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AC/DC are a hard rock band formed in Sydney, Australia in 1973 by brothers Angus and Malcolm Young. Although the band are considered pioneers of heavy metal, its members have always classified their music as "rock 'n' roll". AC/DC underwent several line-up changes before releasing their first album, High Voltage, in 1975. Membership remained stable until bassist Cliff Williams replaced Mark Evans in 1977. In 1979, the band recorded their highly successful album Highway to Hell. Lead singer and co-songwriter Bon Scott died on 19 February 1980, after a night of heavy alcohol consumption. The group briefly considered disbanding, but soon ex-Geordie singer Brian Johnson was selected as Scott's replacement. Later that year, the band released their best-selling album, Back in Black. The band's next album, For Those About to Rock We Salute You, was also highly successful and was their first album to reach number one in the United States. AC/DC declined in popularity soon after the departure of drummer Phil Rudd in 1983. Poor record sales continued until the release of The Razors Edge in 1990. Phil Rudd returned in 1994 and contributed to the band's 1995 album Ballbreaker. Stiff Upper Lip was released in 2000 and was well received by critics. The band's new album Black Ice was announced in June 2008 and was released on October 20, 2008. The album's first single, "Rock 'N Roll Train", earned AC/DC a Grammy nomination for Best Rock Group or Duo with Vocals. Another Black Ice track, "War Machine," gained AC/DC their first Grammy Award win, for Best Hard Rock Performance.

From 1982 to 1991, AC/DC have received several nominations from awards ceremonies for their music. The American Music Awards nominated the band for Favorite Pop/Rock Band/Duo/Group. The group received several nominations from the Grammy Awards, including Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance for "Blow Up Your Video" in 1989, and Best Hard Rock Performance for three songs in different years: "The Razors Edge" in 1991, "Moneytalks" in 1992, and "Highway To Hell" in 1994. The band also received the nomination for Best Heavy Metal/Hard Rock Video for "Thunderstruck" in 1991 from the MTV Video Music Awards.

In 2009 AC/DC received four nominations for their 2008 album Black Ice in the ARIA Music Awards which included Best Rock Album, Highest Selling Album, Best Group and Best Album. They won the awards for Best Rock Album and Highest Selling Album. Overall, AC/DC have received thirteen nominations and have won three awards.

 

Awards and Nominations
Award Wins   Nominations

American Music Awards

   0     1

APRA Awards

   6     8

ARIA Music Awards

   4     6

Grammy Awards

   1     7

MTV Video Music Awards

   0     1

Rock on Request Awards

   1     1
Totals
Awards won 12
Nominations 24

 

American Music Awards

The American Music Awards is an annual awards ceremony created by Dick Clark in 1973. AC/DC have received one nomination.

Year   Recipient    Award    Result
1982    AC/DC    Favorite Pop/Rock Band/Duo/Group    Nominated

APRA Awards

The APRA Awards are awarded annually to Australasian artists by the Australasian Performing Right Association.

Year   Recipient  Award Result
1995   "Big Gun" – Angus Young, Malcolm Young  Most Played Australian Work  Overseas  Won
2001   "It's a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock 'n' Roll)" – Bon Scott, Angus Young,  Malcolm Young  Ten Best Australian Songs  Ninth
2006   "Highway to Hell" – Bon Scott, Angus Young, Malcolm Young  Most Played Australian Work  Overseas  Nominated
2007    "Highway to Hell" – Bon Scott, Angus Young, Malcolm Young  Most Played Australian Work  Overseas  Nominated
2009   "Highway to Hell" – Bon Scott, Angus Young, Malcolm Young  Most Played Australian Work  Overseas  Won
2010   "Rock 'n' Roll Train" – Angus Young, Malcolm Young  Most Played Australian Work  Overseas  Won
   Angus Young, Malcolm Young  Songwriters of the Year  Won
2011   "Highway to Hell" – Bon Scott, Angus Young, Malcolm Young  Most Played Australian Work  Overseas  Won

ARIA Music Awards

The ARIA Music Awards are awarded annually to Australian artists by the Australian Recording Industry Association since 1987. They were inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1988 alongside their producers Vanda & Young. AC/DC have won four awards from seven nominations.

Year  Recipient   Award   Result
1988   AC/DC   ARIA Hall of Fame   Inducted
2009   Black Ice   Album of the Year   Nominated
2009   AC/DC   Best Group   Nominated
2009   Black Ice   Best Rock Album   Won
2009   Black Ice   Highest Selling Album   Won
2011   Live At River Plate   Best Music DVD   Won
2015   Rock or Bust   Best Group   Nominated

Grammy Awards

The Grammy Awards are awarded annually by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States. AC/DC have won one award from seven nominations.

Year   Recipient   Award   Result
1989    Blow Up Your Video   Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance   Nominated
1991    The Razors Edge   Best Hard Rock Performance   Nominated
1992    "Moneytalks"   Best Hard Rock Performance   Nominated
1994    "Highway to Hell"   Best Hard Rock Performance   Nominated
2009    "Rock N Roll Train"   Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals   Nominated
2010    "War Machine"   Best Hard Rock Performance   Won
   Black Ice   Best Rock Album   Nominated

MTV Video Music Awards

The MTV Video Music Awards is an annual awards ceremony established in 1984 by MTV. AC/DC have received one nomination.

Year    Recipient   Award   Result
1991    "Thunderstruck"   Best Heavy Metal/Hard Rock Video   Nominated

Rock on Request Awards

The Rock on Request Awards are hosted annually by the music webzine Rock on Request. AC/DC have received one award.

Year   Recipient   Award   Result
2008    AC/DC   Best Reunion   Won
 

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