While The Grammys have never been known as champion for heavy music and culture, last night's awards presentation delivered the kind of sting that felt almost intentional.
Just prior to running the annual "In Memoriam" segment of the show, where The Recording Academy acknowledges the artists that have passed throughout the year, show host Trevor Noah introduced a tribute video to departed Foo FIghters' drummer Taylor Hawkins. The band was scheduled to perform during the show broadcast but in the wake of the recent tragedy, they have since cancelled everything - understandably.
Following the tribute to Taylor Hawkins, the In Memoriam segment rolled on - paying tribute to the likes of Rolling Stones' drummer Charlie Watt, Woodstock founder Michael Lang, Dusty Hill of ZZ Top, Screaming Trees frontman Mark Lanegan and unmistakable Meat Loaf, there was one glowing omission that seemed almost intentional.
Founding Slipknot drummer Joey Jordison died on July 26th, 2021 at just 46 years young. As a member of the band, Jordison was nominated several times for a Grammy Award and in 2006, he and the band took home the hardware for Best Metal Performance for the song "Before I Forget."
Jordison was not included in the Grammy tribute.
Among the additional head-scratching omissions include Megaforce Records founder Jon Zazula and iconic rock photographer Mick Rock. Zazula was a pillar in the world of heavy music and credited with discovering Metallica. Rock's photography has produced some of the culture's most memorable images featuring the likes of David Bowie, Queen, and Lou Reed to name just a few.