The Recording Academy’s CEO On Marilyn Manson Being Up For A Grammy For His Work With Kanye West: “We Won’t Look Back At People’s History”

Marilyn Manson, who is currently facing multiple lawsuits related to rape and sexual assault allegations, is apparently eligible for a possible Grammy win thanks to his work on Kanye West‘s latest album “Donda.“ Despite the controversy surrounding the singer, The Recording Academy’s CEO, Harvey Mason Jr., says they “won’t restrict the people who can submit their material for consideration.”

Harvey Mason Jr. told The Wrap the following:

“We won’t restrict the people who can submit their material for consideration. We won’t look back at people’s history, we won’t look at their criminal record, we won’t look at anything other than the legality within our rules of, is this recording for this work eligible based on date and other criteria. If it is, they can submit for consideration.

What we will control is our stages, our shows, our events, our red carpets. We’ll take a look at anyone who is asking to be a part of that, asking to be in attendance, and we’ll make our decisions at that point. But we’re not going to be in the business of restricting people from submitting their work for our voters to decide on.”

For those unaware, Manson is featured on West‘s “Jail pt 2” alongside DaBaby, who is currently facing backlash for making homophobic comments onstage. He also has writing credits on the song “Jail.”

AC/DC, Foo Fighters, Mastodon, Gojira, Etc. Nominated For 2022 Grammy Awards

The nominees have been revealed for the 2022 Grammy Awards. The ceremony will take place at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, CA on January 31.

Rock and metal artists are featured in the following categories:

Best Metal Performance:

* Deftones – “Genesis“
* Gojira – “Amazonia“
* Mastodon – “Pushing The Tides“
* Rob Zombie – “The Triumph Of King Freak (A Crypt Of Preservation And Superstition)“
* Dream Theater – “The Alien“

Best Rock Album:

* AC/DC – “Power Up“
* Chris Cornell – “No One Sings Like You Anymore Vol. 1“
* Foo Fighters – “Medicine At Midnight“
* Paul McCartney – “McCartney III“
* Black Pumas – “Capitol Cuts — Live From Studio A“

Best Rock Song:

* Foo Fighters – “Waiting On A War“
* Mammoth WVH – “Distance“
* Weezer – “All My Favorite Songs“
* Kings Of Leon – “The Bandit“
* Paul McCartney – “Find My Way“

Best Rock Performance:

* Deftones – “Ohms“
* Foo Fighters – “Making A Fire“
* Chris Cornell – “Nothing Compares 2 U” (Prince cover)
* AC/DC – “Shot In The Dark“
* Black Pumas – “Know You Better (Live From Capitol Studio A)

Best Remixed Recording:

* “Passenger” (Mike Shinoda Remix); Mike Shinoda, remixer (Deftones); track from: “White Pony” (20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition)
* “Back To Life” (Booker T Kings of Soul Satta Dub); Booker T, remixer (Soul II Soul)
* “Born For Greatness” (Cymek Remix); Spencer Bastin, remixer (Papa Roach); track from: “Greatest Hits Vol. 2 The Better Noise Years”
* “Constant Craving” (Fashionably Late Remix); Tracy Young, remixer (K.D. Lang)
* “Inside Out” (3SCAPE DRM REMIX); 3SCAPE DRM, remixer (Zedd and Griff)
* “Met Him Last Night” (Dave Audé Remix); Dave Audé, remixer (Demi Lovato and Ariana Grande)
* “Talks” (Mura Masa Remix); Alexander Crossan, remixer (PVA)

Best Immersive Audio Album:

* “The Future Bites,” Jake Fields and Steven Wilson, immersive mix engineers; Bob Ludwig, immersive mastering engineer; Steven Wilson, immersive producer (Steven Wilson)
* “Alicia,” George Massenburg and Eric Schilling, immersive mix engineers; Michael Romanowski, immersive mastering engineer; Ann Mincieli, immersive producer (Alicia Keys)
* “Clique,” Jim Anderson and Ulrike Schwarz, immersive mix engineers; Bob Ludwig, immersive mastering engineer; Jim Anderson, immersive producer (Patricia Barber)
* “Fine Line,” Greg Penny, immersive mix engineer; Greg Penny, immersive mastering engineer; Greg Penny, immersive producer (Harry Styles)
* “Stille Grender,” Morten Lindberg, immersive mix engineer; Morten Lindberg, immersive mastering engineer; Morten Lindberg, immersive producer (Anne Karin Sundal-Ask and Det Norske Jentekor)

