TENACIOUS D Wins 'Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance' GRAMMY Award
February 8, 2015
TENACIOUS D was honored with a Grammy in the "Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance" category in the pre-telecast ceremony at the 57th annual Grammy Awards, which is being held tonight (Sunday, February 8) at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. TENACIOUS D was nominated for its cover version of the DIO classic "The Last In Line", from the "Ronnie James Dio - This Is Your Life" tribute album.
The nominees in the "Best Metal Performance" category were as follows:
ANTHRAX - "Neon Knights" Track from: "Ronnie James Dio - This Is Your Life" Label: Rhino
MASTODON – "High Road" Track from: "Once More 'Round The Sun" Label: Reprise
SLIPKNOT – "The Negative One" Label: Roadrunner Records
TENACIOUS D – "The Last In Line" Track from: "Ronnie James Dio - This Is Your Life" Label: Rhino
Also nominated in the "Best Music Film" category was METALLICA's IMAX 3D concert film, "Metallica Through The Never".
"Ronnie James Dio - This Is Your Life" was released in April 2014 via Rhino.
"Dio was the master," Jack Black of TENACIOUS D told Music For Good. "He was the Pavarotti of heavy metal vocalists. [He had] soaring melodies and a lion's roar to match. He was also one of the coolest guys I've ever had the honor of meeting. No one could touch his brilliance… on or off the stage."
"It's hard not to pick a great Dio track… but this one appealed to us," Kyle Gass said of "The Last In Line". "Recording the track was a blast. Our electric guitarist, John Konesky, shredded a solo. I said, 'That's pretty good, but let's try out my recorder.' Lo and behold, it shredded even more and added a unique element to the track."
Gass fondly remembered Ronnie's cameo in TENACIOUS D's musical comedy film "The Pick Of Destiny", telling Music For Good: "Dio obviously has been a major influence and inspiration for the D. His performance in 'The Pick Of Destiny' was a magical moment for us, and we'll always miss him. Rock on, Dio."
This year's Grammy Awards process registered more than 20,000 submissions over a 12-month eligibility period (October 1, 2013 - September 30, 2014),of which 17,144 remained valid.
Final ballots went out on December 17, 2014, and were due on January 16, 2015. After the final tabulation of votes, winners' names — in 83 categories in 30 fields — remained confidential in sealed envelopes until the 57th annual Grammy Awards.
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