Black Sabbath frontman Ozzy Osbourne said in a statement that the band is "ecstatic, surprised and very happy" about its multiple Grammy nominations, which were announced on Sunday night (December 8th) at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles. The reunited act earned three nods this year, for Best Rock Album for 13 plus Best Metal Performance and Best Rock Song for "God Is Dead?," the record's first single.
- Bassist Geezer Butler, who wrote the lyrics, told us earlier this year what "God Is Dead?" was about: "It's about this guy that sets out to prove that God is still alive, and he has this voice in his head saying that God's dead, and he can't get rid of the voice telling him, so he goes out and kills everybody."
- Sabbath last won a Grammy in 2000, also in the Best Metal Performance category, for a live version of "Iron Man" from its concert album Reunion.
- The 56th annual Grammy Awards will take place Sunday, January 26th at the Los Angeles Staples Center and will be broadcast live at 8:00 p.m. ET on CBS.
- 13, the first Sabbath album in 35 years to feature Butler, Osbourne and guitarist Tony Iommi, went Number One around the world, earning the band their first chart-topper ever in the U.S.
- Black Sabbath will return to North America in 2014 for 10 shows that will be among the last in support of 13.
WHAT DO YOU THINK??
- Are the Grammy nominations for Sabbath well-deserved?
- Do you think that with the band being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame seven years ago, and now this, the music industry finally respects this band's accomplishments?
INTERNET COMMENTS at Blabbermouth -- agree or not?
Ian Eagling wrote: "Good for them. Not my favorite track on the album, but it is what it is."
Johnny Dialtech DeCarlo wrote: "Nice to see Sabbath nominated."
Sam Reimer wrote: "What's to be surprised about? It was one of the most successful hard/heavy albums of the year. The funny thing is the only other times they got nominated was for live recordings. I'm sure they'll be the winners here."
Jesse Sikora wrote: "I couldn't be happier, God Is Dead is my favorite song on the album!!!"
CHECK IT OUT: Watch the video for "God Is Dead?"
Black Sabbath's Geezer Butler On 'God Is Dead?'
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