Best Music Video:

* AC/DC – “Shot In The Dark“
* Jon Batiste – “Freedom“
* Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga – “I Get A Kick Out Of You“
* Justin Bieber (feat. Daniel Caesar) – “Peaches“
* Billie Eilish – “Happier Than Ever“
* Lil Nas X – “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)“

Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media:

* ‘Soul‘ – Jon Batiste, Trent Reznor, and Atticus Ross
* ‘Bridgerton‘ – Kris Bowers
* ‘Dune‘ – Hans Zimmer
* ‘The Mandalorian: Season 2 — Vol. 2‘ (Chapters 13-16) – Ludwig Göransson
* ‘The Queen’s Gambit‘ – Carlos Rafael Rivera

Best Alternative Music Album:

* Halsey, Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross – “If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power“
* Japanese Breakfast – “Jubilee“
* Arlo Parks – “Collapsed In Sunbeams“
* St. Vincent – “Daddy’s Home“
* Fleet Foxes – “Shore“

Skillet’s John Cooper Says His Comments Regarding Cardi B’s Grammy Performance And Hitler Were “Misrepresented”

As previously reported, Skillet’s John Cooper recently made headlines after seemingly comparing The Grammys to Hitler, while ranting about Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion’s performance of “WAP” on the award show. Now, the frontman has shared a new video to clarify his comments, which he says were “misrepresented.”

Cooper said the following:

“Yesterday in my podcast, I reacted to Cardi B’s performance at the Grammys. And it has come to my attention that some of my words were misrepresented and taken out of context from their intent. So, please allow me to say this: I did not compare Cardi B to Hitler, and I did not compare her performance to Hitler or any other dictator, and I certainly didn’t compare the Grammys or the music industry or any other artist, for any reason, to any dictator.

Secondly, I wanna say this: I did not conflate the consequences or the gravity of Cardi B’s performance at the Grammys. I in no way would ever conflate that to the horrors of the genocide that we saw in 1940 or any of the other violence and murders and all the death and destruction of any dictator that we’ve had in history. I honestly don’t understand how it could be taken that way, but just to be clear and clear of any confusion, I was stating that we are living in a time when it comes to morality where we are redefining what is good and what is evil”

“Sometimes we have a hard time imagining that someone would do something bad and redefine it and call it good. That’s why I was pointing out that there have been many, many examples of dictators or horrific events over the last 100 years where people did really, really bad stuff, but they believed or claimed that they were doing it for good reasons, for moral reasons, for liberating reasons. And as an example of that, I was saying if you were to go back and read some of Hitler’s speeches, you would find that he claims to believe that he was liberating people and doing something virtuous. This in no way compared Cardi B to Hitler or any dictatorship of any kind, and it certainly wasn’t conflating all of the evil things that have happened to the consequences of Cardi B’s performance, or any other performance for that matter. I was speaking philosophically in order to make a point and then using an unequivocal example from the past where someone has traded evil but called it good.

So I’d like to end this little five-minute talk with the same ending that I used on yesterday’s podcast. This Grammy performance is a very small miscrocosm — it may seem trite; it may seem a little bit petty — it’s just a microcosm to show something that is a lot bigger. I’m actually not trying to blow this up into a crisis. I’m actually saying we are in a crisis — but not because of the Grammys and not because of Cardi B and not because of a music performance or any other musician or artist or band. That’s not why we are in a crisis. And what is the crisis? The crisis is this: we are redefining what is moral and what is immoral, what is virtuous and what is not virtuous, and it is going to have devastating consequences for America.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Skillet’s John Cooper Compares The Grammys To Hitler After Complaining About Cardi B’s “WAP” Performance

UPDATE: John Cooper has since clarified his comments, saying that they were “misrepresented.”

Original Story:

Skillet’s John Cooper has gone off on another rant, this time complaining about Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion’s performance of “WAP” during the 2021 Grammy Awards. At one point, the frontman even tried to compare The Grammys to Hitler because of the performance.

