On February 12th, thrash metal pioneers from Los Angeles, Megadeth, won the “best metal performance” award at the 59th annual Grammys for their track “Dystopia”. The other nominees that they ultimately beat for this award were Baroness, Gojira, Korn, and Periphery.
This wasn’t their first nomination. Dave Mustaine, the band’s frontman, joked when receiving the award that it “only took twelve tries to get this.” As they were walking up to the stage to accept the award, “master of puppets” by Metallica began playing. Whether intentional or not, it is a bit ironic. Considering that Mustaine was let go from Metallica in the early 80’s and replaced with Kirk Hammett from Exodus. Which spawned years worth of conflict between the two bands and their fanbases.
When “master of puppets” began playing, he went along with it via air guitar. His response via Twitter to someone who tweeted to him about it being a “slap in the face”, however, was pure savage. He said ““Ah, you can’t blame ’em for not being able to play Megadeth.”
Fast forward to January 2016, the animated music video for the title track for the band’s fifteenth studio album “Dystopia” is released. Prior to this award, Megadeth completed a one month tour with Suicidal Tendencies, Metal Church, Amon Amarth, and Butcher Babies. Talk about a stacked a lineup!
How are the Grammy awards decided? They are voted on by approximately 13,000 members of Recording Academy. These members are comprised of songwriters, artists, producers, and engineers. This year, more than 21,700 recordings were submitted for consideration.
Out of nearly 22,000 total submissions, Megadeth came out on top. After numerous consecutive nominations without victories, the twelfth time was a charm!