Presenting The 65th Annual Grammy Nominations For Rock and Metal

The Grammy Awards nominations were revealed earlier today and while this is an extremely lengthy list we are only going to laud the noms for the Rock, Metal and Alternative categories here on the website. A full rundown will be on “The Chronicles of Piercing Ken” website after some considerable editing. When we look at this in Word its more than thirty pages but I digress, here now are the nominations of the categories we focus on at the PiercingMetal Media Command HQ.

** Rock **

Best Rock Performance (For new vocal or instrumental solo, duo/group or collaborative rock recordings).
“So Happy It Hurts” by Bryan Adams
“Old Man” by Beck
“Wild Child” by The Black Keys
“Broken Horses” by Brandi Carlile
“Crawl!” by Idles
“Patient Number 9” by Ozzy Osbourne Featuring Jeff Beck
“Holiday” by Turnstile

Best Metal Performance (For new vocal or instrumental solo, duo/group or collaborative metal recordings).
“Call Me Little Sunshine” by Ghost
“We’ll Be Back” by Megadeth
“Kill Or Be Killed” by Muse
“Degradation Rules” by Ozzy Osbourne Featuring Tony Iommi
“Blackout” by Turnstile

Best Rock Song (A Songwriter(s) Award. Includes Rock, Hard Rock and Metal songs. A song is eligible if it was first released or if it first achieved prominence during the Eligibility Year. (Artist names appear in parentheses.) Singles or Tracks only).
“Black Summer” by Flea, John Frusciante, Anthony Kiedis & Chad Smith, songwriters (Red Hot Chili Peppers)
“Blackout” by Brady Ebert, Daniel Fang, Franz Lyons, Pat McCrory & Brendan Yates, songwriters (Turnstile)
“Broken Horses” by Brandi Carlile, Phil Hanseroth & Tim Hanseroth, songwriters (Brandi Carlile)
“Harmonia’s Dream” by Robbie Bennett & Adam Granduciel, songwriters (The War On Drugs)
“Patient Number 9” by John Osbourne, Chad Smith, Ali Tamposi, Robert Trujillo & Andrew Wotman, songwriters (Ozzy Osbourne Featuring Jeff Beck)

Best Rock Album (For albums containing greater than 50% playing time of new rock, hard rock or metal recordings).
“Dropout Boogie” by The Black Keys
“The Boy Named” If by Elvis Costello & The Imposters
“Crawler” by Idles
“Mainstream Sellout” by Machine Gun Kelly
“Patient Number 9” by Ozzy Osbourne
“Lucifer On The Sofa” by Spoon

** Alternative **

Best Alternative Music Performance (For new vocal or instrumental solo, duo/group or collaborative Alternative music recordings).
“There’d Better Be A Mirrorball” by Arctic Monkeys
“Certainty” by Big Thief
“King” by Florence + The Machine
“Chaise Longue” by Wet Leg
“Spitting Off The Edge Of The World” by Yeah Yeah Yeahs Featuring Perfume Genius

Best Alternative Music Album (Vocal or Instrumental).
“WE” – Arcade Fire
“Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe In You” – Big Thief
“Fossora” by Björk
“Wet Leg” by Wet Leg
“Cool It Down” by Yeah Yeah Yeahs

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PiercingMetal Thoughts: As this is always something popular to discuss on the website I’ll add my views on the artists that I hope win with each category. For “Best Rock Performance” I am going with Ozzy Osbourne and Turnstiles for a close second. The “Best Metal Performance” was tricky for me since I really enjoy all of the artists but think that Ozzy with his legendary guitarist from Black Sabbath is as Metal as it gets. If that doesn’t win the Grammy I’d like to see this go to Ghost or Megadeth. I’ll give the “Best Rock Album” to Ozzy because its solid but with Machine Gun Kelly also in the running he might walk away with it. Say what you will on my leaning Ozzy with this summary but I am also giving him the “Best Rock Song” because it also features the legendary Jeff Beck. Now truth be told I am not as up on the Alternative side of the fence these days but feel that that “Best Alternative Performance” will go to Florence and The Machine since she has just come off a blockbuster and sold out tour. I think Bjork deserves the “Best Alternative Music Album” because she is as alternative as it gets but maybe Arcade Fire will walk home with this one. What do you readers think about this brief section of the Grammy Awards nominations? You can chime in down below with your own picks as I’d like to hear them. That’s all I’ve got for now so I will see you next time. Stay safe out there.


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