Exploring The Rock Field

Go inside the nominations in the rock categories for the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards
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    Red Hot Chili Peppers
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    Radiohead's Thom Yorke
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    Kings Of Leon
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    Foo Fighters
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    Mumford & Sons
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    Sum 41's Deryck Whibley
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    Dream Theater's James LaBrie and John Petrucci
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    The Decemberists' Colin Meloy
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    Jeff Beck
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February 08, 2012 -- 5:09 pm PST

You've seen the list of nominees, now take a closer look at the artists nominated in the Rock Field for the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards.

The list of nominees in the Rock Field seems even more eclectic than usual, with bands representing the broadest range of rock subgenres to date, including funk, folk and progressive rock, punk/emo, alt-country, electronica, Americana, and heavy metal. There's even a classic rock stalwart: British guitar virtuoso and eight-time GRAMMY winner Jeff Beck. And there's plenty of new blood represented in the field, with folky upstarts Mumford & Sons and the Decemberists squaring off against heavy metal renegades Mastodon and GRAMMY-winning crowd-pleasers such as Coldplay, Foo Fighters and Radiohead.

Best Rock Performance
A resurgence of folk rock is reflected in the nominations for Mumford & Sons' "The Cave" and the Decemberists' Dylanesque "Down By The Water." Mumford & Sons earned their first GRAMMY nominations in 2010 for Best New Artist and Best Rock Song for "Little Lion Man," while the Decemberists are making their GRAMMY debut. Alternative rockers Radiohead return to the nominees circle with their snake-charming dance track "Lotus Flower," while GRAMMY winners Foo Fighters make the competition stiffer with their introspective rocker "Walk." Rounding out the category are GRAMMY winners Coldplay, whose rousing single "Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall" introduced their latest album Mylo Xyloto.

Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance
Living up to the title of their 2011 album, A Dramatic Turn Of Events, East Coast progressive metal stalwarts Dream Theater earned their first GRAMMY nomination for their track "On The Backs Of Angels." Also making their first GRAMMY bow is Sum 41 for their hellfire love song "Blood In My Eyes." Atlanta-based heavy metalists Mastodon scored their second career GRAMMY nomination for their bottom-heavy rocker "Curl Of The Burl." The band earned their first nomination in 2006 for Best Metal Performance for "Colony Of Birchmen." Six-time GRAMMY winners Foo Fighters are nominated for their punk-influenced track "White Limo," while thrash metal pioneers Megadeth rack up their 10th career nomination for their tooth-gnashing ode to corruption, "Public Enemy No. 1."

Best Rock Song
In the Best Rock Song category the competition is a virtual clone of the Best Rock Performance race. The category finds folk-rockers Mumford & Sons and the Decemberists hoping to stake claims on their first GRAMMY for "The Cave" (written by band members Ted Dwane, Ben Lovett, Marcus Mumford, and Country Winston) and "Down By The Water" (penned by frontman Colin Meloy), respectively. Foo Fighters hope to stroll off with yet another trophy for their group-penned "Walk," while seven-time GRAMMY winners Coldplay look to add to their GRAMMY collection for their appropriately torrential single "Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall," co-written by bandmates Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland, Will Champion, and Chris Martin. Three-time GRAMMY winners Radiohead are up for their mysterious dance track "Lotus Flower," co-written by the band's Colin Greenwood, Jonny Greenwood, Ed O'Brien, Phil Selway, and Thom Yorke.

Best Rock Album
Pitting a classic rocker against his disciples, the Best Rock Album contest finds influential British guitarist Jeff Beck competing for his ninth GRAMMY with his '50s-styled album, Rock 'N' Roll Party Honoring Les Paul. Newfangled Southern rockers Kings Of Leon are looking to lock down their fourth GRAMMY win for their acclaimed 2010 album, Come Around Sundown. Multiple nominees Foo Fighters snagged yet another nod for Wasting Light, which is also an Album Of The Year contender, while funk-rock trailblazers the Red Hot Chili Peppers are up for their latest album, I'm With You. Looking to earn their second GRAMMY win is the ever unclassifiable Wilco, who capture a nomination for their delectably experimental 2011 masterwork, The Whole Love.

Who will take home the awards in the Rock Field categories? Tune in to the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards on Feb. 12, taking place at Staples Center in Los Angeles and airing live on CBS from 8–11:30 p.m. (ET/PT).

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