Presenting the 2012 Hard Rock/Metal Grammy Nominees
Metal world collectively facepalms...again
It’s not as if the metal world needs validation from the suits at the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, but it’s still fun to go over the metal Grammy nominees to either a) see what choices they might have gotten right, and more often than not b) have a good chuckle out of the absurdity of the choices.
This year’s batch, announced last night, falls mostly in the latter category. In an effort to streamline things the metal and hard rock categories have been combined into the Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance, and as a result you’ve got as strange a batch of nominees as we’ve seen in a long while. You’ve got a song from a tedious album by metal’s most tedious band. There’s a song by a very likeable, not to mention awesome drummer who’s spent 2011 pulling the cooleststuntsimaginable, conveniently distracting everyone from the fact that the original songs by band he sings and plays guitar in are average at best. There’s a song by a venerable thrash metal musician that sees him on total auto-pilot. There’s a song by a kiddie punk-pop band few of us even knew was still around. And then there’s Mastodon, who if there’s any sense among voters, should win this thing, hands-down. But as we all know, weirder things have happened.
Here’s a handy YouTube run-down of said nominees. Enjoy…or in the cases of the first four songs, endure:
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