METAL AND HARD ROCK GRAMMY FOLDED INTO ONE CATEGORY
In a press release, The Recording Academy — a.k.a. “The Dicks Behind the Grammy Awards” — announced that they are streamlining their meaningless awards, reducing the number of categories in 2012 from 109 to 78. One of the casualties of this change is the Best Metal Performance Grammy, which will now be folded into the Best Hard Rock Performance category, which will heretofore be known as — you guessed it — the Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance.
This doesn’t really mean jack shit in the larger scheme of things, but it is just one more way in which The Recording Academy has disrespected metal. It also means it will now be even harder for the oh-so-few metal bands who did get recognized by the Academy to do so; said Academy is run by old white dudes who don’t know Metallica from Jethro Tull, and they consequently tend to gravitate towards higher-selling “name” acts. So if you think that, say, Lamb of God or Machine Head have any chance of competing with Alice in Chains and Them Crooked Vultures, well, you’re in for a sad surprise.
But, like I said, the good news is that these awards are about as relevant as Pretty Boy Floyd’s music, so this is not really that big a deal. Still, feel free to vent in our comments section.
Thanks: Matt Mommaerts