We were onstage in Madison, Wisconsin, when we found out that we were nominated for a GRAMMY. It was in the middle of our set, and I was settling down at the piano for our ballad, "Break In." I had just started conversing with the crowd, when I saw Joe (our guitarist) out of the corner of my eye running over to me from the other end of the stage. Joe whispered in my ear, "We just got nominated for a GRAMMY," to which I replied with a series of nearly unintelligible phrases.
The look of shock on my face must have said it all, because the front row started screaming "What? What!?" I turned to the audience and announced, "We just got nominated for a GRAMMY!" The crowd went apes***! None of us expected to get nominated; it was a dream, and something you say in passing, a silent wish. That dream has now come true.
Thank you so much to [the GRAMMY voters] for giving us our first GRAMMY nomination! It was the cherry on top of an incredible year. Here's to us!
— Lzzy Hale
(Halestorm — comprising vocalist Lzzy Hale, drummer Arejay Hale, guitarist Joe Hottinger, and bassist Josh Smith — are nominated for Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance for "Love Bites (So Do I)." The song is the lead track from their 2012 album, The Strange Case Of …, which peaked at No. 15 on the Billboard 200.)
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