The 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards are just over a week away, and though I don’t have much to say on the Best Jazz Vocal Album or Best Gospel Song nominees, there’s a lot I can say about the other nominations that jump out at me. Classic rock and metal from the ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s is where most of my music tastes lie, and after looking at the list of the 2014 Grammy nominations, I’m thrilled.
Led Zeppelin’s Celebration Day is a concert movie that was filmed in 2007 in London’s 02 Arena. It was released in 2012 as a DVD with two soundtrack CDs, and I’m beyond thrilled at its two nominations: Best Rock Performance for “Kashmir” and Best Rock Album. I would love to see them take the award for Best Rock Album; they’re iconic. They’ve been around since ’68 and the fact that they’re getting nominations for Grammy Awards 46 years later is amazing. And let’s face it, “Stairway to Heaven” is one of the greatest rock songs of all time. They’re one of the greatest pioneers of the music genre and the Celebration Day rendition of “Kashmir” is extremely worthy of its nomination for Best Rock Performance. I’m rootin’ for Led Zeppelin, which is really saying something considering they’re up against Queens of the Stone Age for both nominations.
Black Sabbath’s new album 13 has earned them some nominations as well this year, including Best Rock Album, and Best Rock Song and Best Metal Performance for “God is Dead?” 13 is the first album released by Sabbath since Forbidden in 1995, and it’s also the first album with Ozzy since ’78 and bassist Geezer Butler since ’94. I was initially so excited to hear that not only a new Sabbath album was coming our way, it was also going to be with Ozzy Osbourne. But when I first heard “God is Dead?” I was surprisingly underwhelmed by Ozzy’s performance. He sounds bored and tired, like he isn’t into it at all. It’s nothing like his singing on Sabbath Bloody Sabbath, which is one of my all-time favourite albums. However his performance gets more powerful in other tracks, and the actual music itself is solid throughout. It’s very ’70s-era Sabbath, with classic trademark riffs and bass lines that made them the godfathers of metal. It’s a great album and I’m not surprised at all that they were nominated for it.
Joining Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin, Neil Young and David Bowie are also nominated this year for Best Rock Album for their albums Psychedelic Pill and The Next Day, respectively. Mick Jagger and Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones are nominated for Best Rock Song for “Doom and Gloom”, and thrash metal band Anthrax’s “TNT” is nominated for Best Metal Performance. Although I’m sure that not all of these forefathers of rock and metal will win the awards, I’m just excited that they’ve been recognized and nominated among Macklemore, Lorde, and Robin Thicke. Power to the old-timers!
To see a full list of this year’s Grammy nominations, click here: http://www.grammy.com/nominees
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