The 2022 Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance has been won by Dream Theater for The Alien.
The prog-metal icons took out the only metal category at the 2022 Grammy Awards, beating out Deftones (Genesis), Gojira (Amazonia), Mastodon (Pushing The Tides) and Rob Zombie (The Triumph of King Freak (A Crypt of Preservation and Superstition) for the award.
Dream Theater guitarist John Petrucci accepted the award on behalf of his band expressing his great surprise and pride in being selected for the prestigious award.
"Wow, this is absolutely insane, on behalf of the entire band, I'd like to thank the Recording Academy and everybody who voted for us. You know, they used to tell us our songs were way too long, we used weird time signatures and there were too many guitar solos. In fact, this song is in 17/8, so try to tap your foot to it. But, we just won a Grammy, so I'm glad we didn't listen... All the Dream Theater fans around the world, you guys rock! We love you. For fans of prog and prog metal, stay true to your art — it's alive and well."
Foo Fighters swept the rock categories at the awards, meanwhile the metal world had a sneaky winner in another category with Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park fame and Deftones uniting to take out the Grammy for Best Remixed Recording for Shinoda's remix of Passenger.
The Grammy Award for Best Latin Rock or Alternative Album had a sneaky metal connection as well, with the winning record Origen by Juanes the work of the artist behind this very cool version of Enter Sandman off of Metallica's Blacklist.
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