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Grammy Award for Best Rock Album
Presented by The Recording Academy
Country United States
First awarded 1995
Currently held by Ozzy Osbourne, Patient Number 9 (2023)

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, 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".

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".

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.

The band Foo Fighters holds the record for the most wins in this category, with five. Two-time winners include Sheryl Crow, Green Day, U2, Cage the Elephant, and Muse. Neil Young jointly holds both the record for the most nominations alongside the Foo Fighters, 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.


The Rolling Stones Summerfest in Milwaukee - 2015
Inagurual recipient The Rolling Stones
Alanis Morissette at Espacio Movistar 2 (cropped)
Alanis Morissette was the first woman to win the award
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Two-time award winner Sheryl Crow
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Carlos Santana of the 2000 award-winning band Santana
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Five-time award-winning band Foo Fighters
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Two-time award-winning band U2, performing during the Joshua Tree Tour 2017
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2003 award winner Bruce Springsteen, performing in 2008
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2009 winners Coldplay
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Two-time award-winning band Muse
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2015 winner Beck.
Cage The Elephant Live @ Bonnaroo 2017
Two-time award-winning band Cage the Elephant
Year Performing artist(s) Work Nominees Ref.
1995 The Rolling Stones Voodoo Lounge
1996 Morissette, AlanisAlanis Morissette Jagged Little Pill
1997 Crow, SherylSheryl Crow Sheryl Crow
1998 Fogerty, JohnJohn Fogerty Blue Moon Swamp
1999 Crow, SherylSheryl Crow The Globe Sessions
2000 Santana Supernatural
2001 Foo Fighters There Is Nothing Left to Lose
2002 U2 All That You Can't Leave Behind
2003 Springsteen, BruceBruce Springsteen The Rising
2004 Foo Fighters One by One
2005 Green Day American Idiot
  • Elvis Costello and the Imposters – The Delivery Man
  • HoobastankThe Reason
  • The Killers – Hot Fuss
  • Velvet Revolver – Contraband
2006 U2 How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
2007 Red Hot Chili Peppers Stadium Arcadium
  • John Mayer Trio – Try!
  • Tom PettyHighway Companion
  • The Raconteurs – Broken Boy Soldiers
  • Neil YoungLiving with War
2008 Foo Fighters Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace
2009 Coldplay Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends
2010 Green Day 21st Century Breakdown
2011 Muse The Resistance
2012 Foo Fighters Wasting Light
2013 The Black Keys El Camino
2014 Led Zeppelin Celebration Day
2015 Beck Morning Phase
2016 Muse Drones
  • James Bay – Chaos and the Calm
  • Death Cab for Cutie – Kintsugi
  • Highly Suspect – Mister Asylum
  • Slipknot.5: The Gray Chapter
2017 Cage the Elephant Tell Me I'm Pretty
  • Blink-182California
  • Gojira – Magma
  • Panic! at the Disco – Death of a Bachelor
  • WeezerWeezer
2018 The War on Drugs A Deeper Understanding
2019 Greta Van Fleet From the Fires
2020 Cage the Elephant Social Cues
  • Bring Me the Horizon – Amo
  • The CranberriesIn the End
  • I Prevail – Trauma
  • Rival Sons – Feral Roots
2021 The Strokes The New Abnormal
  • Fontaines D.C. – A Hero's Death
  • Michael KiwanukaKiwanuka
  • Grace Potter – Daylight
  • Sturgill Simpson – Sound & Fury
2022 Foo Fighters Medicine at Midnight
2023 Ozzy Osbourne Patient Number 9
  • The Black Keys – Dropout Boogie
  • Elvis Costello & The Imposters – The Boy Named If
  • IDLES – Crawler
  • Machine Gun KellyMainstream Sellout
  • Spoon – Lucifer on the Sofa

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

Artists with multiple wins

Artists with multiple nominations

See also

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