Awards & Winners

Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance

Grammy Awards

The Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance is an award presented at the Grammy Awards to recording artists for works containing quality performances in the heavy metal music genre. The Grammy Awards is an annual ceremony, where honors in several categories are presented 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". It was established in 1958 and originally called the Gramophone Awards. The NARAS recognized heavy metal music artists for the first time at the 31st Grammy Awards. The category was originally presented as Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance Vocal or Instrumental, combining two of the most popular music genres of the 1980s. Jethro Tull won that award for the album Crest of a Knave, beating Metallica, which were expected to win with the album ...And Justice for All. This choice led to widespread criticism of the NARAS, as journalists suggested that the music of Jethro Tull did not belong in the hard rock or heavy metal genres. In response, the NARAS created the categories Best Hard Rock Performance and Best Metal Performance, separating the genres.

Check all the winners of Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance presented under Grammy Awards since 1989 .

Black Sabbath

Honored for : God Is Dead?

Nominations 2013 »

Nominee Nominated Work
Anthrax T.N.T.
Black Sabbath God Is Dead?
Dream Theater The Enemy Inside
Volbeat Room 24
King Diamond Room 24
Killswitch Engage In Due Time

Iron Maiden

Honored for : El Dorado
(Track from: The Final Frontier, Artist)

Nominations 2010 »

Nominee Nominated Work
Iron Maiden El Dorado
Track from: The Final Frontier","2011 Best Metal Performance
Korn Let the Guilt Go
Track from:Korn III: Remember Who You Are
Lamb of God In Your Words
Track from: Wrath
Megadeth Sudden Death
Slayer World Painted Blood
Track from: World Painted Blood

Judas Priest

Honored for : Dissident Aggressor

Nominations 2009 »

Nominee Nominated Work
Judas Priest Dissident Aggressor
Track from: A Touch Of Evil - Live
Lamb of God Set to Fail
Track from: Wrath
Megadeth Head Crusher
Track from: Endgame
Ministry Señor Peligro
Track from: Adios...
Slayer Hate Worldwide


Honored for : My Apocalypse

Nominations 2008 »

Nominee Nominated Work
Metallica My Apocalypse
Ministry Under My Thumb
DragonForce Heroes of Our Time
Slipknot Psychosocial
Judas Priest Nostradamus


Honored for : Final Six

Nominations 2007 »

Nominee Nominated Work
As I Lay Dying Nothing Left
Shadows Fall Redemption
Machine Head Aesthetics of Hate
King Diamond Never Ending Hill
Slayer Final Six


Honored for : Eyes Of The Insane

Nominations 2006 »

Nominee Nominated Work
Stone Sour 30/30-150
Ministry LiesLiesLies
Mastodon Colony of Birchmen
Lamb of God Redneck
Slayer Eyes Of The Insane


Honored for : Before I Forget

Nominations 2005 »

Nominee Nominated Work
Rammstein Mein Teil
Ministry The Great Satan
Shadows Fall What Drives the Weak
Mudvayne Determined
Slipknot Before I Forget


Honored for : Whiplash

Nominations 2004 »

Nominee Nominated Work
Slipknot Vermilion
Killswitch Engage The End of Heartache
Cradle of Filth Nymphetamine
Hatebreed Live For This
Motörhead Whiplash


Honored for : St. Anger

Nominations 2003 »

Nominee Nominated Work
Spineshank Smothered
Korn Did My Time
Marilyn Manson mOBSCENE
Stone Sour Inhale
Metallica St. Anger


Honored for : Here to Stay

Nominations 2002 »

Nominee Nominated Work
P.O.D. Portrait
Slipknot My Plague
Stone Sour Get Inside
Rob Zombie Never Gonna Stop (The Red Red Kroovy)
Korn Here to Stay


Honored for : Schism

Nominations 2001 »

Nominee Nominated Work
Black Sabbath The Wizard
Slayer Disciple
System of a Down Chop Suey
Slipknot Left Behind
Marilyn Manson Astonishing Panorama of the Endtimes
Tool Schism


Honored for : Elite

Nominations 2000 »

Nominee Nominated Work
Iron Maiden The Wicker Man
Pantera Revolution Is My Name
Slipknot Wait and Bleed
Deftones Elite

Black Sabbath

Honored for : Iron Man

Nominations 1999 »

Nominee Nominated Work
Ministry Bad Blood
Nine Inch Nails Starfuckers, Inc.
Motörhead Enter Sandman
Rob Zombie Superbeast
Black Sabbath Iron Man


Honored for : Better Than You

Nominations 1998 »

Nominee Nominated Work
Rage Against the Machine No Shelter
Nashville Pussy Fried Chicken and Coffee
Metallica Better Than You
Judas Priest Bullet Train
Rammstein Du hast
Korn No Place to Hide


Honored for : Ænema

Nominations 1997 »

Nominee Nominated Work
Corrosion of Conformity Drowning in a Daydream
Pantera Cemetery Gates
Megadeth Trust
Tool Ænema
Korn Shoots and Ladders

Rage Against the Machine

Honored for : Tire Me

Nominations 1996 »

Nominee Nominated Work
Pantera Suicide Note, Part I
White Zombie I\u2019m Your Boogie Man
Alice Cooper Hands of Death (Burn Baby Burn)
Rob Zombie Hands of Death (Burn Baby Burn)
Rage Against the Machine Tire Me

Nine Inch Nails

Honored for : Happiness in Slavery

Nominations 1995 »

Nominee Nominated Work
Metallica For Whom the Bell Tolls
Megadeth Paranoid
White Zombie More Human Than Human
Nine Inch Nails Happiness in Slavery
Gwar S.F.W.


Honored for : Spoonman

Nominations 1994 »

Nominee Nominated Work
Megadeth 99 Ways to Die
Public Enemy Bring the Noise
Anthrax Bring the Noise
Rollins Band Liar
Pantera I'm Broken
Soundgarden Spoonman

Ozzy Osbourne

Honored for : I Don't Want to Change the World

Nominations 1993 »

Nominee Nominated Work
Suicidal Tendencies Institutionalized
Iron Maiden Fear of the Dark (live)
White Zombie Thunder Kiss \u201965
Megadeth Angry Again
Ozzy Osbourne I Don't Want to Change the World
1994 Best Metal Performance With Voca

Nine Inch Nails

Honored for : Wish

Nominations 1992 »

Nominee Nominated Work
Ministry N.W.O.
Helmet In the Meantime
Soundgarden Into the Void (Sealth)
Megadeth Countdown to Extinction
Nine Inch Nails Wish


Honored for : Metallica

Nominations 1991 »

Nominee Nominated Work
Megadeth Hangar 18
Soundgarden Badmotorfinger
Motörhead 1916
Metallica Metallica
Anthrax Attack of the Killer B's


Honored for : Stone Cold Crazy

Nominations 1990 »

Nominee Nominated Work
Judas Priest Painkiller
Anthrax Persistence of Time
Suicidal Tendencies Lights... Camera... Revolution!
Megadeth Rust in Peace\u2026 Polaris
Metallica Stone Cold Crazy


Honored for : One

Nominations 1989 »

Nominee Nominated Work
Faith No More The Real Thing
Queensrÿche I Don't Believe in Love
Dokken Beast From the East
Soundgarden Ultramega OK
Metallica One