Cooper said the following on his “Cooper Stuff” podcast:

“We’re living in a world right now where there are certain Dr. Seuss books that you cannot sell on eBay. They are just too much for anybody to even be allowed to buy; they’re being yanked down from all the bookstores and stuff like that. It’s just too much; it’s too evil. So you can’t go on eBay and buy it — too evil. But you can, and must, applaud the sexual degradation of Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion simulating sex together on the Grammys. This is the perfect example. You must celebrate it. In fact, if you don’t celebrate it, then you’re actually a bad person, and you kind of, like, don’t love people. You’re actually not nice. This is the perfect example, you guys.”

He continued by reading chapter 5 verse 20 of the book of Isaiah, which says “Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil,” before adding:

“‘I don’t think that would ever really happen.’ Really? It’s happening right now. It’s been happening in America for the last few years like crazy — especially the last five years, especially during the last year.

Why would anybody ever call evil good and good evil? It’s simple: because they just redefine the terms. The question is, who is going to define what is good, and who is gonna define what is evil?

Every dictator in history says that what they were doing was good. That’s what they believe. If you go back and you read some of Hitler’s speeches, he’s, like, ‘I’m gonna set people free — free from the bondage of the Ten Commandments.’ In his mind, he’s a liberator. It’s always like that, you guys. All you do is you just redefine evil and you redefine good. That’s what’s happening right now on the Grammys.

Now, I know there are people going — some of my ‘woke’ friends — ‘John, you’re making a big deal about nothing. It’s always been oversexualized.’ And yes, okay, of course, Grammys have always been oversexualized. Music has always been oversexualized. Hollywood has always been oversexualized. Two differences, and they matter. Number one: this is just a step beyond what we’ve seen. That’s all. I mean, you’re right — it has always been that way. Fine. This is pretty overt, all right? This is pretty over-the-top stuff.

But the biggest difference that is not the same is that 20 years ago, when Madonna did it — in fact, Madonna was really pushed into stardom from a performance like this. I can’t remember if it was Grammys or was it MTV Awards. I don’t really remember, but I watched a documentary on it a few years ago on Netflix; I can’t remember what it was. She did this performance where she was simulating self-sex and rolling all around on the stage. The difference was this: nobody said that she was virtuous for doing it. That’s a major difference, you guys. She was doing it because it was a climate of hedonism — it was a climate of sex, drugs [and] rock and roll. That’s the motto of my generation and the generation before me — sex, drugs, rock and roll. It’s a rebellion. It was a revolt against Christian values, traditional values, even just Western values in general. The family values — it was a revolt against traditional sexuality. But it wasn’t because they were virtuous. Nobody looked at Madonna and was, like, ‘She’s such a virtuous person. I really want my daughter to live this way.’ Nobody did that. That’s the difference. Madonna was doing it and getting famous because she was courageous and brave to do something that was like shock rock. Now it’s not just shock rock. Now it’s, like, yeah, we’re redefining what virtuous is. So we’re taking paganism, and we’re not just saying, ‘Yeah, I’m gonna get famous ’cause I’m willing to be into paganism and hedonism and idolatry and sexual degradation,’ and this and that and the other. No — we’re saying, ‘I’m doing all those things because I know what virtue is. I know what morality is. I define morality.’ That is what it means to call evil good, and good evil.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Body Count Win “Best Metal Performance” Grammy For “Bum-Rush”

Body Count have officially won the Grammy for “Best Metal Performance” at the 63rd Annual Grammy Award Show. The band scored the award for their song “Bum-Rush.” Other nominees in the metal category included:

  • Code Orange – “Underneath”
  • In This Moment – “The In-Between”
  • Poppy – “Bloodmoney”
  • Power Trip – “Executioner’s Tax (Swing Of The Axe) (live)

Poppy To Perform At 2021 Grammy Awards Premiere Ceremony

Poppy is among the artists that are set to perform during the Grammy Awards Premiere Ceremony. The event, which is now scheduled to take place on March 14 at 12:00pm PDT / 3:00pm EDT, will stream live on Grammy.com. This news comes after Poppy was previously nominated for a Grammy in the “Best Metal Performance” category for her song “Bloodmoney.“

2021 Grammy Awards Postponed

The 63rd annual Grammy Awards have been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The ceremony is now set to take place on March 14.

