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, [2] to recording artists for quality albums 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". [3]

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". [4] Since 1996, award recipients have often included the producers, engineers, and/or mixers associated with the nominated work in addition to the recording artists.

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, and Muse. Foo Fighters and Neil Young hold the record for the most nominations, with six. Young also holds the record for the most nominations without a win.


Carlos Santana of the 2000 award-winning band Santana
Four-time award-winning band Foo Fighters
Two-time award-winning band U2, performing during the Joshua Tree Tour 2017
Year Performing artist(s) Work Nominees Ref.
1995 The Rolling Stones Voodoo Lounge [9]
1996 Morissette, Alanis Alanis Morissette Jagged Little Pill [2]
1997 Crow, Sheryl Sheryl Crow Sheryl Crow
1998 Fogerty, John John Fogerty Blue Moon Swamp [32]
1999 Crow, Sheryl Sheryl Crow The Globe Sessions [12]
2000 Santana Supernatural [19]
2001 Foo Fighters There Is Nothing Left to Lose [14]
2002 U2 All That You Can't Leave Behind [21]
2003 Springsteen, Bruce Bruce Springsteen The Rising [22]
2004 Foo Fighters One by One
2005 Green Day American Idiot
2006 U2 How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
2007 Red Hot Chili Peppers Stadium Arcadium [20]
2008 Foo Fighters Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace [156]
2009 Coldplay Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends [22]
2010 Green Day 21st Century Breakdown [23]
2011 Muse The Resistance [12]
2012 Foo Fighters Wasting Light [38]
2013 The Black Keys El Camino [39]
2014 Led Zeppelin Celebration Day [6]
2015 Beck Morning Phase [11]
2016 Muse Drones [11]
2017 Cage the Elephant Tell Me I'm Pretty [40]
2018 TBA TBA [41]

Each year is linked to the article about the Grammy Awards held that year.

See also