Foo Fighters, Adele, Bon Iver, Skrillex – Alt Rock Takes A Bite Out Of GRAMMYs

Year after year after year I recall going to work the Monday following the GRAMMYs and talking about how once again, alt-rock was snubbed, yet again. But this year, I feel like we had some bright spots worth talking about. Foo Fighters, Adele, Skrillex and Bon Iver made me feel like our voices are at last being heard. (Although Adele is now considered a world-wide sensation, she was first embraced by alt-rock radio.)

[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Foo Fighters[/lastfm] taking home a whopping five GRAMMYs is pretty frickin’ huge.

As the band accepted the award for Best Rock Performance, Dave had this to say before they dimmed the lights on him;

“To me this award means a lot because it shows that the human element of making music is what’s most important. 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 here (placing his hand on his heart) and what goes on here (pointing at his head). Long live rock `n’ roll!”

Now, I think a lot of people are confused by Dave’s comments since less than a hour later he was playing side by side with Deadmau5, a DJ/Producer that creates all of his music on the computer. Regardless, this year’s awards felt fresher than they have in years. I’m glad they paired the two on stage.


Record of the Year

  • WINNER “Rolling In The Deep” – Adele
  • “Holocene” – Bon Iver
  • “Grenade” – Bruno Mars
  • “The Cave” – Mumford & Sons
  • “Firework” – Katy Perry

Album of the Year

  • WINNER “21” – Adele
  • “Wasting Light” – Foo Fighters
  • “Born This Way” – Lady Gaga
  • “Doo-Wops & Hooligans” – Bruno Mars
  • “Loud” – Rihanna

Adele (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Song of the Year

  • “All Of The Lights” – Kanye West, Rihanna, Kid Cudi & Fergie
  • “The Cave” – Mumford & Sons
  • “Grenade” – Bruno Mars
  • “Holocene” – Bon Iver
  • WINNER “Rolling in the Deep” – Adele

Best Rock Performance

  • “Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall” – Coldplay
  • “Down By The Water” – The Decemberists
  • WINNER “Walk” – Foo Fighters
  • “The Cave” – Mumford & Sons
  • “Lotus Flower” – Radiohead

Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance

  • “On The Backs Of Angels” – Dream Theater
  • WINNER “White Limo” – Foo Fighters
  • “Curl Of The Burl” – Mastodon
  • “Public Enemy No. 1” – Megadeth
  • “Blood In My Eyes” – Sum 41

Best Rock Song

  • “The Cave” – Mumford & Sons
  • “Down By The Water” – The Decemberists
  • “Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall” – Coldplay
  • “Lotus Flower” – Radiohead
  • WINNER “Walk” – Foo Fighters

Best Rock Album

  • “Rock ‘N’ Roll Party Honoring Les Paul” – Jeff Beck
  • WINNER “Wasting Light” – Foo Fighters
  • “Come Around Sundown” – Kings of Leon
  • “I’m With You” – Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • “The Whole Love” – Wilco

Best Alternative Music Album

  • WINNER “Bon Iver” – Bon Iver
  • “Codes And Keys” – Death Cab For Cutie
  • “Torches” – Foster The People
  • “Circuital” – My Morning Jacket
  • “The King of Limbs” – Radiohead

Sonny Moore aka Skrillex (photo: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images)

Best Dance Recording

  • “Raise Your Weapon” – Deadmau5 & Greta Svabo Bech
  • “Barbra Streisand” – Duck Sauce
  • “Sunshine” – David Guetta & Avicii
  • “Call Your Girlfriend” – Robyn
  • WINNER “Scary Monsters And Nice Sprites” – Skrillex
  • “Save The World” – Swedish House Mafia

Best Dance/Electronica Album

  • “Zonoscope” – Cut/Copy
  • “4×4=12” – Deadmau5
  • “Nothing But The Beat” – David Guetta
  • “Body Talk, Pt. 3” – Robyn
  • WINNER “Scary Monsters And Nice Sprites” – Skrillex

Best Short Form Music Video

  • WINNER “Rolling In The Deep” – Adele
  • “Yes I Know” – Memory Tapes
  • “All Is Not Lost” – OK Go
  • “Lotus Flower” – Radiohead
  • “First Of The Year (Equinox)” – Skrillex
  • “Perform This Way” – “Weird Al” Yankovic

Best Long Form Music Video

  • “I Am…World Tour” – Beyoncé
  • WINNER “Foo Fighters: Back And Forth” – Foo Fighters
  •  ”Talihina Sky: The Story Of Kings Of Leon” – Kings Of Leon
  •  ”Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels Of A Tribe Called Quest” – A Tribe Called Quest
  •  ”Nine Types Of Light” – TV On The Radio
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