Judas Priest have been honoured with a Grammy in the Best Metal Performance category. The award was bestowed upon the band during the pre-telecast ceremony at the 52nd annual Grammy Awards which are currently underway at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. Judas Priest was nominated for “Dissident Aggressor,” a track from the band’s 2009 live album A Touch of Evil: Live. Lead vocalist Rob Halford and drummer Scott Travis accepted the award.
“The fifth time is the charm,” said Halford during his acceptance speech. He went on to mention that Judas Priest has been making metal for twenty-five years and still love what they do. He also thanked the radio stations and press that supported the band and then dedicated the award to heavy metal fans everywhere.
The nominees in this year’s Metal category were as follows:
Judas Priest – “Dissident Aggressor” (from A Touch of Evil: Live)
Lamb of God – “Set to Fail” (from Wrath)
Megadeth – “Head Crusher” (from Endgame)
Ministry - "Señor Peligro" (from Adios...)
Slayer – “Hate Worldwide” (from World Painted Blood)
The only albums considered for this year’s Grammys were those released from October 1, 2008 through August 31, 2009. The nominees are determined by 12,000 music industry professionals, all of which belong to the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS).
A complete list of Grammy nominees can be found here.