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Metal Bands Lose Out To Halestorm At The 55th Annual Grammy Awards

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It probably shouldn't come as much of a surprise that metal isn't well represented in the annual Grammy awards, with possibly our most noticeable wins coming from Slayer in 2007 and 2008.

This year wasn't an exception, and unfortunately there isn't much wiggle room for actual metal acts to win when hard rock and heavy metal are lumped into a single category.

None of our "Best of 2012" winners here at Metalunderground.com made the nominations, and fully heavy bands only managed to get into the "Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance" category at the Grammy's this year. The nominees were:

"Love Bites (So Do I)" – Halestorm
"I'm Alive" – Anthrax
"Blood Brothers" (live) – Iron Maiden
"Ghost Walking" – Lamb of God
"No Reflection" – Marilyn Manson
"Whose Life (Is It Anyways?)" – Megadeth

In a move that will likely leave metal fans scratching their heads, but will please fans of the mainstream, Halestorm took home the win for "Love Bites (So Do I)." Footage of the event and Halestorm's acceptance of the Grammy can be viewed below, courtesy of Artisan News Service.

In other news of interest to hard rock and metal lovers, Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails snagged a Grammy win for "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" soundtrack in the category of "Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media," along with a related win for "Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package" for the same soundtrack.

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Cynic's avatar

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1. Cynic writes:

Lol, what a joke. One category for all of metal and hard rock? They should just pull the metal bands altogether if they're not going to try.

I mean - it's not even Halestorm winning, because their song actually was a catchy track that I can see judges picking over some Iron Maiden live song. It's just that if the nominees are based on sales then hard rock will always dominate the category.

# Feb 15, 2013 @ 3:46 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. Deathblooms writes:

Who gives a sh**, its not like the rest of the list really represents the "best metal performance" anyway. They take the most recognizable names and throw them up there to say that they did something.

# Feb 15, 2013 @ 3:48 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. Diamond Oz writes:

If I could nominate a song in hard rock and metal, I'd give the Grammy to "Untouchable Pt. 1" by Anathema. That's a song and a band that deserve a prestigious award... so that's the Grammys knackered.

# Feb 15, 2013 @ 4:21 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. hellrat writes:

Utterly useless award in the context of metal music....typically clueless nominations

"Blood Brothers"??? Megadump?? Anthrax? pfft...come on now

total frikken junkshow

NP---Back to Macon---Jamey J

# Feb 15, 2013 @ 4:54 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. BrianMN writes:

The grammys are a joke and always have been. What do you see?
Best rap artist.
Best rap album.
Best rap song.....etc...etc...etc...
Same with r&b and country.
Identical to American radio...it's all what the record companies WANT you to listen to.
Sorry but when the award for best vocal goes to someone who's auto tuned. Half that award should go to the computer. There's just no credibility....never was.
Perhaps Oz and Cynic can enlighten me but I've heard non American radio is much more open to metal. In MN, I think we still have 93x....last time I listened was five years ago and they were still playing the same crap from a decade ago. Godsmack, Crue, Black album Metallica...etc...
Oh and Hale...WHO???

# Feb 15, 2013 @ 6:56 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. travis redfish jr writes:

no surprise here, and the golden god awards lets face it aint that much of an upgrade from the grammys or the american music awards.
award shows aren 't suppose to be attended or recognized by non mainstream bands anyhow.
halestorm got crap for winning this from the metal community but it's not like it's there fault.
dunno why lamb of god attended the grammys this year, thought that was pretty stupid, there's lots to do in LA, and they attend the f@cking grammys?
man/metalcard revoaked.

# Feb 15, 2013 @ 9:00 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. heavy1 writes:

Not quite Metallica losing to Jethro Tull but still...

# Feb 16, 2013 @ 2:19 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. Logically speaking writes:

The Grammys are bought. Period. This is not an insult, it's a fact. It should come as news to no one. Why the hell people even pay attention to a bunch of elites scratching each other's back is beyond me. Events like the Grammys justify the downfall of the entire recording industry.

# Feb 17, 2013 @ 11:06 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. rutz writes:

i think if dave didn't make so many stupid comments it would have been megadeths award. if only as a lifetime achievment nod. 13 wasn't as strong as endgame

# Feb 17, 2013 @ 11:57 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. brandedcfh420 writes:

well the grammys are for pathetic trendy dipsh!t sheeple anyways so why let it bother you?!?!

