2014 Grammy Nominees: Why Metal Will Make A Strong Showing

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Black Sabbath's return earned a number of 2014 Grammy nominations.
The Grammys has never been known for supporting heavy metal. Heavy bands show up and it's like a burnout kid crashing his parents' fancy dinner party. Even when Halestorm won Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance for their song "Love Bites (And So Do I)" at the 2013 Grammys, Lzzy Hale told me that she felt like the band was the awkward red-headed step child the entire night.

Hell, the metal category isn't even a part of the televised ceremony. Regardless of that, the nominees for the the 2014 Grammy Awards have been announced, and rock and metal have a surprisingly solid presence.

Black Sabbath is nominated in both the "Best Metal Performance" and "Best Rock Song" category for their single "God Is Dead?," and the Grammys tradition of nominating a cover song is rounded out with Anthrax's cover of AC/DC's "TNT" also up for "Best Metal Performance."

Here are all the metal/rock-related categories:

Best Metal Performance:
Anthrax - "T.N.T." (AC/DC cover)
Black Sabbath - "God Is Dead?"
Dream Theater - "The Enemy Inside"
Killswitch Engage - "In Due Time"
Volbeat - "Room 24" (feat. King Diamond)

Best Rock Performance:
Alabama Shakes - "Always Alright"
David Bowie - "The Stars (Are Out Tonight)"
Imagine Dragons - "Radioactive"
Led Zeppelin - "Kashmir" (live from "Celebration Day")
Queens Of The Stone Age - "My God Is The Sun"
Jack White - "I'm Shakin'"

Best Rock Song:
Gary Clark Jr. - "Ain't Messin 'Round"
Dave Grohl, Paul McCartney, Krist Novoselic & Pat Smear - "Cut Me Some Slack"
Rolling Stones - "Doom And Gloom"
Black Sabbath - "God Is Dead?"
Muse - "Panic Station"

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