Rock Rundown

The nominees for the 62nd annual Grammy Awards were announced on Wednesday (November 20th), and big names in this year's rock categories include Tool, I Prevail and Rival Sons, all of whom received two nods apiece. Tool got a nod for Best Rock Song with "Fear Inoculum" and Best Metal Performance with "7empest," while I Prevail scored Best Rock Album for Trauma and Best Metal Performance for "Bow Down." Rival Sons are up for Best Rock Performance with "Too Bad" and Best Rock Album with Feral Roots.

On the alternative side, Billie Eilish scored an incredible six nominations -- the most ever for an artist who's just 17 years old. She's up for Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Best New Artist, Best Pop Solo Performance and Best Pop Vocal Album, all for her song "Bad Guy" and debut LP, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?.

Other nominees in the rock, metal and alternative categories include Radiohead singer Thom Yorke with four nods, Vampire Weekend with three, Bring Me The Horizon, Killswitch Engage, The 1975, Cage The Elephant, the Cranberries and Chris Cornell.

The 62nd Annual Grammy Awards will take place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles with host Alicia Keys on January 26th. CBS will air the Grammy Awards broadcast beginning at 8:00 p.m. ET, while Grammy.com will also stream the ceremony for awards given out prior to the broadcast.

The 62nd annual Grammy Awards -- categories featuring rock, alternative and metal nominees:

Record of the Year

"Hey Ma" - Bon Iver
"Bad Guy" - Billie Eilish
"7 Rings" - Ariana Grande
"Hard Place" - H.E.R.
"Talk" - Khalid
"Old Town Road" - Lil' Nas X Featuring Billy Ray Cyrus
"Truth Hurts" - Lizzo
"Sunflower" - Post Malone & Swae Lee

Album of the Year

I, I - Bon Iver
Norman F**king Rockwell - Lana Del Rey
When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go - Billie Eilish
Thank You Next - Ariana Grande
I Used To Know Her - H.E.R.
7 - Lil' Nas X
Cause I Love You - Lizzo
Father Of The Bride - Vampire Weekend

Song of the Year

"Always Remember Us This Way" - Lady Gaga
"Bad Guy" - Billie Eilish
"Bring My Flowers Now" - Brandi Carlile
"Hard Place" - H.E.R.
"Lover" - Taylor Swift
"Norman F**king Rockwell" - Lana Del Rey
"Someone You Loved" - Lewis Capaldi
"Truth Hurts" - Lizzo

Best New Artist

Black Pumas
Billie Eilish
Lil Nas X
Lizzo
Maggie Rogers
Rosalia
Tank and the Bangas
Yola

Best Rock Performance

"Pretty Waste" - Bones UK
"This Land" - Gary Clark Jr.
"History Repeats" - Brittany Howard
"Woman" - Karen O. and Danger Mouse
"Too Bad" - Rival Sons

Best Metal Performance

"Astorlus" - Candlemass featuring Tony Iommi
"Humanicide" - Death Angel
"Bow Down" - I Prevail
"Unleashed" - Killswitch Engage
"7empest" - Tool

Best Rock Song

"Fear Inoculum" - Tool
"Give Yourself A Try" - The 1975
"Harmony Hall" - Vampire Weekend
"History Repeats" - Brittany Howard
"This Land" - Gary Clark Jr.

Best Rock Album

Amo - Bring Me The Horizon
Social Cues - Cage The Elephant
In the End - The Cranberries
Trauma - I Prevail
Feral Roots - Rival Sons

Best Alternative Music Album

U.F.O.F. - Big Thief
Assume Form - James Blake
I,I - Bon Iver
Father Of The Bride - Vampire Weekend
Anima - Thom Yorke



Coldplay has released two more new songs from the band's upcoming double album, Everyday Life. One song, "Daddy," is accompanied by an animated music video, while the other, "Champion Of The World," comes with a stylized lyric video.

The "Daddy" clip was created through a combination of "live action puppetry, digitally painted sets and 2D animation," according to a press release. "Champion Of The World," meanwhile, features a co-writing credit for Scott Hutchinson, the late Frightened Rabbit frontman whose song "Los Angeles, Be Kind" inspired the Coldplay track.

Coldplay frontman Chris Martin explained, "When I first heard (‘Los Angeles, Be Kind'), I thought it was going to go one way; but it went another. Anyway ‘Champion Of The World' is the song that came from following the other path, and that's why Scott is a co-writer on this song. Today is also his birthday. So happy birthday Scott and thank you for your beautiful music, wherever you are."

Everyday Life is due out this Friday (November 22nd) and the band will commemorate its release by performing the two halves of the set in a pair of livestream YouTube concert events from Amman, Jordan.

Chris Martin told us a while back that Coldplay prefers to put everything they have into every aspect of their music: "Anything that's vaguely half-hearted, we just refuse to do, whether it's a song or a performance. I either want to be really good or really bad. Either one is OK."

AUDIO: COLDPLAY'S CHRIS MARTIN ON NOT TAKING HALF MEASURES


In a newly posted clip from a 2014 episode of the now-defunct That Metal Show, Motley Crue guitarist Mick Mars is asked about the possibility of the Crue reuniting for more tours after promising that its 2014/2015 farewell run is really its last. Mars replies, "Let me put it this way: If that happens, I will invite the world to come for free."

Of course, Mars has some 'splainin' to do and perhaps a whole bunch of tickets to hand out, since the Crue announced earlier this week that they are tearing up the so-called contract preventing them from performing live and getting back on the road.

Crue fans who shelled out for the band's 2014/2015 "farewell" tour were led to believe that the group would never return after playing its final show on December 2015 at the Forum in Los Angeles. The band touted the signing of a pre-tour "cessation of touring" agreement as cementing the fact it truly was the end of Crue's life on the road.

But nearly four years after that last show, the band posted a video explaining that due to the group "becoming more popular than ever" and "gaining an entirely new legion of fans" in the four years they've been off the road, the Crue is coming out of retirement. They will reportedly embark on a stadium tour with Def Leppard and Poison in 2020, but that has yet to be officially confirmed.

Back in 2014, bassist Nikki Sixx told Rolling Stone about the chances of a reunion, "There are people in this band who will refuse to ever do it again, and you're talking to one of them. There is no amount of money that would ever make me do it again because I have such pride in how we're ending it."



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