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Tom Petty, U2, Pink Floyd, Metallica, Neil Young Fall on Grammy Night

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The Grammy Awards are hailed as “music’s biggest night,” but it proved to be a big disappointment for classic-rock artists, instead. Tom Petty, U2 and the Black Keys were all nominated for Best Rock Album, but came up short to Beck. In fact, the Black Keys suffered a string of losses throughout the night.

Meanwhile, Metallica‘s ‘Through the Never’ suffered a similar fate in the Best Music Film category, finishing second to (the admittedly awesome) ’20 Feet From Stardom.’ Pink Floyd‘s ‘The Divison Bell: 20th Anniversary Deluxe Box Set’ had also been nominated for Best Surround Sound Album, though Beyonce‘s self-titled album took the prize. Neil Young‘s ‘A Letter Home’ vinyl box set was nominated for Best Boxed Set or Special Limited Edition Package, as was the Grateful Dead‘s ‘Spring 1990 (The Other One),’ but the award went to ‘The Rise and Fall of Paramount Records, Volume One.’

Gregg Allman lost the Best American Roots Performance award to Rosanne Cash. Paul Epworth, who had been nominated in part for his work with Paul McCartney, was bested by Max Martin for Producer of the Year, Non-Classical honors. Jack White and the Black Keys were nominated for Best Rock Song, but that statue went to Paramore for ‘Ain’t It Fun.’ White also fell to St. Vincent in the Best Alternative Album category.

It wasn’t all bad. Pearl Jam claimed a Grammy for Best Recording Package, in honor of ‘Lightning Bolt.’ Johnny Winter earned a posthumous Best Blues Album nod for ‘Step Back.’ White’s ‘Lazaretto’ actually won for Best Rock Performance, but he bested a group that included (again!) the Black Keys. Poor guys.

As we’ve previously discussed/groused about, Tenacious D also claimed a metal statue over some bands many consider far more worthy.

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