HALESTORM frontwoman Lzzy Hale spoke to Entertainment Weekly about being nominated for a Grammy this year in the "Rock Performance" category after previously winning the "Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance" trophy in 2013 for "Love Bites (So Do I)". Asked if she feels comfortable with being slotted into different categories when it comes to labels of genres, Lzzy said: "It's so difficult, I think, for everyone to figure out where you belong. We listen to a lot of different things, but our roots are based in rock. We're a rock band. We're friends with all the metal guys and a lot of those bands have taken us under their wing. But [with] the first [nomination], you're surrounded by these metal [groups] that do influence you but you're not a metal band. So this time it's nice to have a more even playing field.
"A great thing that came out of being in the hard rock/metal category is that there were a lot of young girls that kind of freaked out in a good way. As in, 'Wow, that's possible that a girl can win a Grammy under that category.' So just in our world, there were waves that we saw just from fans [saying], 'When I saw you win, that meant that I wasn't crazy for loving this heavy music and I wasn't crazy for trying to pursue this. It's possible.'"
As for how it feels being nominated for a second time, Lzzy said: "It's just so different now, because we've been working for years. The first time felt like, 'Wow, somebody threw us a bone.' But this time it's, like, 'These are our peers and we're being recognized among them and we're like a real band, guys!' So we're excited. It turns out it doesn't get old."
This year, HALESTORM is nominated for "Uncomfortable", a song from the "Vicious" album it released last year.
Last July, Hale told the Associated Press that she an her bandmates take the criticism they get in stride.
"We're on our fourth record on a major label and we won a Grammy Award, and there's this misconception that you've had the success and therefore it gets easier," she said. "It really doesn't because you've put so much out in the world and you're, like, 'Okay, what's next?'"
Hosted by Alicia Keys, the 61st annual Grammy Awards will be broadcast tonight (Sunday, February 10) live from Staples Center in Los Angeles in HDTV and 5.1 surround sound on the CBS television network at 8:00 p.m. ET/5:00 p.m. PT.