Simply put, rock rocks. But with that cold hard fact in mind, this year's crop of rock nominees each rock in their own special way, representing a wide swath of styles, influences and followings. With the 62nd GRAMMY nominations now turned up loud for all to hear, let's take a deeper look at the fierce five LPs up for Best Rock Album.
amo - Bring Me The Horizon
Few bands in this (or any) category have covered as much stylistic ground as Bring Me The Horizon. And with their sixth album, amo, BMTH boldly infused their aggressive, emotional sound with electro-pop, hip-hop and EDM elements, with stunning results. The album's lead single "MANTRA" received a nomination last year, the first of the band's career, for Best Rock Song.
Social Cues - Cage The Elephant
On their fifth studio effort, Cage the Elephant dug deep, using music to cope with some serious life challenges, breaking new ground musically in the process. Social Cues seeks a repeat win in the category, as their previous album, Tell Me I'm Pretty, earned the band Best Rock Album three years ago, the first GRAMMY of their career
In The End - The Cranberries
The bittersweet arrival of In The End marks the Cranberries' final album following the death of influential lead singer Dolores O'Riordan, who is featured posthumously on the album. The eighth album of the band's long career earns them their first career GRAMMY nomination.
Trauma - I Prevail
Persevering through a serious vocal chord injury to vocalist Brian Burkeiser, Detroit's I Prevail triumph on Trauma, their sophomore LP. On the brink of falling apart, the band rallied instead, emerging to make the album they wanted to hear without outside input. They've been rewarded for their efforts with their first career GRAMMY nominations, Best Rock Album as well as Best Metal Performance for Trauma's "Bow Down."
Feral Roots - Rival Sons
This has been a breakout year for Rival Sons, co-headlining a tour with Stone Temple Pilots, paying tribute to Black Sabbath on "GRAMMY Salute to Music Legends" and dropping a game-changing Dave Cobb-produced LP, Feral Roots. Their sixth studio album shows off the band's raw, dangerous side and has now earned the group its first two career GRAMMY nominations, Best Rock Album plus Best Rock Performance for "Too Bad."