I offer to you today a mini-rant about the Grammy awards. I have to admit that I am not a fan of the Grammy’s in any way shape or fashion. Their selections in the Hard Rock/Metal categories have been way off, and almost an after thought in the years that have passed. When I saw this year’s nominees, I wondered who the knucklehead was that came up with these choices.
The Nominees for Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance are:
Dream Theater – On the Backs of Angels
Foo Fighters – Wasting Light
Mastodon – Curl of the Burl
Megadeth – Public Enemy No. 1
Sum 41 – Screaming Bloody Murder
I have no problem with any of the bands on this list, but lets face it, Sum 41 and Foo Fighters are NOT hard rock bands, and should not be considered as such. Yes, they are good bands, but they should not be in this category at all.
Dream Theater, Mastodon, and Megadeth all turned in good albums in 2011, and Mastodon may be the most deserving of the five bands on this list.
Anthrax turned in one of the best albums of their career and didn’t get a nomination? COME ON! Mr. Big is very deserving of a nomination with the incredible reunion record What If…. The young thrash band Havok turned in a blistering effort with their sophomore release Time is Up. Five Finger Death Punch and Anvil turned in solid efforts as well.
The Grammy’s should have a poll where fans can vote on the nominees, instead of having some stuffed shirt music executive that has no passion about the music, handle the choices.
The nominations should be broken into two categories for Hard Rock & Metal, but the Grammy’s do not give the music that we love any respect. Until they do, I won’t waste my time watching their farce of a music award show.