2019 Grammys Lack Rock, Forget Vinnie Paul

Who took home the trophy and who left empty handed?

The 2019 Grammy Awards were a disappointment for rock music, which is no surprise, but it still hurts year after year when an entire genre of music is set to the side and ignored. Despite the lack of rock on the televised portion of the night, there were some awards handed out to rock acts earlier in the afternoon and several of the bands that were nominated were able to make it to the ceremony. I’ll stop complaining about the Academy for a minute and focus on the awards. Greta Van Fleet, unsurprisingly, took home Rock Album of the Year for their ep Through the Fires. That was the only category that they won and they were nominated for three rock awards and Best New Artist. Full rock noms are as follows:

Best Rock Performance
For new vocal or instrumental solo, duo/group or collaborative rock recordings.

  • FOUR OUT OF FIVE
    Arctic Monkeys
  • WHEN BAD DOES GOOD – WINNER
    Chris Cornell
  • MADE AN AMERICA
    THE FEVER 333
  • HIGHWAY TUNE
    Greta Van Fleet
  • UNCOMFORTABLE
    Halestorm

Best Metal Performance
For new vocal or instrumental solo, duo/group or collaborative metal recordings.

  • CONDEMNED TO THE GALLOWS
    Between The Buried And Me
  • HONEYCOMB
    Deafheaven
  • ELECTRIC MESSIAH – WINNER
    High On Fire
  • BETRAYER
    Trivium
  • ON MY TEETH
    Underoath

Best Rock Song
A Songwriter(s) Award. Includes Rock, Hard Rock and Metal songs. A song is eligible if it was first released or if it first achieved prominence during the Eligibility Year. (Artist names appear in parentheses.) Singles or Tracks only.

  • BLACK SMOKE RISING
    Jacob Thomas Kiszka, Joshua Michael Kiszka, Samuel Francis Kiszka & Daniel Robert Wagner, songwriters (Greta Van Fleet)
  • JUMPSUIT
    Tyler Joseph, songwriter (Twenty One Pilots)
  • MANTRA
    Jordan Fish, Matthew Kean, Lee Malia, Matthew Nicholls & Oliver Sykes, songwriters (Bring Me The Horizon)
  • MASSEDUCTION – WINNER
    Jack Antonoff & Annie Clark, songwriters (St. Vincent)
  • RATS
    Tom Dalgety & A Ghoul Writer, songwriters (Ghost)

Best Rock Album
For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new rock, hard rock or metal recordings.

  • RAINIER FOG
    Alice In Chains
  • M A N I A
    Fall Out Boy
  • PREQUELLE
    Ghost
  • FROM THE FIRES – WINNER
    Greta Van Fleet
  • PACIFIC DAYDREAM
    Weezer

Overall, not a bad year for the rock noms, but it didn’t go the way I thought it might go and there were some serious snubs. I expected Ghost to win AT LEAST one of the two nominations and was really disappointed with the outcome. I also would’ve given Best Metal Performance to Underoath. They killed it this year. I wasn’t the only radio personality furious with the Academy last night either. Check out some other opinions below:

I’m with Eddie. I actually enjoyed the Post Malone and red Hot Chili Peppers performance, but we’ve got a long way to go before the Academy gets it right.

Ethan.

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