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Metal In The Mainstream



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The GRAMMY Awards will be held on February 5, 2023 at the Arena in Los Angeles, CA and as usual the rock and metal categories are just kinda confusing. Highlights this year include Ozzy Osbourne inexplicably being nominated in both the rock and metal categories for songs from the same album, Turnstile and Muse apparently having some of the best metal songs of 2022, and Machine Gun Kelly taking up space in the Best Rock Album category.

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I mean, what else did you expect? None of this is shocking. Though still, congratulations to everyone nominated – it's not your fault that the GRAMMYs has such an insanely narrow view of the rock and metal genres.

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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