Grammy Predictions: The Rock & Alternative Categories

Paul Grein
Yahoo Music

Black Sabbath has won just one Grammy in its long career, but that is sure to change this year. The metal pioneers are nominated for three Grammys in the rock field this year. The band's "God Is Dead?" is a cinch to win in the category of Best Metal Performance. The band won in this category for 1999's "Iron Man." Band member Ozzy Osbourne also won on his own with 1993's "I Don't Want To Change The World."

The other nominees in the category are Anthrax's "T.N.T.," Dream Theater's "The Enemy Inside," Killswitch Engage's "In Due Time" and "Room 24" by Volbeat featuring King Diamond.

"God Is Dead?" may just bring band members Geezer Butler, Tony Iommi & Ozzy Osbourne a second award for Best Rock Song. They'll be facing The Rolling Stones' "Doom And Gloom" (written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards), Muse's "Panic Station" (written by the band's Matthew Bellamy), Dave Grohl's "Cut Me Some Slack" (which he co-wrote with Paul McCartney, Krist Novoselic & Pat Smear) and Gary Clark Jr.'s "Ain't Messin' 'Round."

Black Sabbath's album "13" is nominated for Best Rock Album, but the glut of veteran acts in the category may work against the band. Four of the finalists have been recording since 1970 or earlier, which may well split the votes of older Grammy voters. This could work to the advantage of the two newer acts in the running, Queens of the Stone Age and Kings of Leon. Queens of the Stone Age's "…Like Clockwork" looks like the winner. The album entered The Billboard 200 at #1. Also, it is nominated for Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical, a sign that it is on the Grammy radar.

The other nominees are Kings Of Leon's "Mechanical Bull," David Bowie's "The Next Day," Led Zeppelin's "Celebration Day" and "Psychedelic Pill" by Neil Young with Crazy Horse.

As a Record of the Year finalist, Imagine Dragons' "Radioactive" is the front-runner to win for Best Rock Performance. But Imagine Dragons can't pick up additional awards in the rock field. The band's smash "Radioactive" inexplicably wasn't entered for Best Rock Song. Its hit album "Night Visions" wasn't eligible for Best Rock Album: It was released and entered in the previous eligibility year.

The other nominees for Best Rock Performance include a live recording of Led Zeppelin's 1975 classic "Kashmir" (drawn from its live album, "Celebration Day") and Jack White's "I'm Shakin'" (taken from his solo debut album, "Blunderbuss," which was a finalist for Best Rock Album last year). Also nominated: Alabama Shakes's "Always Alright" (from the "Silver Linings Playbook" soundtrack), David Bowie's "The Stars (Are Out Tonight)" and Queens Of The Stone Age's "My God Is The Sun."

Vampire Weekend's "Modern Vampires Of The City" is the front-runner to win for Best Alternative Music Album. The album entered The Billboard 200 at #1. It finished #1 on Rolling Stone's list of the year's 50 best albums.

The other nominees are Nine Inch Nails' "Hesitation Marks," Neko Case's "The Worse Things Get…," The National's "Trouble Will Find Me" and Tame Impala's "Lonerism."