The 56th Grammy Award ceremony took place last night in Los Angeles. Although the majority of the awards were pop focused, as expected, the Rock and Metal world was represented in the prizes and performances.
It wouldn’t be The Grammys without a bit of controversy, and this time there was a lot of discontent over the time – or lack of it – given to showcasing the range of rock talent on offer.
Metallica’s performance with classical pianist Lang Lang was every bit as dramatic and striking as expected as the track ‘One’ was given a complete makeover.
There was also an all-star collaboration between Nine Inch Nails, Queens of the Stone Age, Lindsay Buckingham and Dave Grohl to close out the show, however viewers watching on TV didn’t get to see this treat as footage was cut of the closing performance seconds after starting ‘My God is The Sun’.
Sabbath won Best Metal Performance but they didn’t make the recording either as they were presented with their award behind the scenes in the pre-ceremony, and even then Cindi Lauper accepted the award as Ozzy and Co were otherwise engaged in preparing to present an item on the main show
Sabbath’s triumph with the track from their album ’13’ was up against Anthrax’s ‘T.N.T.,’ Dream Theater’s ‘The Enemy Inside,’ Killswitch Engage’s ‘In Due Time’ and Volbeat’s ‘Room 24 with special guest King Diamond in their category.
In the Soundtrack category Dave Grohl’s ‘Sound City: Real to Reel’ won the Best Compilation Soundtrack for the piece which included contributions from members of Foo Fighters, Slipknot’s Corey Taylor, Rage Against the Machine’s Brad Wilk, Queens of the Stone Age’s Joshua Homme, Paul McCartney, Nirvana’s Krist Novoselic and Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor among others.
A second Grammy for Grohl came with Best Rock Song for ‘Cut Me Some Slack’, which was accepted with collaborators Paul McCartney, Krist Novoselic, and Pat Smear., which is also from the above album.
Led Zeppelin won Best Rock Album with ‘Celebration Day’ and Imagine Dragons took Best Rock Performance for ‘Radioactive’.
Further controversy occurred when both Slayer’s Jeff Hanneman and Iron Maiden’s Clive Burr failed to get a mention in the In Memoriam segment.