Mastodon’s Bill Kelliher Says Losing A GRAMMY To Tenacious D Was “A Bit Of A Kick In The Balls”


Back in 1989, Jethro Tull beat out Metallica for the ‘Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance Vocal or Instrumental’ at the GRAMMY Awards. While that will hopefully remain the most controversial misstep when it comes to the actual awards being handed out in the metal scene, Tenacious D winning over of Slipknot, Motörhead, Anthrax and Mastodon back in 2015 with a Dio cover didn’t sit well with many.

Speaking recently with The Sydney Morning Herald, Mastodon‘s Bill Kelliher described their 2015 loss as being “a bit of a kick in the balls.” He said of that and becoming an official member of the GRAMMY committee for hard rock and heavy metal:

“I thought it was my chance to step up and do this for the community. No one takes [the awards] seriously, because it’s always the same fucking people that win every year. Like: ‘oh, look, it’s Dave Grohl again!’ [In 2015], we lost to Jack Black and Tenacious D. That was a bit of a kick in the balls, because they’re a comedy duo.”

Thankfully for Kelliher, Mastodon themselves bounced back, winning the ‘Best Metal Performance’ for their song “Sultan’s Curse” earlier this year.

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