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25 artists you may not have known were nominated for (and won) Grammy Awards

December 16, 2015
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The 60th annual Grammy Awards nominations were announced today, with Nothing More earning three nominations in the rock categories and Avenged Sevenfold earning its first Grammy nomination for Best Rock Song for “The Stage.” And in the past, Grammy nominees boasted a few scene favorites such as twenty one pilots and the Killers, but music’s biggest night sometimes feels like it doesn’t reflect this scene’s music.

Yet, for every Top 40 titan, the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences has recognized an act not dipped in commercial glitz. You know Green Day, Nirvana, and Nine Inch Nails all netted gramophones—but did you know My Chemical Romance were nominees? Or that both Weezer and Linkin Park have been stamped Grammy-Award-winners? Here are some surprising artists who once vied for that sparkling Victrola.

Read more: Foo Fighters, Nothing More, Portugal. The Man, more receive Grammy nominations

Nominations: 2007 Best Music Video: “Writing On the Walls”
2010 Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package: Lost in the Sound of Separation [Deluxe Edition]
Beaten By: OK Go, “Here It Goes Again” music video
Neil Young, Neil Young: The Archives Vol. 1 1963-1972


Nominations: 2008 Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package: The Black Parade
Beaten By: What It Is!: Funky Soul and Rare Grooves (1967-1977)


Nominations: 2005 Best Metal Performance: “The End of Heartache”
2014 Best Metal Performance, “In Due Time”
Beaten By: Motörhead, “Whiplash”
Black Sabbath, “God Is Dead?”


Nominations:  1999 Best Rock Album: Celebrity Skin
1999 Best Rock Song: Billy Corgan, Eric Erlandson, Courtney Love “Celebrity Skin”
1999 Best Rock Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group: “Celebrity Skin”
2000 Best Rock Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group: “Malibu”
Beaten By:  Sheryl Crow, The Globe Sessions
Alanis Morissette, “Uninvited”
Aerosmith, “Pink”
Everlast and Santana, “Put Your Lights On”


Nominations: 2005 Best Rock Album: Hot Fuss
2005 Best Rock Song: “Somebody Told Me”
2005 Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal: “Somebody Told Me”
2006 Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal: “Mr. Brightside”
2006 Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal: “All These Things That I’ve Done”
2007 Best Rock Song: “When You Were Young”
2007 Best Short Form Music Video: “When You Were Young”
Beaten By: Green Day, American Idiot
U2, “Vertigo”
U2, “Vertigo” (yeah, they won both)
Maroon 5, “ This Love (Live)”
U2, “Sometimes You Can’t Make It On Your Own”
Red Hot Chilli Peppers, “Dani California”
OK Go, “Here It Goes Again” music video


Nominations: 2004 Best Alternative Music Album, Fever To Tell
2007 Best Alternative Music Album, Show Your Bones
2010 Best Alternative Music Album, It’s Blitz!
Beaten By: The White Stripes, Elephant
Gnarls Barkley, St. Elsewhere
Phoenix, Wolfgang Amadeus PhoeniX


Nominations: 2006 Best New Artist
Beaten By: John Legend


Nominations: 2005 Best Alternative Music Album, Good News for People Who Love Bad News
2005 Best Rock Song, “Float On”
Beaten By: Wilco, A Ghost Is Born
U2, “Vertigo”


Nominations: 1999 Best Hard Rock Performance, “The Dope Show”
2001 Best Metal Performance, “Astonishing Panorama of the Endtimes”
2004 Best Metal Performance, “mOBSCENE”
2013 Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance, “No Reflection”
Beaten By: Jimmy Page and Robert Plant, “Most High”
Deftones, “Elite”
Metallica, “St. Anger”
Halestorm, “Love Bites (So Do I)


Nomainations:  2006 Best Alternative Music Album, Plans
2007 Best Video, Long Form, Directions
2007 Best Pop Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group, “I Will Follow You Into the Dark”
2009 Best Alternative Music Album, Narrow Stairs
2009 Best Rock Song, “I Will Possess Your Heart”
2010 Best Alternative Music Album, The Open Door
2012 Best Alternative Music Album, Codes and Keys
Beaten By:  The White Stripes, Get Behind Me Satan
Bruce Springsteen, Wings For Wheels: The Making of Born to Run
The Black Eyed Peas, “My Humps”
Radiohead, In Rainbows
Bruce Springsteen, “Girls in Their Summer Clothes”
Phoenix, Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
Bon Iver, Bon Iver


Nominations:  1990 Best Metal Performance, The Real Thing
1991 Best Hard Rock Performance, “Epic”
1993 Best Hard Rock Performance, “Angel Dust”
Beaten By:
Metallica, “One”
Living Colour, Time’s Up
Red Hot Chili Peppers, “Give It Away”


Nominations: 1993 Best Alternative Music Performance, Wish
2001 Best Alternative Music Performance, Bloodflowers
Beaten By: Tom Waits, Bone Machine
Radiohead, Kid A


 Nominations: 1989 Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance, Vocal or Instrumental, Nothing’s Shocking
1991 Best Hard Rock Performance, Ritual de lo Habitual
1992 Best Rock Song, “Been Caught Stealing”
1992 Best Rock Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group, “Been Caught Stealing”
2004 Best Hard Rock Performance, “Just Because”
Beaten By: Jethro Tull, Crest of a Knave
Living Colour, Time’s Up
Sting, “The Soul Cages”
Bonnie Raitt and Delbert McClinton, “Good Man, Good Woman”
Evanescence & Paul McCoy, “Bring Me To Life”


Nominations: 2009 Best Hard Rock Performance, “Inside the Fire”
2017 Best Rock Performance, “The Sound Of Silence”

Beaten By: The Mars Volta, “Wax Simulacra”
David Bowie, ​”Blackstar” 


Nominations: 2017 Best Rock Album, Death Of A Bachelor
Beaten By: Cage The Elephant, Tell Me I’m Pretty 


Nominations: 2017 Best Rock Album, California
Beaten By: Cage The Elephant, Tell Me I’m Pretty 


Written by Lee Mckinstry