Dave Mustaine says he’s fed up with the attitude the Grammy Awards have towards rock and metal, explaining he’s “fighting” for another category to be added.
It doesn’t take much research to learn that many categories for award shows can be quite divisive. Why, back in October, many music fans were confused as to how hip-hop trio Migos managed to take home an American Music Award in the pop/rock category.
Likewise, a similar controversy occurred back in 2014 when King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard had their record Quarters! nominated for Best Jazz Album at the ARIAs. Needless to say, genre classification can be a bit of a sore spot for many music fans.
However, as award show fans are aware, categories can change over time. Back in 2011, the Grammy Awards announced a bit of a shake-up, removing the Best Rock Instrumental Performance award, and combining the Best Hard Rock and Best Metal Performance awards into one solitary honour.
Now, Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine says he’s fighting to right this wrong.
Speaking to US radio station 107.7 The Bone (via Blabbermouth), the 2017 Grammy Award-winner explained how the rock and metal genres aren’t properly acknowledged, and normally relegated to the pre-show. As such, Dave Mustaine says he’s “fighting” for the Grammys to add another category for metal.
“I joined the Grammy chapter out in Nashville to address that exact thing,” Mustaine explained. “I joined the Grammy chapter because we have one metal category and I think they’ve got a dozen polka categories.”