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Metallica is the most successful band in this category with six wins out of eight nominations

The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) of the United States 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 joining two of the most popular music genres in 1980s.[1] Jethro Tull won that Grammy Award for Crest of a Knave beating Metallica, which were expected to win with ...And Justice for All. This choice led to widespread criticism of NARAS, as journalists considered that the music of Jethro Tull does not belong to the hard rock or heavy metal genres.[2][3]

The NARAS then created the Best Hard Rock Performance and the Best Metal Performance categories, thus separating the genres. The Best Metal Performance category was first presented at the 32nd Grammy Awards, and was again subject of controversy when Soundgarden's Chris Cornell was perplexed by NARAS' choice of put Dokken in this category.[4] Metallica who was among the nominees won for "One", repeating the feat at the 33rd Grammy Awards with a cover version of Queen's "Stone Cold Crazy" and at the 34th Grammy Awards for Metallica. The one-man band Nine Inch Nails won for "Wish" and "Happiness in Slavery" in 1993 and 1996 respectively, and was nominated for "Starfuckers, Inc." in 2000, losing to Black Sabbath's "Iron Man". In 2007 and 2008, Slayer won for "Eyes of the Insane" and "Final Six", both songs from Christ Illusion.

As of 2009, Metallica is the most successful artist in this category with six wins out of eight nominations, followed by Nine Inch Nails, Slayer, and Tool with two wins each. Megadeth is the band with most nominations without a win, seven in total, followed by Ministry with five, Pantera with four, and Anthrax, Judas Priest, Rob Zombie, Stone Sour, and White Zombie tied with three nominations each.

