Grammy Award Committee Takes Large Step To Phase Out Metal Recognition

In an effort to reduce the massive amount of awards dished out every year when honoring music, the Recording Academy have decided to take one more step in phasing out that evil Metal by lumping it into the rock category.

“Every year, we diligently examine our Awards structure to develop an overall guiding vision and ensure that it remains a balanced and viable process," said Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow.

In 2012, we may not see the end of the world, but we are one step closer to seeing the end of mainstream recognition for the Metal genre of music. Starting at next year’s 54th Annual Academy Awards, there will no longer be a best ‘Metal’ performance, but a new category called ‘Best Metal/Hard Rock Performance’


You can check out the updated chart and see the reduction and combinations made to the ‘Rock’ category field with this year on the left and next year’s on the right.

There were 109 categories and winners at this year’s 53rd Annual Academy Awards. Next year there will only be 78, which is a significant drop. It also appears that voters will be able to vote in 20 ‘genre’ categories as opposed to this year’s nine. Every voting member is allowed to vote in the general categories and still will be able to, so now with the expansion on allowable votes, perhaps awards will have a broader spectrum of opinion in regards to who takes the statuette home.


Here are the nominees and winners from this year’s Grammys for the two no longer existing categories. Next year they will be combined and in the process drastically reduce the chances for a Metal act to win an award at all considering the more mainstream success of acts that are nominated for ‘Hard Rock’ performances.

Best Hard Rock Performance:

New Fang - Them Crooked Vultures
A Looking In View - Alice In Chains
Let Me Hear You Scream - Ozzy Osbourne
Black Rain - Soundgarden
Between The Lines - Stone Temple Pilots

Best Metal Performance:

El Dorado - Iron Maiden
Let The Guilt Go - Korn
In Your Words - Lamb Of God
Sudden Death - Megadeth
World Painted Blood - Slayer


The Steele

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no big surprise, metal has never gotten the respect it deserves.


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I'm 100% fine with this. They get it completely wrong in the metal category every year. Ozzy Osbourne's Let Me Hear You Scream was not even close to being one of the best rock songs of the year. It was a dumb, repetitive and boring song but Ozzy is nominated almost every time he releases a record. Just look at who was nominated for metal. Iron Maiden, Korn, Megadeth, Slayer, Lamb Of God. Same old, same old. With the exception of LOG, that could have been the nominee list from 16 years ago. World Painted Blood was by far the best of that group, but nowhere near being the best metal record of the year. The Grammys are a joke, and the rock and metal categories have always shown they have absolutely no clue. Dillinger Escape Plan, Rosetta, Intronaut, Mouth Of The Architect and The Chariot had the best heavy albums of the year. Not Iron Maiden.

Keven  |  Senior Editor

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yup. i have to agree with you there sir.