SLAYER was honored with a Grammy in the "Best Metal Performance" category in the pre-telecast ceremony at the 49th annual Grammy Awards, which are being held tonight (Sunday, February 11) at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The nominees in the "Metal" category were as follows:
LAMB OF GOD - "Redneck"
MASTODON - "Colony Of Birchmen"
MINISTRY - "Lies, Lies, Lies"
SLAYER - "Eyes Of The Insane"
STONE SOUR - "30/30-150"
This was SLAYER's second Grammy nomination, the first being in 2002 for the track "Disciple" (from "God Hates Us All"), also in the "Best Metal Performance" category.
SLAYER, currently headlining a North American tour, did not attend the Grammys presentation, but vocalist/bassist Tom Araya had this to say about the win from his hotel room in Columbus, OH: "Jeff [Hanneman] and I put a lot into 'Eyes of the Insane' so we're thrilled that the Grammy voters took the time to listen to it, and then vote for it. We're out here on the road and we're all really, really happy."
In a recent interview with John Foxworthy of Garage Radio, SLAYER guitarist Kerry King stated about the band's Grammy nomination, "[I] don't even care. Our fans don't give a shit and that's the most important thing to me. I mean, if they want it ... well, they probably want us to win, but just so they can say 'Fuck those other guys.' It's not gonna make us any better. People may look at us differently, but not anybody that's a SLAYER fan. You know what I mean?"