Winners and nominees

Year Artist Work Result
1990 Metallica "One" (track from ...And Justice for All) Won
1990 Dokken Beast from the East [5 ] Nominated
1990 Faith No More The Real Thing [5 ] Nominated
1990 Queensrÿche "I Don't Believe in Love" (track from Operation: Mindcrime)[5 ] Nominated
1990 Soundgarden Ultramega OK [5 ] Nominated
1991 Metallica "Stone Cold Crazy" (track from Rubáiyát: Elektra's 40th Anniversary) Won
1991 Anthrax Persistence of Time [6 ] Nominated
1991 Judas Priest Painkiller [6 ] Nominated
1991 Megadeth Rust in Peace [6 ] Nominated
1991 Suicidal Tendencies Lights...Camera...Revolution! [6 ] Nominated
1992 Metallica Metallica Won
1992 Anthrax Attack of the Killer B's [7 ] Nominated
1992 Megadeth "Hangar 18" (track from Rust in Peace)[7 ] Nominated
1992 Motörhead 1916 [7 ] Nominated
1992 Soundgarden Badmotorfinger [7 ] Nominated
1993 Nine Inch Nails "Wish" (track from Broken) Won
1993 Helmet "In the Meantime" (track from Meantime)[8 ] Nominated
1993 Megadeth Countdown to Extinction [8 ] Nominated
1993 Ministry "N.W.O." (track from Psalm 69: The Way to Succeed and the Way to Suck Eggs)[8 ] Nominated
1993 Soundgarden "Into the Void (Sealth)" (track from Badmotorfinger)[8 ] Nominated
1994 Ozzy Osbourne "I Don't Want to Change the World" (track from No More Tears) Won
1994 Iron Maiden "Fear of the Dark" (track from A Real Live One)[9 ] Nominated
1994 Megadeth "Angry Again" (track from Last Action Hero: Music from the Original Motion Picture)[9 ] Nominated
1994 Suicidal Tendencies "Institutionalized" (track from Still Cyco After All These Years)[9 ] Nominated
1994 White Zombie "Thunder Kiss '65" (track from La Sexorcisto: Devil Music, Vol. 1)[9 ] Nominated
1995 Soundgarden "Spoonman" (track from Superunknown) Won
1995 Anthrax and Public Enemy "Bring the Noise" (track from Anthrax Live: The Island Years)[10 ] Nominated
1995 Megadeth "99 Ways to Die" (track from The Beavis and Butt-head Experience)[10 ] Nominated
1995 Pantera "I'm Broken" (track from Far Beyond Driven)[10 ] Nominated
1995 Rollins Band "Liar" (track from Weight)[10 ] Nominated
1996 Nine Inch Nails "Happiness in Slavery" (track from Woodstock '94) Won
1996 Gwar "S.F.W." (track from S.F.W.)[11 ] Nominated
1996 Megadeth "Paranoid" (track from Hidden Treasures)[11 ] Nominated
1996 Metallica "For Whom the Bell Tolls" (track from Woodstock '94)[11 ] Nominated
1996 White Zombie "More Human than Human" (track from Astro-Creep: 2000)[11 ] Nominated
1997 Rage Against the Machine "Tire Me" (track from Evil Empire) Won
1997 Korn "Shoots and Ladders" (track from Korn)[12 ] Nominated
1997 Pantera "Suicide Note, Pt. 2" (track from The Great Southern Trendkill)[12 ] Nominated
1997 White Zombie "I'm Your Boogieman" (track from The Crow: City of Angels)[12 ] Nominated
1997 Rob Zombie and Alice Cooper "Hands of Death (Burn Baby Burn)" (track from Songs in the Key of X)[12 ] Nominated
1998 Tool "Ænema" (track from Ænima) Won
1998 Corrosion of Conformity "Drowning in a Daydream" (track from Wiseblood)[13 ] Nominated
1998 Korn "No Place to Hide" (track from Life Is Peachy)[13 ] Nominated
1998 Megadeth "Trust" (track from Cryptic Writings)[13 ] Nominated
1998 Pantera "Cemetery Gates" (track from Official Live: 101 Proof)[13 ] Nominated
1999 Metallica "Better Than You" (track from ReLoad) Won
1999 Judas Priest "Bullet Train" (track from Jugulator)[14 ] Nominated
1999 Nashville Pussy "Fried Chicken and Coffee" (track from Let Them Eat Pussy)[14 ] Nominated
1999 Rage Against the Machine "No Shelter" (track from Godzilla: The Album)[14 ] Nominated
1999 Rammstein "Du hast" (track from Sehnsucht)[14 ] Nominated
2000 Black Sabbath "Iron Man" (track from The Best of Black Sabbath) Won
2000 Ministry "Bad Blood" (track from The Matrix: Music from the Motion Picture)[15 ] Nominated
2000 Motörhead "Enter Sandman" (track from ECW: Extreme Music)[15 ] Nominated
2000 Nine Inch Nails "Starfuckers, Inc." (track from The Fragile)[15 ] Nominated
2000 Rob Zombie "Superbeast" (track from Hellbilly Deluxe)[15 ] Nominated
2001 Deftones "Elite" (track from White Pony) Won
2001 Iron Maiden "The Wicker Man" (track from Brave New World)[16 ] Nominated
2001 Marilyn Manson "Astonishing Panorama of the Endtimes" (track from Celebrity Deathmatch)[16 ] Nominated
2001 Pantera "Revolution Is My Name" (track from Reinventing the Steel)[16 ] Nominated
2001 Slipknot "Wait and Bleed" (track from Slipknot)[16 ] Nominated
2002 Tool "Schism" (track from Lateralus)[17 ] Won
2002 Black Sabbath "The Wizard" (track from Ozzfest 2001: The Second Millennium)[17 ] Nominated
2002 Slayer "Disciple" (track from God Hates Us All)[17 ] Nominated
2002 Slipknot "Left Behind" (track from Iowa)[17 ] Nominated
2002 System of a Down "Chop Suey!" (track from Toxicity)[17 ] Nominated
2003 Korn "Here to Stay" (track from Untouchables) Won
2003 P.O.D. "Portrait" (track from Satellite) Nominated
2003 Slipknot "My Plague" (track from Iowa) Nominated
2003 Stone Sour "Get Inside" (track from Stone Sour) Nominated
2003 Rob Zombie "Never Gonna Stop (The Red Red Kroovy)" (track from The Sinister Urge) Nominated
2004 Metallica "St. Anger" (track from St. Anger) Won
2004 Korn "Did My Time" (track from Take a Look in the Mirror) Nominated
2004 Marilyn Manson "Mobscene" (track from The Golden Age of Grotesque) Nominated
2004 Spineshank "Smothered" (track from Self-Destructive Pattern) Nominated
2004 Stone Sour "Inhale" (track from Stone Sour) Nominated
2005 Motörhead "Whiplash" (track from Metallic Attack: The Ultimate Tribute to Metallica) Won
2005 Cradle of Filth "Nymphetamine Fix" (track from Nymphetamine) Nominated
2005 Hatebreed "Live for This" (track from The Rise of Brutality) Nominated
2005 Killswitch Engage "The End of Heartache" (track from The End of Heartache) Nominated
2005 Slipknot "Vermilion, Pt. 1" (track from Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses)) Nominated
2006 Slipknot "Before I Forget" (track from Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses)) Won
2006 Ministry "The Great Satan" (track from Rantology) Nominated
2006 Mudvayne "Determined" (track from Lost and Found) Nominated
2006 Rammstein "Mein Teil" (track from Reise, Reise) Nominated
2006 Shadows Fall "What Drives the Weak" (track from The War Within) Nominated
2007 Slayer "Eyes of the Insane" (track from Christ Illusion) Won
2007 Lamb of God "Redneck" (track from Sacrament) Nominated
2007 Mastodon "Colony of Birchmen" (track from Blood Mountain) Nominated
2007 Ministry "Lieslieslies" (track from Rio Grande Blood) Nominated
2007 Stone Sour "30/30-150" (track from Come What(ever) May) Nominated
2008 Slayer "Final Six" (track from Christ Illusion) Won
2008 As I Lay Dying "Nothing Left" (track from An Ocean Between Us) Nominated
2008 King Diamond "Never Ending Hill" (track from Give Me Your Soul...Please) Nominated
2008 Machine Head "Aesthetics of Hate" (track from The Blackening) Nominated
2008 Shadows Fall "Redemption" (track from Threads of Life) Nominated
2009 Metallica "My Apocalypse" (track from Death Magnetic) Won
2009 DragonForce "Heroes of Our Time" (track from Ultra Beatdown) Nominated
2009 Judas Priest "Nostradamus" (track from Nostradamus) Nominated
2009 Ministry "Under My Thumb" (track from Cover Up) Nominated
2009 Slipknot "Psychosocial" (track from All Hope Is Gone) Nominated
2010 Judas Priest "Dissident Aggressor" (track from A Touch of Evil: Live) TBA
2010 Lamb of God "Set to Fail" (track from Wrath) TBA
2010 Megadeth "Head Crusher" (track from Endgame) TBA
2010 Ministry "Señor Peligro" (track from Adios... Puta Madres) TBA
2010 Slayer "Hate Worldwide" (track from World Painted Blood) TBA


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