The Worst Grammy Snubs
It happens every year: We watch the Grammys in the hopes that our favorite rockers will be rewarded for their work, only to be disappointed by who won. Our new video of the Worst Grammy Snubs feels your pain.
As you can see below, the Grammys have always been out of touch. In 1965, the Beatles' "Yesterday," lost to Tony Bennett's "The Shadow of Your Smile." Two years later, they, the Beach Boys and the Mamas and the Papas – all of whom did their part to advance rock musically that year – were overlooked in favor of the New Vaudeville Band's decidedly retrograde "Winchester Cathedral."
In 1979, the Best New Artist Award Grammy could have gone to Elvis Costello or the Cars. But this was the height of the disco era, so they chose to reward A Taste of Honey, whose "Boogie Oogie Oogie" topped the charts. They had one more Top 10 hit, a cover of Kyu Sakamoto's 1963 ballad "Sukiyaki" in 1981 and were never heard from again.
Check Out the Worst Grammy Snubs
Even when they try to move with the times, they can't get it right. By 1989, hard rock and metal had become too big and important for them to lump in with the rest of rock and were given their own category. But instead of rewarding Metallica's masterpiece, ...And Justice for All, they went with Crest of a Knave by Jethro Tull. Of course, Tull have done some great work in their career, but Crest of a Knave could hardly have been considered hard rock or metal.
We also acknowledge that some of the most important names in rock history – Led Zeppelin, the Doors, Jimi Hendrix and the Who – never won Grammys. And all of this is not even including the countless number of brilliant songs and albums that didn't even get nominated. But that's also why Ultimate Classic Rock runs its own awards at the end of every year.