OK…before we even get to who won last night, I have to continue to express how exciting it was to have some hard rock/metal bands featured on the GRAMMY telecast this year! Â To see Metallica and Lang Lang with their pyro, and Nine Inch Nails and Queens of the Stone Age with Dave Grohl on drums and Lindsey Buckingham on guitar was a real treat for me this year.
The Best Rock Performance went to newcomer Imagine Dragonsâ€™ â€œRadioactiveâ€. Â The song caught fire this year, and while it’s hard for me to say that it is better than the company it was nominated in, it definitely represents a song that seems to defy genres. Â Is this rock? Â Is it rap? Â Is it electronic? Â It’s becoming harder to tell. Â But I can tell you that when they performed this at the telecast last night with Kendrick Lamar, they brought the house down.
The Best Metal Performance went to Black Sabbathâ€™s â€œGod Is Dead?â€. Â This was my pick to win, as the godfathers of heavy metal’s comeback album proved to show us that Black Sabbath isn’t dead. Â Geezer, Iommi, and Ozzy presented at the telecast.
The Best Rock Song winner was â€œCut Me Some Slackâ€ from the Sound City Players Dave Grohl, Paul McCartney, Krist Novoselic, and Pat Smear. Â This was also my pick to win; watching the Nirvana remnants walk onstage to accept with a Beatle was exhilarating.
The Best Rock Album winner wasÂ Led Zeppelinâ€™sÂ Celebration Day, which was also my pick. Â This live recording from their sole reunion concert proved that, like Sabbath, the band still has it. Â I kept my eyes peels for the Golden God and Zoso at the Pre-Telecast, but they were sadly not present to accept.
The Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media went to Sound City: Real to Reel soundtrack. Butch Vig was there to accept at the Pre-Telecast.
Until next year!