Grammy’s Six Top Bands
Foo Fighters is very likely to leave Staples Center on Sunday with the Grammy for Best Rock Album. This would mark the fourth time they've won that award, which would extend their lead as the act with the most wins in the category's 18-year history. The band is nominated for Wasting Light, which in April became its first #1 album. The album is also a finalist in the overall Album of the Year category.
The band's only album since 2000 not to be crowned Best Rock Album was 2005's In Your Honor (which lost to U2's How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb.)
Why have the Foos so convincingly dominated the Rock Album category? There are a lot of reasons. Front man Dave Grohl is one of rock's good guys. He comes from a legendary band. And he earned respect for the way he kept going after Nirvana came to an abrupt end. The first Foo Fighters album came out just 15 months after Kurt Cobain's 1994 suicide.
Also, Foo Fighters' music has broad appeal to pop, rock and hard rock fans. They've won two Grammys for Best Hard Rock Performance and are nominated in the combined Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance category this year for "White Limo." Their videos are consistently entertaining. They won a Grammy for Best Short Form Music Video for 2000's "Learn To Fly" and are nominated for Best Long Form Music Video this year for Foo Fighters: Back And Forth.
Radiohead could also be headed for a fourth Grammy in the category of Best Alternative Music Album, which would also set a record. Currently, the band is tied with the White Stripes for the most wins in that category. Radiohead is nominated for The King Of Limbs. The band's chief competitors are Bon Iver's Bon Iver and Foster The People's Torches.
Three bands, Coldplay, U2 and Green Day, have taken Best Album honors in both the rock and alternative fields over the years. All three bands won first in alternative, but now are classified as rock. That's a natural evolution as a band becomes more established. (It's more striking that Radiohead and the White Stripes have kept their "alternative cred" intact for all these years and are continually placed in the alternative field.)