Avenged Sevenfold Will Skip Grammy Awards In Apparent Protest

Jason Bullinger for Alternative Revolt

Avenged Sevenfold will skip this year’s Grammy Awards in apparent protest of the way the organization treats the rock and heavy metal genres.

Avenged Sevenfold is nominated for a Grammy in the “Best Rock Song” category for “The Stage”. It’s the first-ever Grammy nod for the Southern California-based rock group.

Asked by a fan on Twitter how they feel about being nominated for a Grammy, the members of Avenged Sevenfold responded: “Honored. Unfortunately, they have taken ‘Best Rock Song’ off the telecast this year so we won’t be attending. Maybe next time.”

The winners of the 60th Grammy Awards will be revealed on January 28 in a two-part ceremony, with the majority of the 84 awards handed out in a non-televised event that afternoon while a dozen or so are doled out on the CBS awardscast that evening.