And The Grammy Goes To…. Megadeth!
So, those heavy metal masters, Megadeth, took home their first Grammy award for their most recent release.
Dystopia, the 15th album released by Dave Mustaine and his crew earned a Grammy for Best Metal Performance. A lot is being made of this achievement in the world of hard rock and metal. There are those of us who have listened to Megadeth since the 1980s have felt that they have been, unfairly, over shadowed by Mustaine’s former band.
Dave Mustaine was an original member of Metallica. He was unceremoniously kicked out of the band right before their Kill ‘Em All record debuted. He returned to his native California and quickly formed Megadeth. Initially, he just wanted to get his old band mates back but Megadeth proved to be a heavy metal heavyweight.
Metallica and Megadeth took turns releasing one killer thrash album after another. Even though Killing is my Business, Peace Sells, So Far So Good…SO WHAT and Rust in Peace were great records, they played second filled to Ride The Lightning, Master of Puppets and …And Justice For All. Once the 90s hit and each band become more commercially viable, The Black Album still reigned supreme over Countdown to Extinction. Metallica continued to grow their audience and worldwide appeal while Megadeth kind of stayed stagnant. Truth be told, the 2001 release of The World Needs a Hero is my favorite Megadeth album but, unless you’re a die-hard fan, you’ve probably never heard of it.
Megadeth had a string of quality releases over the next several years and headlined tours and festivals all over the world. Right now, I would say their popularity is at an all time high: hence the Grammy. Now, I am not knocking Megadeth. They are truly an all time great metal band. But (and you knew there was a but) winning a Grammy award is, dare I say, a blemish on their record. Remember, the Grammy’s gave Jethro Tull the Best Metal Performance Grammy over Metallica many moons ago. The Grammy’s and the world of mainstream pop music has never given hard rock and metal its due. In fact, they have gone out of their way to discredit many of the pioneering acts of the genre. I equate the Grammy’s to the joke that is the Rock N Roll Hall Of Fame.
I was actually surprised to see Mustaine accept the award. I would have put out a statement saying in part, “stick that Grammy up your ass”. A couple of years ago, my beloved AC/DC opened up the awards show. As great as it was to see them playing new tracks off their Rock Or Bust album, I was disgusted. In the front row were pop starlets, Hip-Hop artists and one superficial suit after another. I have no problem with pop music and rap, I just did not want to see my band playing to a bunch of apathetic spectators who probably never heard of AC/DC.
From what I have read and heard, many Megadeth fans are happy about receiving the Grammy. Dystopia really is a wonderful record but it pales in comparison to Rust in Peace, Countdown and The World Needs a Hero. Really makes you wonder why those records received nothing from the music industry but now, 30+ years and a plethora of albums later, all of a sudden the Grammy went to Megadeth. It’s all fabricated and manufactured, my friends. In my view, a lifetime achievement award would have been more appropriate.
But hey, to each their own…
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