Generic selectors
Exact matches only
Search in title
Search in content
Post Type Selectors

The 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards: Rock Winners

January 27, 2014

IMG_7347OK…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!  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 Dragons’ “Radioactive”.  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.  Is this rock?  Is it rap?  Is it electronic?  It’s becoming harder to tell.  But I can tell you that when they performed this at the telecast last night with Kendrick Lamar, they brought the house down.

IMG_7276The Best Metal Performance went to Black Sabbath’s “God Is Dead?”.  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.  Geezer, Iommi, and Ozzy presented at the telecast.

The Best Rock Song winner was “Cut Me Some Slack” from the Sound City Players Dave Grohl, Paul McCartney, Krist Novoselic, and Pat Smear.  This was also my pick to win; watching the Nirvana remnants walk onstage to accept with a Beatle was exhilarating.

Clip of the Sound City Players accepting

The Best Rock Album winner was Led Zeppelin’s Celebration Day, which was also my pick.  This live recording from their sole reunion concert proved that, like Sabbath, the band still has it.  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!


  1. Was there a pit we couldn’t see on TV, or did they let you roam around the periphery of the stage – front and back? And yes, this year’s telecast reached out to a bunch of genres and artists long neglected by NARAS – not only metal, but outlaw country and Krautrock (lifetime achievement for Kraftwerk? unbelievable!). And can you believe that the RECORD INDUSTRY admitted that the Best New Artist DID NOT NEED A RECORD LABEL? They would have called that heresy just a few years ago.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Related Posts

Must-Visit Music Destinations

GRAMMY.com has a piece up that I wrote regarding my years of music-focused travel. Since it had to be edited…

July 25, 2014

Discovery Channel: GRAMMY Connect @ YouTube Space LA, 1/22/14

The GRAMMY week staple, Social Media Rock Stars Summit, was morphed into a new event this year deemed GRAMMY Connect.…

January 23, 2014

Rockin’ In the Free World: 7th Annual Producers and Engineers Wing Event honoring Neil Young @ Village Studios, 1/21/14

My music education growing up was nearly non-existent.  A little Willie, a little Waylon, and a whole lot of western…

January 22, 2014

It’s GRAMMY Week!

It’s that time of year again! This will be my fifth time attending GRAMMY week as their Rock Community Blogger.…

January 20, 2014

Top 5 Most Iconic GRAMMY Moments in Rock

1. The first GRAMMY for Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance was given in 1988…and Jethro Tull won for “Crest of a…

January 14, 2014
< 1

Rock of Ages: 2013 in Rock Music

“If life is but a dream, then wake me up.” Like the song “Keep Your Eyes Peeled”, from Queens of…

December 20, 2013

The 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards: Rock Nominations

I have never lost my appetite for new music as I’ve gotten older; my tastes may have sharpened, altered, and…

December 7, 2013

You Have Killed Me: Morrissey, Patti Smith @ Staples, 3/1/13

I wrote about this show for GRAMMY.com. My focus for the year in terms of live music is new stuff…

March 2, 2013
< 1

Jubilee Street: Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds @ The Fonda Theater, 2/21/13

My piece about the show for GRAMMY.com I went to 5 shows in a row this week- something that I…

February 23, 2013

Lonely Girl: My Week at the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards

This year marked my fourth year covering GRAMMY week as part of the Recording Academy’s Community Blogger program. With last…

February 13, 2013