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LIST: 59th Annual Grammy Nominations (Rock/Metal/Alternative)

So….the 59th Annual Grammy nominations have been announced, and call it a hunch, but a lot of rock fans will not be thrilled.

The five rock/metal/alternative categories listed below feature a lot of great picks, but there are certainly glaring omissions, and, frankly, there are artists nominated that will have fans thinking, “Really?!”  (Looking at you BeyonceJack White may have co-wrote/recorded “Don’t Hurt Yourself” with you, but even you have to admit that a rock nomination is a bit much.)

Per the Grammy guidelines, eligible recordings for the 59th Annual Grammys had to have been released “between October 1, 2015 and September 30, 2016.”  If you’re looking for what was overlooked (and there was plenty), there’s your window.

A full nominee list can be viewed at  The 59th Annual Grammys will air live Sunday, February 12 on CBS.


Best Rock Performance
Alabama Shakes – “Joe” (Live From Austin City Limits)
Beyonce Featuring Jack White – “Don’t Hurt Yourself”
David Bowie – “Blackstar”
Disturbed – “The Sound Of Silence” (Live on Conan)
Twenty One Pilots – “Heathens”


Best Metal Performance
Baroness – “Shock Me”
Gojira – “Silvera”
Korn – “Rotting In Vain”
Megadeth – “Dystopia”
Periphery – “The Price Is Wrong”


Best Rock Song
David Bowie – “Blackstar”
Radiohead – “Burn The Witch”
Metallica – “Hardwired”
Twenty One Pilots – “Heathens”
Highly Suspect – “My Name Is Human”


Best Rock Album
Blink-182 – California
Cage The Elephant – Tell Me I’m Pretty
Gojira – Magma
Panic! At The Disco – Death Of A Bachelor
Weezer – Weezer


Best Alternative Music Album
Bon Iver – 22, A Million
David Bowie – Blackstar
PJ Harvey – The Hope Six Demolition Project
Iggy Pop – Post Pop Depression
Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool


Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock reporter. The first man she ever loved was Jack Daniels.  True story.