Sum 41’s Best Hard Rock / Metal Nomination + Other Bizarre Grammy Moments
“And the winner is … Jethro Tull.” Those were the now infamous words read by Alice Cooper after opening the white envelope at the 1989 Grammys. After Jethro Tull beat Metallica for Best Hard Rock / Metal Performance, the Grammys retained a stigma for being out of touch with heavy rock music. Last night, the nominees were read for the Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance category, including Dream Theater, Megadeth, Mastodon, Foo Fighters and … Sum 41?!
As we kept hitting “refresh” on our browsers last night to learn the nominees for Best Hard Rock / Metal Performance, we were shocked to find Sum 41’s ‘Blood in My Eyes’ as one of the nominees. The nomination seemed strangely out of place, surrounded by bands that have shaped 2011’s rock and metal landscape in such detail.
Along with the infamous Jethro Tull win, the Grammys have thrown a few curveballs in their time, allowing audiences to question the validity of music’s biggest night. In 1993, Nirvana‘s monster single ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ was up for ‘Best Rock Song.’ There’s no way anyone could beat them, right? The song that legitimately changed the world? And the winner is… ‘Layla’ by Eric Clapton! Yes, the ‘Layla’ first released in 1970. Not only did Nirvana lose – they lost to an acoustic version of a 23-year-old song.
The ‘Best Contemporary Rock and Roll Recording’ category in 1967 was filled with some seriously heavy hitters – ‘Good Vibrations’ by the Beach Boys, ‘Monday Monday’ by the Mamas and the Papas and ‘Eleanor Rigby’ by the Beatles, to name a few. During one of music’s greatest eras, one of these bands should have surely taken home the Grammy. And the winner is… ‘Winchester Cathedral’ by the New Vaudeville Band! Are you kidding me?!
Bringing it back to 2011, does Sum 41 really deserve this nomination? We’re not saying that Sum 41 is a bad band — they were one of the biggest pop-punk draws of the 2000s and they’ve certainly made their contributions… but it’s not 2001 anymore. What about Anthrax or Machine Head? They both released incredible albums in 2011.
The winner of the Best Hard Rock / Metal Performance trophy will be announced on Feb. 12, 2012, during the 54th annual Grammy Awards. Should Sum 41 have been nominated for this particular Grammy Award? Let us know who you think has earned the award in the comments section below!