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Halestorm won the Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance last Sunday night (February 10th) and since the surprise win a number of artists have gone online to gripe about it. Drummer Arejay Hale told Noisecreep that other musicians' criticisms of his band for winning the Grammy doesn't bother him at all. He explained, "I learned a long time ago that you have to embrace the hater, because it means that the band is getting bigger . . . So if people have to take the time to say something hateful or mean for whatever reason, it means the band is growing more and more and that more fans are finding out about us and that's a valuable thing."

Halestorm won for the track "Love Bites (So Do I)" from the band's 2012 album The Strange Case Of . . . , beating out long-established acts like Marilyn Manson and Iron Maiden. Hale added about the Grammy complaints, "We're not offended by that stuff at all. We think people should be as honest as they want to be . . . There were such legendary artists in that category and maybe we're just the ones that got picked to represent the new guard. But that's not our call." Hale also said that the band was as "surprised as anyone else" that they actually went home with the Grammy.

Singer Lzzy Hale said backstage at the Grammys that heavy rock acts in particular deserve recognition because they usually work hard for a long time before achieving success: "It's an incredible genre to be a part of because, you know, rock isn't always the most popular genre. Sometimes it dips up, it comes, you know, most times we're underground, but we all work really hard on the road and we've been a band for over 10 years, so this is really huge."

In one example, Shadows Fall drummer Jason Bittner said in a post online that Halestorm's win proved that "s*** is rotten in the music business" and was more upsetting than Metallica losing to Jethro Tull more than 20 years ago.

Halestorm continues to hit the trail in support of its second album, last year's The Strange Case Of . . . . They'll join headliners Bullet For My Valentine on this year's edition of the hardDrive Live tour, which kicks off on April 12th in Denver and runs through late May.

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