The Grammys Must Hate Heavy 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.

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Why the Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Grammy Win Ain't No Thang

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Let's get one thing out of the way: Getting upset about absolutely anything to do with the Grammys is like finding yourself alarmed by the quality of the food at a Pizza Hut.

To expect an organization to do anything other than what it normally does, which is consistently miss the mark when determining the value of the releases in any given year -- like when Steely Dan's utterly superfluous Two Against Nature beat out Radiohead's career- and decade-defining Kid A -- well, that's madness.

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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.

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Grammy Awards 2013: Katy Clowns Bon Iver, Miguel Shows How It's Done, and Taylor Swift Disses Her Ex

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Miguel and Wiz Khalifa
The Grammys are a huge night for music fans. While we tend to shake our head and wonder how some of these artists won (ie. "Album of the Year"), it's entertaining to watch the live performances and keep fingers crossed for our favorite artists. fun. won big last night, sweeping up the "Song of the Year" award for "We Are Young" and beating out Frank Ocean for "Best New Artist."

This year's Grammy awards show was a little lacking in the scandal department, but we're still too mesmerized by Justin Timberlake to care. Check out our recap of the 2013 Grammy Awards after the jump.

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-fun.'s "We Are Young" Wins Grammy Award for "Song of the Year

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fun.'s "We Are Young" Wins Grammy Award for "Song of the Year

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UPDATE: The band also took home the award for "Best New Artist."

So maybe LL Cool J's joke about "always getting back together" following Taylor Swift's performance of "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" fell a little flat, and maybe the Gotye win for Best Alternative felt a little bummer-y, but it was hard not to feel a little Arizona pride when fun., fronted by local-boy-gone-to-NYC Nate Ruess, won Song of the Year for "We Are Young (featuring Janelle MonĂ¡e)," the band's monster single from 2012's Some Nights, at last night's 55th annual Grammy Awards.

Following a performance of "Carry On", the band took the stage to accept the award, brazenly. The trio beat out Ed Sheeran's "The A Team," Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe," Kelly Clarkson's "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)," and Miguel's "Adorn."

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