VOLBEAT and ANTHRAX are among the nominees for the 56th annual Grammy Awards, which will be held this coming Sunday, January 26 at Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Grammy.com asked former ANTHRAX and current VOLBEAT guitarist Rob Caggiano what it feels like to be nominated twice for a Grammy this year — for his work with two different bands.
"Well, what can I say? It's an absolute honor for VOLBEAT to be nominated for a Grammy this year.
"The funny thing is that I was in Europe when the Grammy nominees were announced and I basically woke up really early one morning to my phone beeping out of control. I looked at my Twitter page with one eye and the first thing I saw were a bunch of messages saying, 'Congrats on the Grammy nomination, Rob!' For a minute, I thought I was either dreaming or still drunk from the night before. I called my manager right away to see what was going on and then it was confirmed ... VOLBEAT were indeed nominated for 'Best Metal Performance' for our song 'Room 24' (also featuring King Diamond). I was literally blown away!"
He added: "My phone continued to get flooded with flattering tweets, texts and messages over the next few hours. Out of sheer excitement, I decided to read some of the posts that were going up online (this is where it gets funny). I came across a tweet that said something to the effect of 'Congratulations, Rob, on the Grammy nomination. I hope ANTHRAX wins this year.' Huh? What? ANTHRAX? Then I got a text from a good buddy of mine expressing a similar sentiment as well as a 200-word excited message from my dad, so I called my manager back to find out more and as it turns out, I'm actually nominated twice this year!
"On the last record I did as the lead guitarist of ANTHRAX ('Anthems'), we recorded our version of the classic AC/DC song 'T.N.T.' and this song just so happens to be nominated for a Grammy in the same category as VOLBEAT.
"To say I was beyond thrilled would be a major understatement … wow!"
Read more at Grammy.com.
The nominees in the "Best Metal Performance" category are as follows:
ANTHRAX - "T.N.T."
Track from: "Anthems"
BLACK SABBATH - "God Is Dead?"
Track from: "13"
DREAM THEATER - "The Enemy Inside"
Track from: "Dream Theater"
Label: Roadrunner Records
KILLSWITCH ENGAGE - "In Due Time"
Track from: "Disarm The Descent"
Label: Roadrunner Records
VOLBEAT feat. King Diamond - "Room 24"
Track from: "Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies"
Label: Republic Records
This year's Grammy Awards process registered more than 22,000 submissions over a 12-month eligibility period (October 1, 2012 - September 30, 2013).
Grammy ballots for the final round of voting were mailed on December 11, 2013 to the voting members of The Recording Academy. They were due back to the accounting firm of Deloitte by January 8, 2014, when they were tabulated and the results kept secret until the 56th Grammy telecast.
The 56th annual Grammy Awards are produced by AEG Ehrlich Ventures for The Recording Academy. Ken Ehrlich is executive producer, and Louis J. Horvitz is director.
The Grammy Awards will air live on CBS on Sunday, January 26 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.