Foo Fighters Sweep Rock

  • Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl
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This piece could end there since the Foo Fighters' Wasting Light swept the rock categories at the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards. But let's dive deeper.

During the Pre-Telecast Ceremony, a gum-chewing Dave Grohl accepted the band's first GRAMMY of the day for Best Long Form Music Video for the documentary released alongside their album, Foo Fighters: Back And Forth. The documentary covers the 16-year history of the band, including the tough, somewhat awkward start they had coming out of the ashes of one of the most famous rock bands of all time, Nirvana.

The newly recombined Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance category garnered them their second win for "White Limo."

Best Rock Performance and Best Rock Song were their third and fourth GRAMMY wins, both for "Walk." These wins settled well with me, as I agree that out of the nominees, "Walk" represented the most rock and roll song of the bunch.

Their fifth GRAMMY was for Best Rock Album for Wasting Light. Grohl told the crowd about the album's modest production — how it was recorded in his home studio, his garage.  Now, I'm sure Grohl's garage is a bit different than the average person's garage, but nonetheless, the sentiment of it being raw and back to basics was there.

The only category that the Foo Fighters were nominated for but didn't win was Album Of The Year, which went to Adele's 21. But they made us rock fans proud as they played not once but twice during the telecast, performing "Walk" and then "Rope" as part of the dance segment featuring Deadmau5. Grohl got us metalheads to smile as he sported a vintage Slayer T-shirt, which was fitting since he had just joined them as winners in a GRAMMY metal category.

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