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2014 Grammy Nominees: Why Metal Will Make A Strong Showing

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The Grammys has never been known for supporting heavy metal. Heavy bands show up and it's like a burnout kid crashing his parents' fancy dinner party. Even when Halestorm won Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance for their song "Love Bites (And So Do I)" at the 2013 Grammys, Lzzy Hale told me that she felt like the band was the awkward red-headed step child the entire night.

Hell, the metal category isn't even a part of the televised ceremony. Regardless of that, the nominees for the the 2014 Grammy Awards have been announced, and rock and metal have a surprisingly solid presence.

Black Sabbath is nominated in both the "Best Metal Performance" and "Best Rock Song" category for their single "God Is Dead?," and the Grammys tradition of nominating a cover song is rounded out with Anthrax's cover of AC/DC's "TNT" also up for "Best Metal Performance."

Here are all the metal/rock-related categories:

Best Metal Performance:

Anthrax - "T.N.T." (AC/DC cover) Black Sabbath - "God Is Dead?" Dream Theater - "The Enemy Inside" Killswitch Engage - "In Due Time" Volbeat - "Room 24" (feat. King Diamond)

Best Rock Performance:

Alabama Shakes - "Always Alright" David Bowie - "The Stars (Are Out Tonight)" Imagine Dragons - "Radioactive" Led Zeppelin - "Kashmir" (live from "Celebration Day") Queens Of The Stone Age - "My God Is The Sun" Jack White - "I'm Shakin'"

Best Rock Song:

Gary Clark Jr. - "Ain't Messin 'Round" Dave Grohl, Paul McCartney, Krist Novoselic & Pat Smear - "Cut Me Some Slack" Rolling Stones - "Doom And Gloom" Black Sabbath - "God Is Dead?" Muse - "Panic Station"

Best Rock Album:

Black Sabbath - "13" David Bowie - "The Next Day" Kings Of Leon - "Mechanical Bull" Led Zeppelin - "Celebration Day" Queens Of The Stone Age - "...Like Clockwork" Neil Young With Crazy Hose - "Psychedelic Pill"

Best Alternative Music Album:

Neko Case - "The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You" The National - "Trouble Will Find Me" Nine Inch Nails - "Hesitation Marks" Tame Impala - "Lonerism" Vampire Weekend - "Modern Vampires Of The City"

Best Recording Package:

Geneseo - "Automatic Music Can Be Fun" Reckless Kelly - "Long Night Moon" Jay-Z - "Magna Carta...Holy Grail" Metallica - "Through The Never (Music From The Motion Picture)" David Bowie - "The Next Day"

Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical:

Pistol Annies - "Annie Up" Madeleine Peyroux - "The Blue Room" Alice In Chains - "The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here" Queens Of The Stone Age - "...Like Clockwork" Andrew Duhon - "The Moorings" Daft Punk - "Random Access Memories"

The Grammys will be held on January 26, 2014 at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

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