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56th Grammy’s Follow-Up


I guess it’s no surprise that Black Sabbath won.  It’s also no surprise, from what I read, that the metal category was not aired on TV.  It’s really a shame that metal just can’t seem to get any kind of real public recognition in America.  At the end of the day it really doesn’t matter, I suppose.  Europeans embrace the genre much more openly than America. Perhaps, that was one of the many reasons I really enjoyed living in England for a while.

According to our humble poll, those who voted thought Black Sabbath would or should win.  Dream Theater came in a close second, with Killswitch Engage and Volbeat evenly rounding out the rest of the votes.  Anthrax got no love.  One thing the poll doesn’t illustrate is whether or not you thought Black Sabbath “should” have won or you just thought they would.

I haven’t listened to the new Black Sabbath album much, but from what I read it was pretty well received.  Personally, based on the rest of the bands, once again it boiled down to popularity in my opinion.  Not that Black Sabbath doesn’t deserve to be awarded for their contributions to metal, but if any of those other bands had been given the award, I think (mostly) only metalheads would have known who they were.  So, imagine what the voting committee thinks?   I don’t think one needs to be a rocket scientist to know who Black Sabbath.  In hindsight it is kind of funny that the guy who bit the head off a dove won a Grammy.  There you have it.  At least the Grammy’s selected all metal bands unlike last year where Halestorm really just didn’t fit in with the rest of the pedigree.

Congrats Black Sabbath.

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Monday Metal Madness – Grammy Awards


Last week’s “To The Oscars” poll was won by Alternate Reality for their video The King That Never Was.  Great job and thank you for taking the time to vote.  They pulled in 83% of the votes.

Grammy Season is coming. Whether you like the biased (did I just say that?) award shows or not, it’s nice to see at least some metal getting recognition they deserve. A Metal State of Mind is generally concerned with the category for Best Hardrock/Metal Performance although we wish the best of luck to all nominees in their respective categories.

This poll is based on the bands nominated for their work in 2011. You can catch the Grammy’s this year on 12 Feb 2012.  Of the following, who do you think SHOULD win Best Hardrock/Metal Performance? Try not to go from the heart here, but if that’s the case, it’s a free country…vote how you please. Enjoy!

In other Grammy news, some rock/metal artists were nominated for the following categories (and we wish them luck):

Best Surround Sound album – Steven Wilson for Grace for Drowning

Best Recording Package – Chickenfoot for Chickenfoot III

Best Rock Album – Foo Fighters for Wasting Light

Best Rock Song – Foo Fighters for Walk

Best Rock Performance – Foo fighters for Walk

I have a feeling Foo Fighters is going to walk away with at least one award. Good luck to them.