Grammy Nominating Committee Gets It Wrong Again

Slayer’s Tom Araya

Well, for the most part. I mean, Lamb of God’s “In Your Words” from Wrath is in the running for Best Heavy Metal Performance at the 2011 Grammys. Weird, seeing as Wrath will have been released two years ago by the time the Grammy Awards air in February. How the hell does that happen? Because it was re-released on the 2010 Hourglass box set. Go figure.

I have never understood the Grammy Award nominating process. I mean, it’s obvious the folks who help come up with the nominees know absolutely nothing about metal. Nothing! They go with the safe options: This year, Iron Maiden’s “El Dorado” (from The Final Frontier), Korn’s “Let the Guilt Go” (from Korn III: Remember Who You Are), Megadeth’s “Sudden Death” (which was written for a video game), and the title track from Slayer’s World Painted Blood.

Come on, man! Slayer’s record came out more than a year ago. What the fuck is wrong with the Grammy nominating committee? It’s as if these guys are all trapped in some bizarre void…some alternative realm where metal didn’t exist beyond 1999 or off of the face of the Billboard charts. I still can’t believe Ministry didn’t get their annual nod this year. Because for some reason, the last ten years or so, the committee has honored Ministry with a nod…at least it felt that way.

Yes, I’m aware that some legacy acts get consideration just because. But that doesn’t excuse the Grammys’ ignorance of the genre or its laziness. At this point, winning a Grammy in the metal category is certifiable proof your band isn’t metal anymore, if it ever was in the first place.

They also revealed the noms for the Best Hard Rock Performance category. They’ve picked Alice In Chains’ “A Looking In View,” Ozzy Osbourne’s “Let Me Hear You Scream,” Soundgarden’s “Black Rain” (a fucking demo track recorded more than 15 years ago), Stone Temple Pilots’ “Between The Lines” and — the one good nominee — Them Crooked Vultures’ “New Fang.”

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