The Grammys Must Hate Heavy Metal

Categories: Grammys, Metal!

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Black Sabbath before winning its Grammy this past Sunday.
So, I know that as soon as the Grammys are over, there is typically an onslaught of heavy metal music journalists complaining about how the awards don't respect the genre. We all know this, in fact. The heavy metal category hasn't even been televised in more than a decade.

While I originally was going to focus on the most metal moments at NAMM this past weekend (stay tuned for that), I decided to jumped on the annual Grammys-bashing bandwagon.

That's because the problem with this year's Grammys is that there was some blatant, and I mean blatant disregard for metal. The members of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences that decide the winners each year didn't just ignore the genre; every aspect of heavy metal was patronized.

Before you decide that you've hit your 15-second limit on this blog, let me clarify: heavy metal could care less if the Grammys stopped treating them like a red-headed stepchild. It's about the fact that metal musicians have influenced a vast array of the very people who are worshipped at the awards ceremony -- yet those figures aren't shown a lick of respect.

One of those figures includes the sex goddess and one of the best-selling female recording artists of all time: Madonna.

I don't think there's anything shocking about the fact that Madonna digs heavy metal. For God's sake, she's worked with Prong guitarist Monte Pittman for more than 10 years as a studio and touring guitarist, and even used him as a guitar coach. And before her Sticky & Sweet world tour in 2008, Madonna's tour manager wanted her to play her popular song "Hung Up" in D minor.



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Brian Watson
Brian Watson

Miley Cyrus tried to kill the metal, she was destroyed!! Taylor Swift tried to kill the metal but she was struck down in one blow! Bieber tried to dethrone the metal, but he was smite to the ground! Grammys try to snub the metal, but the metal was much too strong to care.

Rusted Halo
Rusted Halo

Probably because metal fans don't give a crap about Granny awards. Only people that are still into this are teeny boppers and old country/soft rock fans.

Don Burt
Don Burt

Heavy metal music is an oxymoron.

Kenny Benally
Kenny Benally

Agreed! Someone needs to write to them and make a big stink about it. I DVR'd the Grammy's to watch the NIN, QOTSA, Dave Grohl performance and they cut it off halfway through the performance. I was like WTF!! There are a lot of talented Rock and Metal bands out there that deserve recognition at the Grammy's. Not to mention the snub they gave to the late Jeff Hanneman when they did the 'In Memoriam' segment. That was pretty fucked up too.

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