AVENGED SEVENFOLD frontman M. Shadows says that the band's Grammy nomination for "Best Rock Song" for "The Stage" was "a nice surprise." It's the first-ever Grammy nod for the Southern California-based group comprised of Shadows, guitarists Synyster Gates and Zacky Vengeance, bassist Johnny Christ and drummer Brooks Wackerman.
Also nominated in the "Best Rock Song" category were METALLICA's "Atlas, Rise!", K.FLAY's "Blood In The Cut", NOTHING MORE's "Go To War" and FOO FIGHTERS' "Run".
"Every year the nominations have come out, and we've had some pretty big records, and every year we've never gotten anything," the singer told Los Angeles Times. "So we kind of wrote it off as, 'We're probably never going to get one, and that's the way it is.' So it was a nice surprise."
Asked if the nomination feels like a validation, Shadows said: "It's coming at a good time for us. I think when we were younger, all these things were, like — we don't care about the awards, we were just kind of out there. And I think some perspective on our career and perspective on how these things work, we're just really grateful at this point in our lives to be able to get the nod and show up. and it's rock song, so it's a televised award and we're really grateful for that. And to be in there with FOO FIGHTERS and METALLICA and all those bands, we're just excited. We're going against some Goliaths, but it's not about the win. We're just really happy to be recognized."
The 60th annual Grammy Awards, which will be held on Sunday, January 28, 2018 at Madison Square Garden in New York City and broadcast on CBS at 7:30 p.m. ET.
The Grammys are voted on by approximately 13,000 Recording Academy members, who are comprised of artists, songwriters, producers and engineers. More than 22,000 recordings were submitted for Grammys consideration this year. For 2018 awards, music must have been released between October 1, 2016 and September 30, 2017 in order to be eligible.
"The Stage" is the title track of AVENGED SEVENFOLD's latest album, which will be re-released as a "deluxe edition" on December 15.
The band's 2018 North American arena headlining tour will kick off January 12 at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville with special guests BREAKING BENJAMIN and BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE.