The 54th Annual Grammy Awards will be taking place in LA this Sunday, February 12. And without fail, The Grammys proved how ignorant they really are in regards to metal music once again when they announced the nominations for “Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance.” As it turns out, though, it’s not just metal that’s been screwed over by the Grammys.
Digital Music News had a little fun with Grammy.com’s “Past Winners” database and compiled a list of 54 incredibly influential artists that never won a Grammy. And the list is quite shocking. Major hard rock influences like Guns N’ Roses, KISS, Deep Purple, Motley Crue, and Rush are a few non-Grammy winners included on the list. As surprising as it may be to some to hear those snubs, we were more shocked to learn that bands like Led Zeppelin, Queen, The Who, Jimi Hendrix, The Grateful Dead, The Doors and even ZZ Top never picked up an award.
Granted, some of the bands listed have been inducted into the award show’s “Hall Of Fame.” However, it’s pretty alarming to us that at least half the 54 influential artists mentioned haven’t won a single Grammy award. Suddenly, the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame seems more accepting. You can check out all 54 artists who’ve been snubbed by the Grammys over at Digital Music News, while you can also do a little more research on past winners via the Grammy’s database.