A liberal touch of gray, and plenty of testosterone, mark the nominees in the rock categories for the 56th Annual Grammy Awards. And a few long-neglected rock icons have an opportunity to bring home some precious metal next month.
The reunited Black Sabbath tops all rock nominees with three nods, including Best Rock Album for “13,” its first set in 35 years with original frontman Ozzy Osbourne and the group’s first-ever No. 1 on the Billboard 200. The single “God is Dead?,” meanwhile, is up for Best Rock Song and Best Metal Performance. Sabbath has won just one Grammy before, for Best Metal Performance in 1999.
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Led Zeppelin may also walk home with its first Grammy performance award — or two. “Celebration Day,” a live set from the group’s 2007 reunion concert at London’s O2 Arena, is nominated for Best Rock Album, while “Kashmir” made the Best Rock Performance Category. Led Zep did receive a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005 and has several recordings in the Grammy Hall of Fame.
Two-time Grammy winners, and Lifetime Achievement Award recipients, the Rolling Stones have a Best Rock Song nod for “Doom and Gloom” from its 2012 “GRRR!” 50th anniversary best-of set, while David Bowie, who’s won just one Grammy before, has two nods this year — Best Rock Performance for “The Stars (Are Out Tonight)” and Best Rock Album for “The Next Day,” his first new release in 10 years. Paul McCartney, meanwhile, can add to his Grammy tally with a Best Rock Song nomination for “Cut Me Some Slack,” his collaboration with surviving Nirvana members from Dave Grohl’s “Sound City — Real to Reel” film, and his “Live Kisses” DVD in the Best Music Film category. And Neil Young will be looking for his third Grammy, and first with Crazy Horse, with “Psychedelic Pill” in the Best Rock album category.
Fans of women in rock, however, can’t help but be disappointed by this year’s nominees list. Only Neko Case, up for Best Alternative Music Album for “The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You,” and Alabama Shakes, whose “Always Alright” from the “Silver Lining Playbook” soundtrack is up for Best Rock Performance, break the gender line and can be considered longshots in their categories. Halestorm, last year’s winner for Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance — and the first female-fronted band ever to win the category — is a notable omission despite several successful singles during the eligibility period.
Queens of the Stone Age will be looking for its first Grammys with a pair of nominations, Best Rock Album for “…Like Clockwork” and Best Rock Performance for “My God is the Sun.” Jack White’s “I’m Shakin’ ” could give him his first Grammys as a solo artist in the Best Rock Performance and Best Music Video categories. Imagine Dragons, Muse, Kings of Leon, Gary Clark Jr., Anthrax, Volbeat, Dream Theater and Killswitch Engage each netted solitary nominations, while Mumford & Sons — last year’s Album of the Year victors — are up for just one this time, Best Music Film for “The Road to Red Rocks.”