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    Briana Breeze
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    For all of the rock fans out there, this category was first introduced at the Grammys in 1980. Donna Summer was the first winner of this category with her song “Hot Stuff” and Pink was the last winner of this category in 2004 for her song “Trouble”.

    In 1988, 1992 and 1994, this category was under “Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance”. Who are you personal winners in this category?

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    Dan Jo
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    I’m not a fan of rock music but there are notable rock recordings of female artist that weren’t nominated in this category.

    Fighter – Christina Aguilera

    Behind These Hazel Eyes – Kelly Clarkson

    Mel C – Goin’ Down

    Whitney Houston – Queen of the Night (I thought it’s a pop/rock than pop/r&b) and should have submitted.

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    Pat Benatar deserved all her rewards. The Queen of Rock!

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    Honey, “Fighter” by Christina Aguilera definitely deserved a Best Female Rock Vocal Performance nomination.

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    Better Be Good To Me by Tina Turner is one of my favorite wins in this category

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    Janet deserved to win for “Black Cat”

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    Some of my all-time favorite songs have won this award, such as “Better Be Good to Me” (Tina Turner), “Shadows of the Night” (Pat Benatar), and “Uninvited” (Alanis Morissette).

    I also must admit that I was happy that P!nk’s “Trouble” won this award. It’s not necessarily the best song in her discography, but that album (Try This!) was unfairly overlooked in the charts. So, it was nice to see it get some recognition at the Grammys.

    I don’t think there are any wins I outright disagree with, but there are a few nominees that I wouldn’t have minded to see win instead: “Invincible” and “All Fired Up” (Pat Benatar), “Here She Comes” (Bonnie Tyler), “Mother Mother” (Tracy Bonham), and “So Pure” (Alanis Morissette). Sinéad’s The Lion and the Cobra would’ve been a fine winner, too.

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    I recall a string of amazing Rock Female Vocal Performance winners in the 90s: “Come to My Window,” “You Oughta Know,” “If It Makes You Happy,” “Criminal,” “Uninvited,” etc. Another winner that decade who isn’t talked about nearly enough as an all-timer: Alannah Myles’s classic “Black Velvet.” This was a great defunct Grammy category. The Rock Male Vocal Performance category didn’t fare quite as well with its winners. One notable trend: a consecutive four-peat winning streak for rock god Lenny Kravitz. He knocked out some heavy competition in those years, BTW.

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    Honey, my favorite Best Female Rock Vocal Performance winners:

    All of Tina Turner’s wins
    Melissa Etheridge, “Come to My Window”
    Alanis Morissette, “You Oughta Know”
    P!nk, “Trouble”
    Donna Summer, “Hot Stuff”

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    Wendy O Williams, Lita Ford and Stevie Nicks should have won.

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    Briana Breeze
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    Glad to see the responses so far. The 90’s had such great winners in this category, “Come to My Window”, “You Oughta Know”, “If It Makes You Happy” and my favorite winner of all time in this category, “Criminal.” Also, the competition in those days was huge that in some of those years, it would be hard to pick a winner since all the nominees were great.

    Here are some of my personal favorites:

    1990: Janet Jackson-“Black Cat” (“Black Velvet” was a great winner)
    1994: Liz Phair-“Supernova”
    1995: PJ Harvey-“Down by the Water” (“You Oughta Know” is a great winner)
    1996: Joan Osborne-“Spider Web” (another strong year where I liked all the nominees, “If It Makes You Happy” was a great winner)
    1997: Fiona Apple-“Criminal” (best song nominated, favorite winner)
    1998: Tori Amos-“Raspberry Swirl” (again such a strong year)
    1999: Sarah McLachlan-“Possession”
    2000: Fiona Apple-“Paper Bag” (would have made a great winner, Crow’s studio version of “There Goes the Neighborhood” would have been a fine winner a couple of years before)
    2001: PJ Harvey-“This is Love”

    Honorable Mentions: All of Tina Turner’s and Pat Benatar’s wins, Donna Summer (first winner) and Pink (last winner of this category)

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    1989 ROCK FEMALE
    Tina Turner Tina Live in Europe (album) – WINNER

    Pat Benatar – “All Fired Up”
    Toni Childs – “Don’t Walk Away”
    Melissa Etheridge – “Bring Me Some Water”
    Sinéad O’Connor – The Lion and the Cobra

    I wish Rock Album existed because Tina could have been nominated there and possibly won. This is a good album. I do love All Fired by Pat Benatar, but Toni Child’s Don’t Walk Away stays with me and she performed it at the Grammy show.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FMupxcZDRzA

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    Janet deserved to win for “Black Cat”

    Honey, “Black Cat” was totally robbed.

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    I hate Black Cat. It came off as fake to me. Her trying to follow Michael’s footsteps basically.

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    I hate Black Cat. It came off as fake to me. Her trying to follow Michael’s footsteps basically.

    I don’t hate it, but I’m kinda glad to see that I’m not the only one who isn’t super impressed with this song. It’s on so many people’s lists of top Janet songs!

    But compared to her other Rhythm Nation singles (esp. “Miss You Much” and “Love Will Never Do (Without You)”), it just feels a bit lackluster to me. En Vogue did the rock crossover much, much better with “Free Your Mind,” IMO.

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