The Grammy Award for Best Female 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 female 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, Female, the award was first presented to Donna Summer in 1980. Beginning with the 1995 ceremony, the name of the award was changed to Best Female Rock Vocal Performance. However, in 1988, 1992, 1994, and since 2005, this category was combined with the Grammy Award for Best Male 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 female performers 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.
Pat Benatar, Sheryl Crow, and Tina Turner hold the record for the most wins in this category, with four wins each. Melissa Etheridge and Alanis Morissette have been presented the award two times each. Crow's song "There Goes the Neighborhood" was nominated twice; one version from the album The Globe Sessions was nominated in 1999 (but lost to Morissette's song "Uninvited"), and a live version from the album Sheryl Crow and Friends: Live from Central Park was nominated and won in 2001. Since its inception, American artists have been presented with the award more than any other nationality, though it has been presented to vocalists from Canada three times. Stevie Nicks holds the record for the most nominations without a win, with five.
|Grammy Award for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance|
|Awarded for||Quality female vocal performances in the rock music genre|
|Presented by||National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences|
|1980||Donna Summer||"Hot Stuff"|||
|1981||Pat Benatar||Crimes of Passion|||
|1982||Pat Benatar||"Fire and Ice"|||
|1983||Pat Benatar||"Shadows of the Night"|||
|1984||Pat Benatar||"Love Is a Battlefield"|||
|1985||Tina Turner||"Better Be Good to Me"|||
|1986||Tina Turner||"One of the Living"|||
|1987||Tina Turner||"Back Where You Started"|||
|1989||Tina Turner||Tina Live in Europe|||
|1990||Bonnie Raitt||Nick of Time|||
|1991||Alannah Myles||"Black Velvet"|||
|1993||Melissa Etheridge||"Ain't It Heavy"|||
|1995||Melissa Etheridge||"Come to My Window"|||
|1996||Alanis Morissette||"You Oughta Know"|||
|1997||Sheryl Crow||"If It Makes You Happy"|||
|2000||Sheryl Crow||"Sweet Child o' Mine"|||
|2001||Sheryl Crow||"There Goes the Neighborhood"|||
|2002||Lucinda Williams||"Get Right With God"|||
|2003||Sheryl Crow||"Steve McQueen"|||
^[I] Each year is linked to the article about the Grammy Awards held that year.
^[II] Award was combined with the Best Male Rock Vocal Performance category and presented in a genderless category known as Best Rock Vocal Performance, Solo.
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"Back Where You Started" is a popular album track and the second (promotional only) single released in the United States by rock/soul singer Tina Turner, from her Platinum-certified Break Every Rule album.
The song was written by Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance, and produced by Adams and Bob Clearmountain. It was the second collaboration between Turner and Adams, their first being the 1985 hit "It's Only Love". Although "Back Where You Started" was never released commercially as a single, it was a hit on the US Rock Chart and won Turner a Grammy Award for Best Rock Vocal Performance, Female in 1987.Better Be Good to Me
"Better Be Good to Me" is a hit rock song, written by Mike Chapman, Nicky Chinn and Holly Knight, featured on Tina Turner's fifth studio album, Private Dancer (1984). The song was originally recorded and released in 1981 by Spider, a band from New York City with co-writer Holly Knight as a member. Tina Turner's version was successful in the United States on the Hot 100 and the US R&B/Hip-Hop chart. It peaked at number five on the Billboard Hot 100 and number six on the US R&B/Hip-hop chart. At the 27th Grammy Awards in 1985, it won Best Rock Vocal Performance, Female, one of four Grammys awarded to Turner in that ceremony.The song was featured in the tenth episode of Miami Vice and was included on the first volume of the Miami Vice soundtrack.Come to My Window
"Come to My Window" is a song by Melissa Etheridge released in 1993 on her 1993 album Yes I Am. This was the first song to be released after Etheridge publicly announced her sexual orientation of being a lesbian. With the driving force of gay rights, the song gained a lot of airplay on radio stations, mostly through call-in requests. The song debuted on the Billboard charts after the first week of its release, reaching number 25 on the chart. The song also charted in Canada, reaching number 13 on the RPM Top Singles chart. It was the second song from Etheridge that earned her a Grammy Award for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance.Crimes of Passion (Pat Benatar album)
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The album debuted on the US Billboard 200 album chart the week ending August 23 and held at No. 2 for five weeks in the US in January 1981, behind John Lennon and Yoko Ono's Double Fantasy. It contains the hits "Hit Me with Your Best Shot" (US No. 9), "You Better Run" (US No. 42), "Treat Me Right" (US No. 18), plus a cover of Kate Bush's international hit, "Wuthering Heights". Crimes of Passion is Benatar's biggest selling career album, having been certified 4x Platinum (for sales of over four million copies) in the United States alone. In Billboard magazine's year end chart, Crimes of Passion was listed at number 5.The song "Hell Is for Children", which was not released as an A-side single, was also a hit on album-rock stations. A live version of this song from her album Live from Earth (1983) was released as the B-side of her "Love Is a Battlefield" single three years later. The song was featured in the 1981 animated film American Pop, as well as on the soundtrack.In 1981, Benatar won her first Grammy Award for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance thanks to Crimes of Passion.The music video for the song "You Better Run" was the second music video ever aired on MTV in 1981.
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"Shadows of the Night" garnered Benatar her third Grammy Award for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance in 1983.
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In 2014, the song was featured in the enhanced version of the video game Grand Theft Auto V on the in-game radio station Los Santos Rock Radio.
In 2015, the song was featured at the end of the Halloween episode of The Goldbergs.Steve McQueen (song)
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Crow performed the song on her live album Sheryl Crow and Friends: Live from Central Park.Tina Live in Europe
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