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2016 Grammy Awards: Rock and Metal Winners

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For those wondering about the rock and metal winners for the 2016 Grammy Awards, those honors have all been dished out.

The fun began during the Grammy pre-telecast, where metal fans patiently waited a few hours to learn that Ghost would be the winner of the Best Metal Performance category for their song “Cirice.” They, along with fellow nominees Sevendust, Lamb of God and August Burns Red, were in attendance, and Ghost made an impression with the audience as they were decked out in their full costumes. Papa Emeritus III told the crowd, “You know a nightmare has turned into a dream,” upon accepting the honor before directing the audience members to go party.

Also during the pre-telecast, Muse‘s Drones was named Best Rock Album, while Alabama Shakes took home the Best Rock Song for “Don’t Wanna Fight.” During the main show, Alabama Shakes also won for Best Rock Performance for “Don’t Wanna Fight.”

While Highly Suspect did not win in the Best Rock Album or Best Rock Song categories in which they were nominated, Johnny Stevens and the band did leave their mark on the pre-telecast crowd. The band delivered a blistering performance of their Grammy-nominated single “Lydia” much to the enthusiastic delight of the crowd.

Another act who walked away empty handed were Foo Fighters, who were up for Best Rock Performance for “Something for Nothing” and Best Music Film for Sonic Highways. But you could make a case for Dave Grohl “winning” Grammy weekend with a buzzed about performance at the MusiCares Person of the Year ceremony honoring Lionel Richie and appearing with his Nirvana bandmates and Beck playing a David Bowie classic at Clive Davis’ annual pre-Grammy party.

Past winners Slipknot¬†also failed to score a Grammy, not that it mattered to Corey Taylor, who recently stated that he felt the Grammys were a popularity contest and that he didn’t have time for it. Slipknot did not attend and lost out on both the Best Metal Performance and Best Rock Album categories. See the full list of rock and metal winners below.

2016 Grammy Rock + Metal Winners

Best Metal Performance

August Burns Red, “Identity”
Ghost, “Cirice” (Winner)
Lamb of God, “512”
Sevendust, “Thank You”
Slipknot, “Custer”

Best Rock Performance

Alabama Shakes, “Don’t Wanna Fight” (Winner)
Florence + the Machine, “What Kind of Man”
Foo Fighters, “Something From Nothing”
Elle King, “Ex’s and Oh’s”
Wolf Alice, “Moaning Lisa Smile”

Best Rock Song

Alabama Shakes, “Don’t Wanna Fight” (Winner)
Elle King, “Ex’s and Oh’s”
James Bay, “Hold Back the River”
Highly Suspect, “Lydia”
Florence + the Machine, “What Kind of Man

Best Rock Album

James Bay, Chaos and the Chain
Death Cab for Cutie, Kintsugi
Highly Suspect, Mister Asylum
Muse, Drones (Winner)
Slipknot, .5: The Gray Chapter

See a Photo Gallery Featuring Rock + Metal Favorites at the 2016 Grammy Awards

Ghost Win 2016 Best Metal Performance Grammy

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