2015 Grammy Nominations Forgot These Great Rock Choices

Last week, the 2015 Grammy nominees were announced and, as expected, The Recording Academy played it safe overall, especially in the rock categories. It’s frustrating to see institutions like the American Music Awards, MTV, and The Recording Academy consistently overlook authentic, raw rock ‘n’ roll bands.

That’s not to say that these nominees do not deserve the nomination. Rather, it’s that the Grammys do not take the opportunity to highlight some well-deserved artists and shake things up. The Black Keys are great and put out a solid record, Turn Blue, earlier this year, but they are like the Meryl Streep of rock music – a safe, predictable talent.

Here are some of our recommendations for the 2015 Grammys in the rock categories:

Best Rock Performance

It’s nice to see Beck’s “Blue Moon” and Jack White’s “Lazaretto” here, but Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators slayed this year with “World on Fire,” and the album of the same name. Slash is still one of the best guitarists in the industry, and his shredding coupled with Kennedy’s phenomenally high vocals is the best thing to happen to rock music in a long time.

Best Rock Song

First of all, why is “Ain’t It Fun” by Paramore nominated in this category when it is clearly a pop song? (Sorry, Hayley Williams!) A slew of the Pretty Reckless songs could fit here from their Going to Hell album, but “Messed Up World” is a sexy but also smart critique of America’s sex-obsessed culture.

3. Best Rock Album

The Recording Academy picked a nice variety of nominees here (U2, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Black Keys), but Rival Sons put out an amazing album this year with Great Western Valkyrie. Every song holds its weight and brings back that hard rock/blues sound we all have been waiting for.

4. Best Alternative Music Album

We need to give The Recording Academy credit for an excellent pick of nominees here, like Alt-J and Cage the Elephant. If we had our way, we would include King Tuff on the esteemed list for his eclectic and fun Black Moon Spell. The Recording Academy would definitely get some brownie points from avant-garde listeners (and isn’t that truly alternative?).

What Grammy nominees do you think were snubbed this year? Let us know in the comments!


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