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Awards and nominations Nirvana


The band received several awards and nominations in their debut year in 1992, including nominations for Favorite New Heavy Metal/Hard Rock Artist from the American Music Awards, Best Alternative Music Performance for Nevermind from the Grammy Awards, and Video of the Year and Viewer’s Choice for “Smells Like Teen Spirit” from the MTV Video Music Awards. They received the Best Alternative Video award for “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and Best New Artist from the MTV Video Music Awards in the same year. The song “Smells Like Teen Spirit” was also nominated for Best Rock Song at the 1993 Grammy Awards, but it lost to “Layla” by Eric Clapton. Clapton’s win over Nirvana would later be named one of the “10 biggest upsets” in Grammy history by Entertainment Weekly. After receiving five nominations from the Grammy Awards without winning any of them, the band finally received the Best Alternative Music Performance award for MTV Unplugged in New York in 1996. Overall, Nirvana has received nine awards from twenty-one nominations.

American Music Awards

The American Music Awards is an annual awards ceremony created by Dick Clark in 1973.

Year Nominated work Award Result
1992 Nirvana Favorite New Heavy Metal/Hard Rock Artist Nominated
1995 Nirvana Favorite Heavy Metal/Hard Rock Artist Won

BRIT Awards

The BRIT Awards are the British Phonographic Industry’s annual pop music awards

Year Nominated work Award Result
1993 Nirvana Best International Newcomer Won

Grammy Awards

The Grammy Awards are awarded annually by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States.

year Nominated work Award Result
1992 Nevermind Best Alternative Music Performance Nominated
1993 “Smells Like Teen Spirit” Best Rock Song Nominated
1994 In Utero Best Alternative Music Performance Nominated
1995 “All Apologies” Best Rock Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group Nominated
Best Rock Song Nominated
1996 MTV Unplugged in New York Best Alternative Music Performance Won

MTV Video Music Awards

The MTV Video Music Awards is an annual awards ceremony established in 1984 by MTV. Nirvana has received five awards from ten nominations

Year Nominated work Award Result
1992 “Smells Like Teen Spirit” Best Alternative Video Won
Video of the Year Nominated
Viewer’s Choice Nominated
Nirvana Best New Artist Won
1993 “In Bloom” Best Alternative Video Won
1994 “Heart-Shaped Box” Best Alternative Video Won
Best Art Direction Won
Video of the Year Nominated
Best Cinematography Nominated
Viewer’s Choice Nominated

NME Awards

Founded by the British music magazine NME, the NME Awards are awarded annually.

Year Nominated work Award Result
2005 With the Lights Out Best Music DVD Nominated
2008 MTV Unplugged in New York Best Music DVD Won
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