In the midst of all these festival announcements, there’s been a little old thing called The Grammys taking place in the US of A. And unlike the rubbish mainstream music awards over here in Blighty, where heavy metal’s only nod comes from cursory nominations for Iron Maiden and AC/DC, the Americans aren’t ashamed to have awards for rock and heavy metal alongside all that pop music malarky.
Which is why it’s such a shame that they’ve balls’d it up so royally this year.
You only need to take a brief look at the nominations of all the ‘Rock’ categories to see there was a distinct lack of anything even approaching ‘Rock’ even in the running. ‘Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance’ – won by John Mayer for ‘Gravity’ – only had Eddie Vedder flying the flag from Rock, with the other competitors being Paul McCartney, Bruce Springstreen, and Neil Young. AC/DC’s rollicking good time song, ‘Rock N Roll Train’, lost out to Kings of Bloody Leon in ‘Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals.
The bedwetter generals, Coldplay, saw off Metallica’s Death Magnetic to win ‘Best Rock Album’ for their last drip-friendly record. Regardless to where you stand regarding the ‘Tallica’s latest, surely no-one thinks that BLOODY COLDPLAY rock harder than Hetfield and co? That said, there no full-on rock bands even made the final shortlist for ‘Best Rock Song’.
We can take some solace in that it’s not all bad – Metallica did win ‘Best Metal Performance’ for ‘My Apocalypse’, and The Mars Volta won ‘Best Hard Rock Performance’ with ‘Wax Simulacra’, thankfully keeping another award out of the hands of Disturbed. There’s always next year, eh lads?
Watch the promo video for ‘Wax Simulcra’ by The Mars Volta