Grammy Nominations 2011: Rock, Metal, & Rap


Well, it’s that time of year again. It’s awards season. While we here at Yell! Magazine have already informed you slightly on the AMAs and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, we should also tell you about the Grand Poobah of them all—the Grammy Awards.

If you’re interested in seeing the whole nomination list, you should go to, but we’re only going to tell you about the Grammy nominations we really care about, because, well, everything else kind of sucks.

Below you’ll find the nominations for the following categories: Best Hard Rock Performance, Best Metal Performance, Best Rap Solo Performance, Best Rap Performance By A Duo Or Group, and Best Rap Album.

Now, we don’t want to complain or anything (yes we do), but why is it that there’s no Grammy nominations category for Best Metal Album? For Christ’s sake, there’s a category for Best Musical Album For Children. Is it because metal still isn’t a fully recognized genre? I guess we shouldn’t complain too much since Slayer, Megadeth, Iron Maiden, and Lamb of God are nominated for their performances.

Speaking of Slayer, this is their fifth Grammy nomination (and their third Grammy if they win). Here’s what Tom Araya had to say about the latest nomination:

I admit, I’m excited and kind of surprised. To have Slayer’s music recognized by an organization as traditional as the Grammys—five times now—is like that gold star that someone puts up by your name. It’s unexpected, but it’s cool.

We’re excited too.

For the rappers on the list, we should point out that Eminem (feat. Rihanna) is up for Record of the Year with “Love the way you Lie” and Jay-Z & Alicia Keys are up for “Empire State of Mind” in the same category. Also, Eminem’s Recovery is up for Album of the Year.

The event takes place on February 13th, 2011. Until then, enjoy this brief list of Grammy nominations that Yell! Magazine thinks are relevant.

Best Hard Rock Performance

“A Looking In View” – Alice In Chains
“Let Me Hear You Scream” – Ozzy Osbourne
“Black Rain” – Soundgarden
“Between The Lines” – Stone Temple Pilots
“New Fang” – Them Crooked Vultures

Best Metal Performance

“El Dorado” – Iron Maiden
“Let The Guilt Go” – Korn
“In Your Words” – Lamb of God
“Sudden Death” – Megadeth
“World Painted Blood” – Slayer

Best Rap Solo Performance

“Over” – Drake
“Not Afraid” – Eminem
“How Low” – Ludacris
“I’m Back” – T.I.
“Power” – Kanye West

Best Rap Performance By A Duo Or Group

“Shutterbugg” – Big Boi & Cutty
“Fancy” – Drake, T.I. & Swizz Beatz
“On To The Next One” – Jay-Z & Swizz Beatz
“My Chick Bad” – Ludacris & Nicki Minaj
“Lose My Mind” – Young Jeezy & Plies

Best Rap Album

The Adventures Of Bobby Ray – B.o.B
Thank Me Later – Drake
Recovery – Eminem
The Blueprint 3 – Jay-Z
How I Got Over – The Roots


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