MASTODON was honored with a Grammy in the “Best Metal Performance” category in the pre-telecast ceremony at the 60th annual Grammy Awards, which was held last night (Sunday, January 28) at Madison Square Garden in New York City. MASTODON was nominated for the song “Sultan’s Curse” from its 2017 album “Emperor Of Sand”.
“Thank you to Judas Priest and Black Sabbath for creating this kind of music that we call home,” drummer Brann Dailor said from the podium. You can see their full acceptance speech below. MASTODON were seen as favorites coming into the ceremony, as the lone multiple nominee this year and a veteran of the Grammys, having been nominated for Best Metal Performance for “Colony of Birchmen” in 2007 and “High Road” in 2015 and Best Hard Rock / Metal Performance in 2012 for “Curl of the Burl.” Metal was also represented at the ceremony via Body Count’s performance of their nominated song, “Black Hoodie.”
The Grammys are voted on by approximately 13,000 Recording Academy members, who are comprised of artists, songwriters, producers and engineers. More than 22,000 recordings were submitted for Grammys consideration this year. For 2018 awards, music must have been released between October 1, 2016 and September 30, 2017 in order to be eligible.
The nominees in the “Best Metal Performance” category were as follows:
AUGUST BURNS RED – “Invisible Enemy”
BODY COUNT – “Black Hoodie”
CODE ORANGE – “Forever”
MASTODON – “Sultan’s Curse”
MESHUGGAH – “Clockworks”