Pearl Jam’s Grammy History
For all the critical and commercial success they've achieved over the years, Pearl Jam have not fared so well at the Grammy Awards.
As of 2020, they've received 18 nominations – both as a band and for solo projects – but come home with only three statues. In the gallery below, we're looking at their nearly 30-year history with the Grammys.
Their first two albums, Ten and Vs., garnered five nominations. Pearl Jam didn't win, however, until 1995, when the Vitalogy single "Spin the Black Circle" took home the statue for Best Hard Rock Performance. Eddie Vedder's acceptance speech reflected their overall reticence towards the idea of being rock superstars.
"I don't know what this means," he said. "I don't think it means anything. That's just how I feel. There's too many bands, and you've heard it all before. My dad would've liked it; my dad died before I got to know him. He would've liked it, so that's why I'm here. Thanks, I guess."
Since then, most Pearl Jam albums – with the exception of No Code, Riot Act and Pearl Jam – have picked up at least one nomination. Vedder's two solo projects, the soundtrack to Into the Wild and Ukulele Songs, have also been short-listed. But on only one occasion have they not walked home empty-handed, and it wasn't even for their music.
The artwork for 2013's Lightning Bolt won Best Recording Package. The award was given to the artists behind its striking black, red and white graphic, one of whom was Jeff Ament. The bassist won a second time -- along with his brother Barry, Joe Spix and Jeff Fura -- in the same category for a box set devoted to his late friend Chris Cornell of Soundgarden.
Cornell's widow Vicky tweeted, "Congratulations Jeff & Barry Ament, thank you for this amazing work of art, your dedication & love for Chris. Thank you @UMG & everyone who helped create such a beautiful work of art, in loving memory of Chris. He would be so proud."
Guitarist Mike McCready was honored by the Recording Academy in 2018 with the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award for his work with MusiCares, the foundation to provide financial and medical assistance to those in the music industry. McCready was singled out for his work with those with substance-abuse issues.