Rock and Metal 2021 Grammy Winners: Body Count, Fiona Apple and More


Body Count press photo, featuring Ice T (vocals), Ernie C. (guitar/backing vocals), Juan Garcia (guitar/backing vocals), Vincent Price (bass/backing vocals), Ill Will (drums) and Sean E. Sean (samples/backing vocals).

Body Count – Story by Anne Erickson, courtesy photo via Century Media

The 63rd rock and metal Grammy Award winners feature a mix of veterans and newer names

The 63rd annual Grammy Awards happen tonight (March 14). Per usual, many of the categories were relegated to a special Grammy pre-show instead of the televised evening event, including the rock, metal and alternative music categories.

For the first time ever, the full rock category at the 2021 Grammy Awards was packed with women. The Best Rock Performance nominees included Fiona Apple, Big Thief, Phoebe Bridgers, Grace Potter, Haim and Brittany Howard. Best Rock Performance ultimately went to Fiona Apple for “Shameika,” the first single from her new album, “Fetch the Bolt Cutters.” Apple also scored Best Alternative Album for “Fetch The Bolt Cutters.”

Brittany Howard took home the awards for Best Rock Song for her solo single, “Stay High.” Best Rock Album honors went to The Strokes for their latest studio release, “The New Abnormal.”

Best Metal Performance nominees featured a range of heavy-hitters, including Ice-T’s Body Count, Code Orange, In This Moment, Poppy and Power Trip. Body Count took home the honor, winning for “Bum-Rush” off their 2020 album, “Carnivore.”

Other early wins went to Billie Eilish and FINNEAS for Best Song Written for Visual Media for “No Time to Die,” which was recorded for the James Bond movie of the same name. Beck’s latest album, “Hyperspace,” won Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical. Andrew Watt scored Producer of the Year, Non-Classical, for his work on several albums, including his work on Ozzy Osbourne’s “Ordinary Man.” Michigan’s Billy Strings took home the Grammy in Best Bluegrass Album for his latest release, “Home,” co-produced by Glenn Brown.

View winners in the rock, metal and alternative music categories below, and view the full roster of Grammy winners here.

Best Rock Performance:

Fiona Apple, “Shameika” – WINNER
Big Thief, “Not”
Phoebe Bridgers, “Kyoto”
Haim, “The Steps”
Brittany Howard, “Stay High”
Grace Potter, “Daylight”

Best Metal Performance:

Body Count, “Bum-Rush” – WINNER
Code Orange, “Underneath”
In This Moment, “The In-Between”
Poppy, “Bloodmoney”
Power Trip, “Executioner’s Tax (Swing of the Axe) (Live)

Best Rock Song:

“Kyoto,” Phoebe Bridgers
“Lost in Yesterday,” Tame Impala
“Not,” Big Thief
“Shameika,” Fiona Apple
“Stay High,” Brittany Howard – WINNER

Best Rock Album:

A Hero’s Death, Fontaines D.C.
Kiwanuka, Michael Kiwanuka
Daylight, Grace Potter
Sound & Fury, Sturgill Simpson
The New Abnormal, The Strokes – WINNER

Best Alternative Music Album:

Fiona Apple, Fetch the Bolt Cutters – WINNER
Beck, Hyperspace
Phoebe Bridgers
Brittany Howard, Jaime
Tame Impala, The Slow Rush

Best Bluegrass Album:

Man on Fire, Danny Barnes
To Live in Two Worlds, Vol. 1, Thomm Jutz
North Carolina Songbook, Steep Canyon Rangers
Home, Billy Strings – WINNER
The John Hartford Fiddle Tune Project, Vol. 1, Various Artists

Producer of the Year:

Jack Antonoff
Dan Auerbach
Dave Cobb
Flying Lotus
Andrew Watt – WINNER

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