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, 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".
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. The Academy has cited a lack of eligible recordings in the female rock category as the reason for the mergers. 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.
|1980||Dylan, BobBob Dylan||"Gotta Serve Somebody"|
|1981||Joel, BillyBilly Joel||Glass Houses|
|1982||Springfield, RickRick Springfield||"Jessie's Girl"|
|1983||Mellencamp, JohnJohn Mellencamp||"Hurts So Good"|
|1984||Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson||"Beat It"|
|1985||Springsteen, BruceBruce Springsteen||"Dancing in the Dark"|
|1986||Henley, DonDon Henley||"The Boys of Summer"|
|1987||Palmer, RobertRobert Palmer||"Addicted to Love"|
|1989||Palmer, RobertRobert Palmer||"Simply Irresistible"|
|1990||Henley, DonDon Henley||The End of the Innocence|
|1991||Clapton, EricEric Clapton||"Bad Love"|
|1993||Clapton, EricEric Clapton||Unplugged|
|1995||Springsteen, BruceBruce Springsteen||"Streets of Philadelphia"|
|1996||Petty, TomTom Petty||"You Don't Know How It Feels"|
|1997||Beck||"Where It's At"|
|1998||Dylan, BobBob Dylan||"Cold Irons Bound"|
|1999||Kravitz, LennyLenny Kravitz||"Fly Away"|
|2000||Kravitz, LennyLenny Kravitz||"American Woman"|
|2001||Kravitz, LennyLenny Kravitz||"Again"|
|2002||Kravitz, LennyLenny Kravitz||"Dig In"|
|2003||Springsteen, BruceBruce Springsteen||"The Rising"|
|2004||Matthews, DaveDave Matthews||"Gravedigger"|
^[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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