As BLABBERMOUTH.NET reported last night, British metal legends JUDAS PRIEST have been nominated for two awards at for the 51th annual Grammy Awards, which will be held on Sunday, February 8, 2009 at Staples Center in Los Angeles. The band is up for "Best Hard Rock" performance for "Visions" as well as "Best Metal Performance" for "Nostradamus" (the song). PRIEST guitarist Glenn Tipton commented, "It's great to be nominated again for two Grammys and maybe this time, after over 35 years of flying the metal flag — maybe just maybe — we might get one!!"
The nominees in the "Hard Rock", "Metal", "Rock Instrumental" and "Rock" categories are as follows:
Best Hard Rock Performance:
DISTURBED - "Inside The Fire"
JUDAS PRIEST - "Visions"
THE MARS VOLTA - "Wax Simulacra"
MÖTLEY CRÜE - "Saints Of Los Angeles"
ROB ZOMBIE - "Lords Of Salem"
Best Metal Performance:
DRAGONFORCE - "Heroes Of Our Time"
JUDAS PRIEST - "Nostradamus"
METALLICA - "My Apocalypse"
MINISTRY - "Under My Thumb"
SLIPKNOT - "Psychosocial"
For the first time, nominations were announced on prime-time television as part of "The Grammy Nominations Concert Live!! - Countdown To Music's Biggest Night". The one-hour special — broadcast live on CBS from Nokia Theatre L.A Live — featured past Grammy winners and nominees reading nominations in several categories, as well as performing songs from the Grammy Hall Of Fame in celebration of the grand opening of the Grammy Museum.
Grammy ballots for the final round of voting will be mailed on December 17 to the voting members of The Recording Academy. They are due back to the accounting firm Deloitte by January 14, 2009, when they will be tabulated and the results kept secret until the telecast.
The 51st annual Grammy Awards will be broadcast live in high-definition TV and 5.1 surround sound on CBS from 8 to 11:30 p.m. (ET/PT).