Them Crooked Vultures were honored with a Grammy in the “Best Hard Rock Performance” category in the pre-telecast ceremony at the 53rd annual Grammy Awards, which are being held Sunday night, February 13 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Them Crooked Vultures was nominated for the track “New Fang”, from the band’s 2009 album “Them Crooked Vultures”.
The nominees in this year’s “Hard Rock” category were as follows:
Alice In Chains – “A Looking In View” (from “Black Gives Way to Blue”)
Ozzy Osbourne – “Let Me Hear You Scream” (from “Scream”)
Soundgarden – “Black Rain” (from “Telephantasm”)
Stone Temple Pilots – “Between The Lines” (from “Stone Temple Pilots”)
Them Crooked Vultures – “New Fang” (from “Them Crooked Vultures”)

Material released between September 1, 2009 and September 30, 2010 (a 13-month period) is eligible for the 2011 Grammys.

Also honored in the pre-grammy telecast was Iron Maiden for “Best Metal Performance”. Maiden was nominated for the track “El Dorado”, from the band’s 2010 album “The Final Frontier”.

The nominees in this year’s “Metal” category were as follows:
Iron Maiden – “El Dorado” (from “The Final Frontier”)
Korn – “Let The Guilt Go” (from “Korn III: Remember Who You Are”)
Lamb Of God – “In Your Words” (from “Wrath”)
Megadeth – “Sudden Death” (from “Guitar Hero: Warriors Of Rock”)
Slayer – “World Painted Blood” (from “World Painted Blood”)

Here’s some of the other rock winners:
Best pop or rap gospel album: “Hello Hurricane,” Switchfoot
Best Alternative Music Album award goes to the Black Keys, for “Brothers”
Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals: “Tighten Up,” The Black Keys
Best Rock Instrumental Performance: “Hammerhead,” Jeff Beck
Best Pop Instrumental Performance: “Nessun Dorma,” Jeff Beck
Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals: “Imagine,” Herbie Hancock, Pink, India.Arie, Seal, Konono No 1, Jeff Beck & Oumou Sangare

Best Rock Song: “Angry World,” Neil Young, songwriter (Neil Young)
Best Rock Album: “The Resistance,” Muse
Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance: “Helter Skelter,” Paul McCartney. Track from: “Good Evening New York City.”
The Arcade Fire wins Album of the Year

Here’s Mick Jagger with his first live performance appearance on the Grammy Awards in his 50-year career. The Rolling Stones frontman appeared alongside soul man Raphael Saadiq as part of a tribute to the late soul legend Solomon Burke, who died in 2010. Jagger was last seen on the Grammy Awards when the Rolling Stones were given a lifetime achievement award. For that broadcast, the band performed via satellite from London.

Here’s a red carpet interview with Dave Mustaine of Megadeth, wish they wouldn’t have done the fucking cutaways to Snookie while talking to him though. I have been to the Grammys a couple of times, and thank god I didn’t have to see Snookie there.