The nominees in the “Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance” category are as follows:
* DREAM THEATER – “On The Backs Of Angels”
* FOO FIGHTERS – “White Limo”
* MASTODON – “Curl Of The Burl”
* MEGADETH – “Public Enemy No. 1”
* SUM 41 – “Blood In My Eyes”
“We’re ecstatic,” James LaBrie, lead vocalist for DREAM THEATER, told Grammy.com. “Personally, I’ve already got the cleats on the bottom of my dress shoes so I can run up on the stage.” He adds, “This is [about] getting a nod, getting the recognition from the industry itself [and] giving us a little bit more of a platform as far as public awareness.”
“We were shocked when we heard about the nomination because we never imagined it would be in the realm of possibility that this might happen,” said MASTODON drummer Brann Dailor. “We never saw our music as commercially viable in any way. We’d never expected The Recording Academy to notice that we’d even existed. The fact that we’ve been nominated is nice to begin with.”
“Kenny G came up to us a little while ago — he’s got the same manager that I do — and he said, ‘Don’t feel bad, I’ve had  nominations and only won once,'” said MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine. “I still really appreciate the fact that my peers are voting me as a nominee. That’s an accomplishment in itself. This year would be great to win it.”
When asked if it’s “really metal” to win a Grammy, Dailor replied, “I’m not concerned with being ‘metal.’ I’m a musician first and foremost, and if we did win it would be validation for all our hard work that we put into writing and recording music.”
“I think when you’re doing stuff that is notoriously ‘black sheep kid in the family,’ to have people pick you shows you’re doing something right,” said Mustaine.
“I think so,” replied LaBrie. “If they’re going to label it as such, then I’m taking it.”
To be eligible for nomination, an artist’s work must have been released between October 1, 2010 and September 30, 2011.
Nominations for the 54th annual Grammy Awards were announced on November 30, 2011 by The Recording Academy and reflected an eclectic mix of the best and brightest in music over the past year, as determined by the voting members of The Academy. For the fourth year, nominations for the annual Grammy Awards were announced on primetime television as part of “The Grammy Nominations Concert Live!! — Countdown To Music’s Biggest Night“, a one-hour special broadcast live on CBS from Nokia Theatre at L.A. Live.
The 54th annual Grammy Awards will be held on “Grammy Sunday,” February 12 at Staples Center in Los Angeles and once again will be broadcast live in high-definition TV and 5.1 surround sound on CBS from 8 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. (ET/PT).
For a complete list of nominees, go to this location.