Exploring The Rock Winners

A closer look at the Foo Fighters' Rock Field sweep at the 54th GRAMMYs
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    Foo Fighters with producer Butch Vig
February 13, 2012 -- 4:15 pm PST

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

Aside from a shared penchant for musical excellence, alt-rockers Foo Fighters and neo-soul diva Adele wouldn't seem to have anything in common. But at Sunday's 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards, the two acts found some common ground as they emerged as two of the biggest winners. By capturing every rock award they were nominated for, Foo Fighters brought their total career tally to 11 GRAMMYs and became the first act ever to sweep the field. When you consider that the award for Best Long Form Video went to director James Moll for Foo Fighters: Back And Forth, the band's showing Sunday seems all the more impressive. Here, we take a closer look at the Foo Fighters' domineering 54th GRAMMY sweep.

Best Rock Performance
Foo Fighters, "Walk"

It was a race between the Foo Fighters, Mumford & Sons, the Decemberists, Coldplay, and Radiohead, but the GRAMMY in this singles-oriented category ultimately went to Foos for their curiously introspective rocker, "Walk." Putting the perfect cap on their GRAMMY win, the band performed a blistering interpretation of "Walk" on an outdoor stage during Sunday night's GRAMMY telecast, complete with a wild-eyed introduction by comedian/actor Jack Black.

Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance
Foo Fighters, "White Limo"

Going up against bands with apocalyptic names such as Megadeth, Mastodon and Dream Theater, and punk rockers Sum 41, Foo Fighters emerged victorious for their punk-inflected track, "White Limo." Similar to many of their songs, "White Limo" finds Grohl and company juxtaposing humor with musical intensity.

Best Rock Song
Foo Fighters, "Walk"

Most rock fans know that Foo Fighters' frontman Dave Grohl initially earned fame as the drummer for grunge rock pioneers Nirvana. But in that band's tragic aftermath, perhaps no one could have guessed that Grohl would go on to front his own post-grunge posse. on Sunday night's GRAMMY telecast, Grohl and company nabbed Best Rock Song honors for "Walk," a track that could easily be interpreted as a nostalgic ode to Grohl's old band. Lyrics such as "Do you remember the days/We built these paper mountains/Then sat and watched them burn" could certainly apply to Nirvana and their penchant for burning the candle at both ends. Additionally, "Walk" was produced by Butch Vig, who also oversaw the recording of Nirvana's magnum opus, Nevermind.

Best Rock Album
Foo Fighters, Wasting Light

The Best Rock Album competition was a tight race, featuring well-deserved nominations for Jeff Beck, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Wilco, and Kings Of Leon. But Foo Fighters took the trophy for their album, Wasting Light. Backstage at Sunday's GRAMMY Awards ceremony, Grohl attributed the album’s rough-hewn appeal to the fact that is was recorded in his garage.

"To me this award means a lot because it shows that the human element of making music is what's most important," said Grohl upon accepting the award for Best Rock Performance. "Singing into a microphone, learning to play an instrument and learning to do your craft — that's the most important thing for people to do. It's not about being perfect. It's not about sounding absolutely correct. It's not about what goes on in a computer. It's about what goes on [in your heart] and what goes on [in your head]. Long live rock and roll."

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