The 2024 Grammy Awards are this weekend, and the ceremony will feature some significant rock representation.
Three legendary rock acts have been confirmed for the ceremony. Joni Mitchell is going to be performing at the Grammy Awards for the first time ever. The iconic singer-songwriter is nominated for Best Folk Album for her 2023 live album, Joni Mitchell At Newport.
Billy Joel is also going to be performing at the Grammy Awards this year. The Piano Man will perform his new single, “Turn The Lights Back On.” It’ll be the first time Joel has taken to the Grammy stage since 1994. Back then, he famously stopped during his performance of “River of Dreams” as a mini-protest against Grammy producers. Shortly before Joel’s performance, producers cut Frank Sinatra’s Grammy Legend Award speech short and went to commercial, thus, cutting off the Chairman of the Board’s speech.
Finally, U2 has been confirmed for the 2024 Grammys. The band’s performance will take place at the Sphere in Las Vegas, which will be the first time a performance will be broadcast from the new venue.
In addition to the performances, there’s some stiff competition in the rock/metal/alternative field.
Among the rock/metal/alternative field, boygenius led the way with four nominations. The female power trio was also nominated for Record of the Year and Album of the Year in the General Field categories. Meanwhile, Foo Fighters, Metallica and Arctic Monkeys received three nominations in the rock/metal/alternative field.
So, who is going to take home these rock/metal/alternative Grammy Awards this year? I have made my choices below and listed my reasons why.
The 2024 GRAMMYs, officially known as the 66th GRAMMY Awards, will air live (8:00-11:30 PM, LIVE ET/5:00-8:30 PM, LIVE PT) on CBS and will stream on Paramount+. (Live and on-demand for Paramount+ with SHOWTIME subscribers.)