OK, we promise that this is the last post we’ll be making about the Grammy Awards. We’ve wasted enough of the internet bitching about Tenacious D and the omission of Wayne Static and Dave Brockie. And that’s just this year. There’s almost always something to bitch about when it comes to metal. Since 1989, the first year the Grammys recognized Metal, the awards have been plagued with odd choices or downright travesties in choices. The NARAS members that vote on the Grammys are pretty much old white people, and giving people authority over a genre that many of them don’t know about will result in some confounding choices. With that in mind, here are five of the most confounding ones.
This is a specific complaint, and that’s why it’s the lowest-ranking. The Grammys appear to have been atoning for last year by having AC/DC open the ceremonies this year. They did the opposite for 2014’s broadcast, relegating Queens of the Stone Age and Nine Inch Nails (with Lindsay Buckingham) to the credit crawl, as they shoehorned in Nine Inch Nails’ “Copy of A” and QOTSA’s “My God is the Sun” to a medley. As if watching that over the credits crawl wasn’t bad enough, they cut out for a promotional announcement, then ended it early. The Grammys producer apologized, but it was another example of them pushing rock off to the side, which is the kind of thing that pisses off bands like Trapt.