Metallica, Avenged Sevenfold, Mastodon, Code Orange, Etc. Nominated for 60th Annual Grammy Awards

The nominees have been revealed for the 60th annual Grammy Awards. The ceremony will take place on January 28 in New York and the list of rock/metal nominees can be found below.

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 Metal Performance:

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

Best Rock Song:

Metallica – “Atlas, Rise!”
K.Flay – “Blood In The Cut”
Nothing More – “Go To War”
Foo Fighters – “Run”
Avenged Sevenfold – “The Stage”

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“

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System Of A Down’s Serj Tankian To Present The Late Chris Cornell With Inaugural “Promise Award”

The late Chris Cornell (Soundgarden, etc.) will be honored with the inaugural “Promise Award” for his track “The Promise,” which he created for the Armenian Genocide film of the same name. According to a press release, “the award recognizes an outstanding song, television show, or film that advances the values of equity and justice in an original and powerful way.” System Of A Down‘s Serj Tankian, who served as the Executive Music Consultant for the film, and contributed a song to the soundtrack, will be on hand to present the award at the Voices for Justice Human Rights Watch Annual Dinner on November 14.

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Soundgarden’s Matt Cameron On Chris Cornell’s Death: “We’re All Still Processing Our Grief”

Soundgarden’s Matt Cameron was recently interviewed by Billboard about his solo album “Cavedweller,” and during the chat he talked a bit about the tragic death of Chris Cornell. He said the following:

“I don’t think we’re [Soundgarden] ready to say anything other than…Kim [Thayil] and Ben [Shepherd] and I are certainly aware of how much our fans are hurting, and we’re certainly hurting right there along with them. But we’re extremely private people, and we’re all still processing our grief in our own way and on our own time. But we definitely are thinking of our fans and love them very much.”

In other news, Cameron has also released a new lyric video for “Time Can’t Wait”:

Chris Cornell To Be Honored With Human Rights Hero Award

The late Chris Cornell (Soundgarden, etc.) will be honored with the Human Rights Hero Award by Cassia’s LA Chefs for Human Rights during a benefit charity dinner on September 25 at the Southeast Asian brasserie in Santa Monica, CA. The late singer is being given the award for his track “The Promise,” which he created for the Armenian Genocide film of the same name, as well as his philanthropic and humanitarian work. Cornell’s widow Vicky will be on hand to accept it.

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Thirty Seconds To Mars’ Jared Leto Pays Tribute To Chester Bennington, Chris Cornell, David Bowie, Prince, & George Michael With A Five Song Medley

Thirty Seconds to Mars’ Jared Leto paid tribute to several artists we recently lost with a five song medley as part of a BBC Radio 1 session at the Live Lounge. That performance included: Prince’s “Purple Rain,” David Bowie’s “Heroes,” George Michael’s “Freedom,” Soundgarden’s “Black Hole Sun” and Linkin Park’s “Crawling.”

Chris Cornell’s Brother Condemns Conspiracy Theories Involving The Singer’s Death

Chris Cornell’s brother Peter has shared another tribute he wrote for the late Soundgarden, etc. frontman. You can see what he had to say below, including his comments regarding the unfortunate conspiracy theories surrounding his brother’s death.

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“My Friends:

Again you humble me with your kindness, empathy, love and support.

Although I pulled myself off Social Media, I’ve been able to glimpse bits and pieces of the selfless way so many people around the world continue to honor and pay tribute to my Brother.

I truly couldn’t believe the way you picked up and carried the message of doing push-ups for suicide prevention. Please don’t stop. What a devastating way to have my eyes opened to how many lives around me, and all of us, have been touched by such tragedy. Going forward I hope prevention is a conversation we can have more freely. Removing the stigma that discussing suicide is like speaking about a dirty little secret. If only … what I’d give to have had the tiniest shred of this awareness in early May.

I cannot deny the pain of this loss. In some ways I cling to it. Refusing to let go because I want to keep my little Brother close, even if all that’s left are memories. At least we are rich with memories. I replay them all to often, starting with our childhood and reliving the glory that was Seattle in the 90’s.

This process of grief has connected me to so many other grieving hearts and souls. As I said previously, my Brother belonged to the world and so many have been crushed by the weight of this passing. I revived this FB page to return the compassion you have shown to me from the very moments after this tragedy … THANK YOU and THANK YOU AGAIN!!! If it’s possible for this path to walk a little softer, it’s only because I haven’t had to walk it alone.

Compassion is like a new word to me these days. This horror has connected me to family I have not known for many, many years. It’s a bittersweet connection that is equal parts reliving the devastation and lovingly tearing down the fences that have separated us for so very long. Compassion arms me with the ability to feel for their loss as you and I have felt for each other. In some ways my family lost my Brother twice. That is a burden I don’t share with them. I’ve grown new ears and hopefully a bigger heart.

I miss my interaction with YOU but a hiatus from social media helps me from continually picking at the wound. It’s unfortunate the social media platform that allows us to share each other’s heartbreak and healing also becomes a forum for conspiracy theories and absurd conjecture that defy decency and continually attempt to blur the facts. The entities that fuel these avenues of chaos are self-serving at best. When is enough enough? Hasn’t the time come for my Brother to be allowed to rest in peace? Haven’t the children endured more than a child ever, ever, ever should?

Much love to ALL of you!!! Hold your families close. May peace find all of us

Goodnight Chester. Goodnight Brother.
PC”