Mike Savoia

ROCK BLOG: 2017 Grammys

January 31, 2017

I must start out by saying that I have never been a fan of the Grammy Awards.  I feel it's over commercialized, mainstream and somewhat cliquey.  I'm also not a fan in any way of Pop, which seems to be the main focus of the Grammys.  I will say that I'm extremely pleased with this year's rock nominees, though.  So, for this blog, I will focus on those.  

On February 12th, CBS will broadcast the 59th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles.  There are 84 categories this year.  

Best Rock Performance:

"Joe (Live From Austin City Limits)" — Alabama Shakes
"Don't Hurt Yourself" — Beyoncé Featuring Jack White
"Blackstar" — David Bowie
"The Sound Of Silence" — Disturbed
"Heathens" — Twenty One Pilots

Yes, you read those correctly.  Disturbed will be competing against...Beyonce?!!!  Somewhat disturbing, (pun intended).  It's not enough that she is leading the ceremony with 9 nominations, but she also creeped into the Rock category this year.  We are rooting for you, Disturbed and David Bowie. To me, this is just unacceptable!!  Wow.  Here is Disturbed's Grammy-nominated performance.

 

Best Metal Performance:

"Shock Me" — Baroness 
"Slivera" — Gojira
"Rotting in Vain" — Korn
"Dystopia" — Megadeth
"The Price Is Wrong" — Periphery

Korn all the way, baby!!

Best Rock Song:

"Blackstar" — David Bowie, songwriter (David Bowie)
"Burn the Witch"  —Radiohead, songwriters (Radiohead)
"Hardwired" — James Hetfield & Lars Ulrich, songwriters (Metallica
"Heathens" — Tyler Joseph, songwriter (Twenty One Pilots)
"My Name Is Human" — Rich Meyer, Ryan Meyer & Johnny Stevens, songwriters (Highly Suspect)

This was a tough one, but I'm going with Highly Suspect.  Their song, "My Name is Human" kicks my ass every time.

Best Rock Album:

California — Blink-182
Tell Me I'm Pretty — Cage The Elephant
Magma — Gojira
Death Of A Bachelor — Panic! At The Disco
Weezer — Weezer

The Grammys are known for providing unique duets and collaborations, in hopes to make things "memorable" every year. For most of these collaborations, I'd like to pretend they never happened.  This year Dave Grohl will take the stage with A Tribe Called Quest and Anderson .Paak.

Good news is that Metallica will be performing solo.  I say we end this on an ultra positive note with a Metallica video.  Much love! - C.C.