LAMB OF GOD, CONVERGE, SATYRICON and — DARKTHRONE? Those are the unlikely alternate Grammy nominees suggested to MSNBC recently by "Sound of the Beast" author Ian Christe. "Then again," Christe told the Microsoft-backed news network, "DARKTHRONE already refused their nomination for the Norwegian version of the awards. These back-slapping events are viewed by most metalheads with a lot of skepticism." [Read BLABBERMOUTH.NET story here]Christe also told MSNBC this year's real Grammy nominees for Metal Performance (CRADLE OF FILTH, MOTÖRHEAD, HATEBREED, KILSWITCH ENGAGE, and SLIPKNOT) are "a shock... they actually represent what metal kids are into — instead of the usual out-of-date record company executive’s misunderstanding of heavy metal... All five bands nominated began on indie-specialty labels, then worked their way to the mainstream over years. Normally, I’d hope in vain that MOTÖRHEAD would win, just as an excuse to see Lemmy wearing a tuxedo. But it would really be a boon to heavy metal for any of the younger bands to take the prize. I’m leaning towards SLIPKNOT — as the most vulgar and depraved act, they fought the hardest for this kind of acceptance. You have to root for their rags to riches story — Iowa convenience store clerks who struggled on the road for years before earning their gold and platinum awards. Plus they’re nominated in two categories (Hard Rock and Metal Performance), so the odds are with them. The question is will SLIPKNOT accept the award dressed in their obscene stage costumes?" The Grammys will be handed out Feb. 13. The Metal Performance award will not be televised. Read the full article here.