2018 Grammy Awards: Classic Rock Nominees

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Gregg Allman’s posthumous release earned two nominations

The nominations for the 60th Annual Grammy Awards were announced today (Nov. 28) and, as the trend as been for many years, classic rock artists–even those with new recordings–were largely ignored. Several artists who died in the past year were recognized in various categories. Among the classic rock artists with nominations:

Gregg Allman‘s posthumous release, Southern Blood, earned two nominations: Best Americana Album and Best American Roots Song for “My Only True Friend”;

Bob Dylan for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album for his three-record set of covers, Triplicate;

The Rolling Stones‘ Blue & Lonesome was nominated for Best Traditional Blues Album;

Leonard Cohen received two nominations for his You Want It Darker album: Best Rock Performance for the title track and Best American Roots Performance for “Steer Your Way”;

The Grateful Dead earned two: Best Boxed Package for May 1977: Get Shown the Light and Best Music Film for their Long Strange Trip documentary.

Metallica received nominations for Best Rock Album for Hardwired…To Self-Destruct and Best Rock Song for “Atlas Rise”;

Foo Fighters earned two nominations for “Run” for Best Rock Performance and Best Rock Song;

Chris Cornell got a posthumous nomination for The Promise.

Others: Bruce Springsteen was nominated for Best Spoken Word Album for Born to Run, Randy Newman received a Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals nomination for “Putin” from Dark Matter, Roger Waters‘ Is This the Life We Really Want received a Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical nomination, Glen Campbell earned a Best American Roots Performance nod for “Arkansas Farmboy” from his Adios album.

Besides the Stones, the Best Traditional Blues Album category also includes Elvin Bishop’s Big Fun Trio, Best Contemporary Blues Album includes Tedeschi Trucks Band for Live From the Fox Oakland, and Cat Stevens received a Best Folk Album nomination for The Laughing Apple.

Best Rock Performance

Leonard Cohen – “You Want It Darker”
Chris Cornell – The Promise
Foo Fighters – “Run”
Kaleo – “No Good”
Nothing More – Go to War

Best Rock Album

Mastodon – Emperor of Sand
Metallica – Hardwired…To Self-Destruct
Nothing More – The Stories We Tell Ourselves
Queens of the Stone Age – Villains
The War on Drugs – A Deeper Understanding

Best Rock Song

“Atlas Rise” – James Hetfield & Lars Ulrich (Metallica)
“Blood in the Cut – JT Daly & Kristine Flaherty (K. Flay)
“Go to War” – Various (Nothing More)
“Run” – Foo Fighters
“The Stage” – Various (Avenged Sevenfold)

Best Metal Performance

August Burns Red – Invisible Enemy
Body Count – “Black Hoodie”
Code Orange – “Forever”
Mastodon – “Sultan’s Curse”
Meshuggah – “Clockworks”

The 60th Annual Grammy Awards will be held on January 28, 2018 at New York’s Madison Square Garden. The broadcast will air on CBS TV. For the complete list of nominations, click here.

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