The Grammys Must Hate Heavy Metal
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.
instagram.com/officialsabbath Black Sabbath before winning its Grammy this past Sunday.
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.