The Recording Academy chairman and interim chief Harvey Mason Jr. commented:

“After thoughtful conversations with health experts, our network partner CBS, our host, and artists scheduled to appear, we have made the decision to postpone the 63rd Grammy Awards to March 14, 2021. The deteriorating COVID situation in Los Angeles, where hospital services have been overwhelmed, ICUs have reached capacity, and new guidance from state and local governments have all led us to conclude that postponing our show was the right thing to do. Nothing is more important than the health and safety of those in our music community and the hundreds of people who work tirelessly on producing the show.

We want to thank all of the talented artists, the staff, our vendors, and especially this year’s nominees for their understanding, patience, and willingness to work with us as we navigate these unprecedented times. The show will go on and we will unite and heal through music by celebrating excellence and saluting this year’s outstanding nominees.”

As previously reported, this year’s nominees include Power Trip, Body Count, In This Moment, Code Orange, Poppy, and more.

Power Trip, Body Count, In This Moment, Etc. Nominated For 2021 Grammy Awards

The nominees for the 63rd annual Grammy Awards have officially been revealed. The ceremony will be hosted by Trevor Noah (“The Daily Show”) and it will broadcast on CBS on January 31, 2021 at 8:00 p.m. ET/5:00 p.m. PT. The categories with rock/metal artists can be found below.

Best Metal Performance:

  • Body Count – “Bum Rush”
  • Code Orange – “Underneath”
  • In This Moment – “The In-Between”
  • Poppy – “Bloodmoney”
  • Power Trip – “Executioner’s Tax (Swing Of The Axe) (live)

Best Recording Package:

  • Caspian – “On Circles” (Jordan Butcher, art director)
  • The Desert Sessions – “Vols. 11 & 12” (Doug Cunningham & Jason Noto, art directors)
  • Grouplove – “Healers” (Julian Gross & Hannah Hooper, art directors)
  • Coldplay – “Everyday Life” (Pilar Zeta, art director)
  • Lil Wayne – “Funeral” (Kyle Goen, art director)

Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media:

  • “A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood”
  • “Bill & Ted Face The Music”
  • “Eurovision Song Contest: The Story Of Fire Saga”
  • “Frozen 2”
  • “Jojo Rabbit”

Best Music Film:

  • “Beastie Boys Story” (Beastie Boys)
  • “Black Is King” (Beyoncé)
  • “We Are Freestyle Love Supreme” (Freestyle Love Supreme)
  • “Linda Ronstadt: The Sound Of My Voice” (Linda Ronstadt)
  • “That Little Ol’ Band From Texas” (ZZ Top)

Best Rock Performance:

  • Fiona Apple – “Shameika”
  • Big Thief – “Not”
  • Phoebe Bridgers – “Kyoto”
  • HAIM – “The Steps”
  • Brittany Howard – “Stay High”
  • Grace Potter – “Daylight”

Best Rock Song:

  • Phoebe Bridgers – “Kyoto”
  • Tame Impala – “Lost In Yesterday”
  • Big Thief – “Not”
  • Brittany Howard – “Stay High”
  • Fiona Apple – “Shameika”

Best Rock Album:

  • Fontaines D.C. – “A Hero’s Death”
  • Michael Kiwanuka – Kiwanuka”
  • Grace Potter – “Daylight”
  • Sturgill Simpson – “Sound & Fury”
  • The Strokes – “The New Abnormal”

Tool, Chris Cornell, Etc. Win At 62nd Annual Grammy Awards

The 62nd annual Grammy Awards is currently being held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA tonight (January 26) and the winners have already been revealed in the rock/metal categories. They include the following:

Best Metal Performance: Tool – “7empest“

Best Rock Performance: Gary Clark Jr. – “This Land”

Best Rock Song: Gary Clark Jr. – “This Land“

Best Rock Album: Cage The Elephant – “Social Cues“

The late Chris Cornell (Soundgarden, etc.) also won an award in the Best Recording Package category for his posthumous career retrospective.