Yes, it’s true: Halestorm should not have won a Grammy last night for “Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance.” Yes, metal and hard rock should once again be separated into two different awards categories, but the sad truth is no one outside the scene gives a fuck about metal.
Lamb of God, even just in terms of pure “rock”-ing, would blow Halestorm off that fucking stage. Should Lamb of God have won? That’s not the point. The point is anyone in this category could have won and it wouldn’t have been as insulting as the award going to Halestorm.
I remember being shocked years ago, when the Grammys awarded the Deftones with the best metal statuette. That was the last fucking time they got that shit right.
Should Lamb of God have won? Maybe, maybe not. Maybe Iron Maiden were finally due for some recognition? Anthrax would have been better than Halestorm, but that tune of theirs (released in 2011) should not have even been nominated.
Same for Megadeth, who released that track in 2011.
So, by default, either Lamb of God or Iron Maiden should have won. Even Marilyn Manson would have been preferred over Halestorm, although it would have been my last resort.
Last night, while getting it wrong on other fronts, the Grammys did nail it by bestowing Nine Inch Nails mastermind Trent Reznor and collaborator Atticus Ross with the award for “Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media.”
Trent and Atticus got the award for their work on David Fincher’s “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.”
The Grammys are useless, pointless, and totally irrelevant. If the Oscars, year in and year out, nominated utter shit from film for top honors, people would stop watching. The Oscars would cease to matter. So why do people still care about the Grammys?
They consistently fall short, both in nominations and eventual winners. It’s all based on album sales and chart positions. If the Oscars worked that way, “The Avengers” would have been nominated for “Best Picture.” And while that movie was kick ass, there’s a reason it wasn’t nominated for such an award…because the Oscars are based on artistic achievement.
The Grammys should take a cue from the Oscars and try to emulate that, by awarding actual achievement rather than bank account returns.
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