005. p. 1. Retrieved June 24, 2010. 
  26. ^ "49th Annual Grammy Awards Winners List". National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Retrieved June 24, 2010. 
  27. ^ "Grammy 2008 Winners List".  
  28. ^ "Grammy 2009 Winners List". MTV. February 8, 2009. Retrieved December 1, 2009. 
  29. ^ "The 52nd Annual Grammy Awards Nominees List". National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Retrieved June 24, 2010. 
  30. ^ "53rd Annual Grammy Awards nominees list". Los Angeles Times (Tribune Company). Retrieved December 2, 2010. 
  31. ^ "TENACIOUS D Wins 'Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance' GRAMMY Award".  

External links

  • Official site of the Grammy Awards
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