You’re probably asking yourself, “why the hell am I reading an article about the Grammy awards?” Well before you back peddle and go check out our review of the Fuming Mouth’s brutal and excellent new EP, hear me out. This may actually be of interest to you.

Power Trip has been nominated for a Grammy. I know, unbelievable, but it’s true. Their live version of “Executioner’s Tax (Swing of the Axe) – Live” sinched the nomination for Best Metal Performance. Other nominees include Body Count and Code Orange. Which is an incredible lineup of nominees for this specific category, not only because they are genuine metal acts, but they’re also good. They are genuinely talented acts nominated in a category that usually exists as a revolving door of acknowledgments for Megadeth and Metallica (and Foo Fighters, who have taken home the award for this category, if you count all the times they’ve called it “Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance,” three times!!!).

There is no telling if Power Trip will win the award for the category, and even if they did, such an award would hardly do justice to the legacy of such a remarkable artist and human being as the late Riley Gale, but it is an interesting development in this particular corner of the spectacle of American prestige entertainment.

Also of note, this year is that all of the artists nominated for Best Rock Performance are women. Which could be seen as a step in the right direction for the Grammys more generally. Who knows, I might even tune in this year (probably not though).

63rd Annual Grammy Awards, will broadcast on CBS on Sunday, January 31, 2021 at 8:00 p.m. ET/5:00 p.m. PT.

Photo credit The 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards®, January 2018 (DON EMMERT/AFP via Getty Images) .


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