The Pazz & Jop 2013 Critic's Poll Is Out

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The results are in, and there are a few quirky choices among the bunch -- maybe even a snub or two. But regardless of who made the cut, you can be damn sure that much speculation and dissection will ensue.

So we're referring to the Oscar nominations, right? Nah. Actually, it's our sister publication the Village Voice's annual Pazz & Jop music critic's poll, which dropped today and heralded the choices of more than 450 scribes from around the nation, including a few of our own.

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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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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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