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List of awards and nominations received by Guns N’ Roses


Guns N’ Roses is an American rock band that formed in Los Angeles, California in 1985. The band is led by frontman and co-founder Axl Rose, and also includes Dizzy Reed (keyboards), Robin Finck (guitars), Tommy Stinson (bass), Chris Pitman (keyboards), Richard Fortus (rhythm guitars), Bryan Mantia (drummer), Bumblefoot (guitars), and Frank Ferrer (drums).  Guns N’ Roses has released six studio albums, all on the Geffen Records record label: Appetite for Destruction (1987), G N’ R Lies (1988), Use Your Illusion I (1991), Use Your Illusion II (1991), “The Spaghetti Incident?” (1993), and Chinese Democracy (2008).  Guns N’ Roses has sold more than 40 million albums in the United States.

The American Music Awards has given the band four awards, including Favorite Pop/Rock Single for “Sweet Child O’ Mine” in 1989, both Favorite Heavy Metal/Hard Rock Artist and Favorite Heavy Metal/Hard Rock Album for Appetite For Destruction in 1990, and Favorite Heavy Metal/Hard Rock Artist again in 1992. Guns N’ Roses has received three nominations from the Grammy Awards but has yet to win one. They were nominated for Best Hard Rock Performance three times, in 1990, 1992, and 1993. Overall, Guns N’ Roses has received 10 awards from 21 nominations.

American Music Awards

The American Music Awards is an annual awards ceremony created by Dick Clark in 1973. Guns N’ Roses has received four awards from eight nominations

Year Nominated work Award Result
1989 “Sweet Child O’ Mine” Favorite Pop/Rock Single Won
Guns N’ Roses Favorite Heavy Metal/Hard Rock Artist Nominated
Appetite for Destruction Favorite Heavy Metal/Hard Rock Album Nominated
1990 Guns N’ Roses Favorite Heavy Metal/Hard Rock Artist Won
Appetite for Destruction Favorite Heavy Metal/Hard Rock Album Won
1992 Guns N’ Roses Favorite Heavy Metal/Hard Rock Artist Won
Favorite Pop/Rock Band/Duo/Group Nominated
Use Your Illusion I Favorite Heavy Metal/Hard Rock Album Nominate

Grammy Awards

The Grammy Awards are awarded annually by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States. Guns N’ Roses has received three nominations.’

Year Nominated work Award Result
1990 G N’ R Lies Best Hard Rock Performance Nominated
1992 Use Your Illusion I Best Hard Rock Performance Nominated
1993 “Live and Let Die” Best Hard Rock Performance Nominated

MTV Video Music Awards

The MTV Video Music Awards is an annual awards ceremony established in 1984 by MTV. Guns N’ Roses has received four awards from eight nominations.

Year Nominated work Award Result
1988 “Welcome to the Jungle” Best New Artist Won
1989 “Sweet Child O’ Mine” Best Heavy Metal Video Won
Best Group Video Nominated
1991 “You Could Be Mine” Best Heavy Metal/Hard Rock Video Nominated
Best Video from a Film Nominated
1992 Guns N’ Roses Video Vanguard Award Won
“November Rain” Best Cinematography Won
Best Art Direction Nominated

World Music Awards

The World Music Awards honors recording artists based on worldwide sales figures provided by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry. Guns N’ Roses has received two awards.

Year Nominated work Award Result
1993 Guns N’ Roses World’s Best-Selling Hard Rock Artist of the Year Won
World’s Best-Selling Hard Rock Artist of the Year Won
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