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Black Sabbath Wins Grammy Award For "Best Metal Performance"

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Back in December the Grammy nominees for "best metal performance" were announced, and if you've forgotten the lineup was as follows:

"T.N.T." - Anthrax
"God Is Dead?" - Black Sabbath
"The Enemy Inside" - Dream Theater
"In Due Time" - Killswitch Engage
"Room 24" - Volbeat Featuring King Diamond

While many put their money down on Volbeat, it turns out Black Sabbath actually took home the win for "God Is Dead?"

The track was also nominated for "best rock song" and the new album "13" (reviewed here) was up for "best rock album," although Sabbath didn't actually snag a win in either of those categories. Here were the nominations for best rock song and best rock album:

BEST SONG

"Ain't Messin' 'Round" -- Gary Clark Jr.
"Cut Me Some Slack" -- Paul McCartney, Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic, Pat Smear (Winner)
"Doom and Gloom" -- The Rolling Stones
"God Is Dead?" -- Black Sabbath
"Panic Station" -- Muse

BEST ALBUM

Black Sabbath -- "13"
David Bowie -- "The Next Day"
Kings of Leon -- "Mechanical Bull"
Led Zeppelin -- "Celebration Day" (Winner)
Queens of the Stone Age -- "... Like Clockwork"
Neil Young with Crazy Horse -- "Psychedelic Pill"

Metallica also performed during the awards ceremony, playing the track "One" alongside pianist Lang Lang. Footage of the event can be seen below.

And if you'd like to see metal awards that actually mean something, check out our annual year-end awards for 2013 at this location.

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1. Diamond Oz writes:

The real shock is that that Paul McCartney song won anything. It was dreadful.

# Jan 27, 2014 @ 6:34 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. spiral_architect writes:

THE GRAMMYS DON'T ACCOUNT FOR MUCH, BUT I'M STILL HAPPY SABBATH AND ZEPPELIN WON. IF THEY LOST, OF COURSE I'D BE CONDEMNING THE GRAMMYS ALL THE MORE.

@DIAMOND OZ - THE AGED MCCARTNEY SOUNDS LIKE TINY TIM TO ME. TIPTOOOOE THROOOOUGH THE TUUUUUULIPS!

NOW PLAYING - BEWARE OF DARKNESS "HOWL"

# Jan 27, 2014 @ 9:19 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. spiral_architect writes:

I WATCHED LARS ULRICH BEING INTERVIEWED IN A "RED CARPET" SEGMENT. HE WAS A CONDESCENDING TWIT WITH A TOOTHPICK IN HIS MOUTH WHO WENT OUT OF HIS WAY TO CORRECT THE INTERVIEWERS' PRONUNCIATION. LARS IS CLEARLY A ROCK GOD UNTO HIMSELF, A FAR CRY FROM METALLICA'S ORIGINAL "JEANS AND T-SHIRT" ATTITUDE. HE CASUALLY MENTIONED THAT HE WOULD BE WORKING ON A NEW ALBUM, WITH A SINGLE OUT LATER IN THE YEAR.

# Jan 27, 2014 @ 9:30 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. hellrat writes:

junk...entirely predictable prefabricated bullsh!te

Celebration day is pretty sweet though...jimmy's a little bit blown out on there, but it doesn't really matter, its still better that 90% of the crap out there anyway

and by the way Spiral, that greasy sh!t running off the back of the turd Danish shiny bulb and down his neck is just the residual of the shart toupee I sprayed on all over his dome the other day

ya know, just in case you were wondering bro ;)

NP---In My Time of Dying---the old farts and Boomer Bonham Jr.

# Jan 27, 2014 @ 11:18 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. Wanderer in the Outer Darkness writes:

To hell with being accepted by the establishment anyway. They don't have a punk rock award, so why should they do the same for metal? Especially if they could care less about the genre.

# Jan 28, 2014 @ 2:48 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. BrianMN writes:

I watched some of it just to see how big of a train wreck One would turn out to be.
I wasn’t disappointed.
Sludgy guitar tones.
James sounded like crap.
Lang Lang sounded like he was just playing a completely different song.

Then we have Hanneman getting snubbed during the memorial.
Trent Reznor getting cut off at the end.

Four rap awards.
Four R&B awards.
One metal award that isn’t even televised.

Reznor summed it up best…FVCK YOU!!!

Oh yeah, Sabbath won……never saw that coming.
I was amused that Cindy Lauper accepted for them LOL.

# Jan 28, 2014 @ 9:02 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. Drum_Junkie writes:

Congrats to Black Sabbath! Of the nominees, they were the most established band, as that seems to be the primary metric that the grammy's use to assign the awards. Regardless, it was still well deserved.

On the Metallica 'performance'. That was just horrible.
Hetfield's vocal improvisations were downright cringeworthy. Stop with the high notes. And Lars... poor Lars. It's called a metronome. buy one. NOW. And then there's the muddy guitar tones.
Maybe they should have called it Four Dinglalings with Lang Lang or a Pianist with Four Penes.

# Jan 28, 2014 @ 9:18 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. spiral_architect writes:

@HELLRAT: I NOTICED, BUT DIDN'T MAKE THE CONNECTION TO YOU.

# Jan 28, 2014 @ 9:30 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. BrianMN writes:

Is it just me or is Kirk starting to look just like the muppet Rowlf???
Lars…nice skullet.
Hetfield……plastic surgery anyone?
Parts of his face don’t move…
I just hope he doesn’t have the same surgeon as Kenny Rogers……..it looks like someone took a blowtorch to Roger’s face lol.

# Jan 28, 2014 @ 10:51 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. hellrat writes:

^the Gambler suffers from PBS...petrified botox syndrome

all three of them washed up hacks look like fvcking sh!t...like I said, a fvcking bad cartoon

hell, the turd Danish looks like a f***ing hipster Gargamel

ah well, maybe they'll die soon :)

NP---Breadfan---BUDGIE (amusingly ironic that the shartards covered this at one point)

# Jan 28, 2014 @ 11:07 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. spiral_architect writes:

WHO IS PSYCHED FOR THE NEW METALLICA AND LANG LANG COLLABORATION ALBUM? THIS WOULD BE A GREAT APRIL FOOLS JOKE, IF IT WASN'T SO CLOSE TO BEING PLAUSIBLE.

# Jan 28, 2014 @ 12:31 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. Valentine_no_more writes:

Yeah Pop culture doesn't seem to understand that Volbeat is not metal. They have a metal song and it's not even the nominated song. They might as well put Breaking Benjamin on the nominees. F**king people.

# Feb 10, 2014 @ 8:39 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. Valentine_no_more writes:

Black Sabbath is the best though.

# Feb 10, 2014 @ 8:40 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address

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