All I can really say to the news of Halestorm beating out Lamb of God for a Grammy is, “eh.” Lamb of God is one of the most important metal bands of our lifetimes whether you care to acknowledge it or not. They have not only changed the scene, but they have led it, having inspired countless musicians and bands, including myself.
So what is a Grammy to a band that doesn’t really exist in the pop world? Is it a goal? The recognition for metal shouldn’t be counted in shiny metal objects sitting on a shelf, or another award listing on your Wikipedia page. No, the recognition for a metal band can be counted in far more lasting ways. Take for example the number of people walking around with your band name tattooed on them.
I won’t call the Grammy’s a joke or make too much fun of Halestorm like a lot of the people on Chris Adler‘s Facebook page. We need to acknowledge that for pop stars, this is how they feel accomplished. I highly doubt anyone is walking around with a Rihanna tattoo. My point here is that Lamb of God‘s recognition should continue to come in the form of supporting the band. I know I will.