For more than three hours last night, the Grammy Awards took over CBS to celebrate the biggest music releases from the past year.
While a long list of artists took to the stage – including rap, country, Latin, hip-hop, R&B and jazz – rock was conspicuously absent from the proceedings.
All of the rock categories, including the metal and alternative awards, were presented during the “Premiere Ceremony,
a pre-telecast event in which the Recording Academy honored more than 80 other winners deemed less worthy of television airtime.
Foo Fighters swept the three rock categories this year: Best Rock Album, Best Rock Song and Best Rock Performance.
The band was originally scheduled to perform during the televised portion of the awards but pulled out following the recent death of drummer Taylor Hawkins.
The Recording Academy opted against replacing Foo Fighters, leaving a giant rock hole in the program.
Such a decision would be understandable if there weren’t obvious alternate options, but that wasn’t the case this year.
Two legendary acts – AC/DC and Paul McCartney – were multi-nominees. Wolfgang Van Halen, a rising star from a family of rock royalty, could have also fit the bill.
In recent years, Elton John, Sting, U2 and Aerosmith each performed alongside other artists.