Grammy Award for Best Rock Album

The Grammy Award for Best Rock Album is an award presented at the Grammy Awards, a ceremony that was established in 1958 and originally called the Gramophone Awards,[1] to recording artists for quality albums in the rock music genre. Honors in several categories are presented at the ceremony annually by The Recording Academy 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 for Best Rock Album
Awarded forQuality albums in the rock music genre
CountryUnited States
Presented byThe Recording Academy
First awarded1995
Currently held byThe Strokes, The New Abnormal (2021)
Websitegrammy.com

The award for Best Rock Album was first presented to the band the Rolling Stones in 1995, and the name of the category has remained unchanged since then. According to the category description guide for the 52nd Grammy Awards, the award is presented to "vocal or instrumental rock, hard rock or metal albums containing at least 51% playing time of newly recorded material".[3]

The award goes to the artist, producer and engineer/mixer, provided they were responsible for more than 50 percent of playing time on the album. Producers and/or engineers/mixers who are responsible for less than 50 percent, as well as the mastering engineer, can apply for a Winners Certificate.[4]

The band Foo Fighters holds the record for the most wins in this category, with four. Two-time winners include Sheryl Crow, Green Day, U2, Cage the Elephant, and Muse. Neil Young holds both the record for the most nominations, with seven, and the record for the most nominations without a win. To date, only two women, Sheryl Crow and Alanis Morissette have won the award.


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