The Grammys matter slightly more than the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but as far as self-congratulatory wankfests, it’s still something where metal at least gets mentioned. And now that they’ve broken out “Best Metal Performance” as its own category, there are actually five bands that can be considered metal nominated. And best of all, no comedy duos are nominated this year! Here are the nominees:
August Burns Red, “Identity”
Lamb of God “512”
Sevendust, “Thank You”
Some thoughts here: I’m not sure if Sevendust has ever been nominated for a Grammy before, so there’s something to be said about hanging in there. It’s also pretty surprising that August Burns Red have made it into the nominees list. Lamb of God and Slipknot are both solid nominees, and “Custer” is one of the heavier songs to be nominated, even though .5: The Gray Chapter was released last year. The album was also nominated for Best Rock Album. cool to see Ghost nominated, and will be even funner if they show up for the Grammys. It’s also surprising that Slayer and Iron Maiden weren’t nominated, given that they’re both heritage metal artists that released albums this year.
The Grammys will take place on February 15th, and the Best Metal PerformanceGrammy will likely be given away before the broadcast.