# Feb 18, 2013 @ 7:44 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. RememberMetal? writes:

The Grammys would only be useful if they actually brought some curious music lovers to the metal fold... But from the beginning, this notion has been a joke. With the reputation of the Grammy Awards being what it is, I can't imagine any performer with actual qualifications wanting this kind of recognition.

Pertaining to the last line: I don't know how much metal influences Trent Reznor at this juncture but at least someone with some skill and refined taste won something. The man is a great song writer, multi-instrumentalist and lyricist (the "With Teeth" album is exempt from that statement). But for every deserving artist you get hoards of winners whose entire career is based on hooks and big, frequent choruses.

Mediocrity and accessibility before innovation and quality.

# Feb 18, 2013 @ 7:48 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. york writes:

Saw this in the paper last week here in york, pa. So they're local and other bands used to ask them to open for them. While not my cup of tea, gotta hand it to a PA rock band that "made it."

# Feb 18, 2013 @ 7:52 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. brandedcfh420 writes:

#12: they absolutely suck and we dont have to hand anything to them for "making it", or in other words, "make crappy music for dipsh1t sheeple to think is great music"....

# Feb 18, 2013 @ 8:12 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. sigh writes:

Way to jump on the hate bandwagon. Goddamn. You have an obvious and deep-seeded hatred for them, but really. Really. They've got national recognition, like them or not, and have achieved something that neither you nor I have. Give them that and let them have their 15 without pissing all over their parade.

# Feb 19, 2013 @ 7:46 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. brandedcfh420 writes:

::Unzips pants......pisses on their parade..............::

# Feb 19, 2013 @ 8:51 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
RememberMetal?'s avatar

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16. RememberMetal? writes:

branded has a deep seeded hatred for most things... That's his contribution to most of the discussions around here. The same way my contribution tends toward long winded, self-important, self-appointed expertise.

# Feb 19, 2013 @ 9:13 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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17. brandedcfh420 writes:

hahahahaha.....i just think their music sucks. Ive listened to it and find it to be garbage. yes they are getting paid, but that doesnt mean they are awesome kick a$$ musicians.

# Feb 19, 2013 @ 10:53 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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18. hellrat writes:

I have nothing against the 'winning' band, whatever the hell theyre called...never heard of em, and am not in any hurry to listen

My point of contention lies with the incredibly misappropriated and fvcking CLUELESS 'inclusion' of metal music in this politically arbitrary, pop-culture, hollywood fvcking puppet show

see the difference? ;)

NP---Demon of the Fall live

# Feb 19, 2013 @ 6:40 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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19. Cynic writes:

@Brian - honestly, it's been so long I've listened to anything but this one obscure student radio station that I couldn't tell you.

Metal isn't big here, and metalheads are largely stereotyped as what New Zealanders call bogans.

# Feb 20, 2013 @ 2:25 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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20. zarathustra_999 writes:

Glad to see the grammies have never changed. Comes as no surprise to me.

# Feb 21, 2013 @ 5:31 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
BrianMN's avatar

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21. BrianMN writes:

@Cynic...I had to google bogans....not very nice.
I think the majority of metal heads are much smarter than the average citizen.
We're much more inclined to be free thinkers and free of the "herd" mentality for starters...

# Feb 21, 2013 @ 8:42 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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22. Blindgreed1 writes:

@ Brian: Agreed, we're the sophisiticated well spoken pillars of the community. ;-)


#14 takes uncut hairy chorizo to the jaw. XD

# Feb 27, 2013 @ 1:36 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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23. EsotericSurgery writes:

LOL BG :) Sophisticated like whoa.

# Feb 27, 2013 @ 2:54 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
BrianMN's avatar

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24. BrianMN writes:

^^^LOL. :D

# Feb 27, 2013 @ 3:20 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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25. Mr. Melvins writes:

Rap=
Best Rap Artist
Best Rap Song
Best Rap Album
Best Rap Performance
Best Rap Fart

Metal=
Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance

It's like rich vs. poor. The famous win by default. As soon as anyone else enters, it just becomes a self-running joke. Somewhat sad, but I can live with it.

# Mar 2, 2013 @ 6:48 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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26. Overlord writes:

You don't have to call them freaks, that's mean.

# Mar 2, 2013 @ 10:42 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address

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