It’s Time to Pretend Like the GRAMMYs Care about Metal as Nominees Are Announced


Another year, another instance of feigning interest in the GRAMMY Awards now that the nominees have been announced.

This year’s award ceremony will be held on February 5, 2023 at the Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles and marks its 65th year in existence. Yet in all that time, not once has it ever shown any real reverence for the hard work and dedication it takes to be a successful metal artist. I mean, this is the same award show that let Jethro Tull win the first metal GRAMMY over Metallica.

Still, we have to at least pretend like there’s some shred of hope that someone reasonable will win something worthwhile, even though our category isn’t even shown on the main broadcast. This year’s nominees include Ozzy Osbourne, as well as Ghost, Megadeth, and Muse – you know, because Muse are metal.

And while this is mostly a symbolic gesture at this point since the GRAMMYs can’t even be bothered, it’s at least worthwhile to offer our congratulations to all of the nominees except Machine Gun Kelly. That dude’s a joke.

Best Rock Performance

  • “So Happy It Hurts” – Bryan Adams
  • “Old Man” – Beck
  • “Wild Child” – The Black Keys
  • “Broken Horses” – Brandi Carlile
  • “Crawl!” – Idles
  • “Patient Number 9” – Ozzy Osbourne feat. Jeff Beck
  • “Holiday” – Turnstile

Best Metal Performance

  • “Call Me Little Sunshine” – Ghost
  • “We’ll Be Back” – Megadeth
  • “Kill or Be Killed” – Muse
  • “Degradation Rules” – Ozzy Osbourne feat. Tony Iommi
  • “Blackout” – Turnstile

Best Rock Song

  • “Black Summer” – Flea, John Frusciante, Anthony Kiedis and Chad Smith, songwriters (Red Hot Chili Peppers)
  • “Blackout” – Brady Ebert, Daniel Fang, Franz Lyons, Pat McCrory and Brendan Yates, songwriters (Turnstile)
  • “Broken Horses” – Brandi Carlile, Phil Hanseroth and Tim Hanseroth, songwriters (Brandi Carlile)
  • “Harmonia’s Dream” – Robbie Bennett and Adam Granduciel, songwriters (The War on Drugs)
  • “Patient Number 9” – John Osbourne, Chad Smith, Ali Tamposi, Robert Trujillo and Andrew Wotman, songwriters (Ozzy Osbourne featuring Jeff Beck)

Best Rock Album

  • Dropout BoogieThe Black Keys
  • The Boy Named IfElvis Costello & the Imposters
  • CrawlerIdles
  • Mainstream SelloutMachine Gun Kelly
  • Patient Number 9Ozzy Osbourne
  • Lucifer on the SofaSpoon
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