In a few hours, music’s biggest night (their words, not ours) will occur as the 56th Annual Grammy Awards will take place. And like previous years, by the time the televised event starts, the bulk of the other awards have already been handed out. Metal is no exception, and this year’s winner for best metal performance is Black Sabbath for “God is Dead?” We can’t say it’s that much of a surprise, given that it’s the first Ozzy album in years, and the band essentially invented heavy metal. Also, it was the most conservative pick out of the five, and if we know one thing about the voting committee, they don’t step outside of their comfort zone for genres they’re not comfortable with.
And while we now know who’s proudly following in the footsteps of Jethro Tull, Paramore and others, the ceremony itself still promises to be an interesting one. Amid the pop superstars will be Metallica performing “One” on the Grammys for the first time since they lost to the aforementioned Tull, this time with pianist Lang Lang in tow, and the show will close with what’s being called a “rousing” production number featuring Queens of the Stone Age, Nine Inch Nails, Dave Grohl and Lindsay Buckingham.