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Mastodon bassist calls Grammy win “surreal”


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Mastodon singer/bassist Troy Sanders told HardDrive Radio how the band felt about finally winning a Grammy in the “Best Metal Performance” category at the 60th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday (January 28th) in New York City. Sanders said, “It’s pretty surreal. I think it’s great, just because the attention that you get, not only us, but all five bands that were nominated for this Best Metal category, it brings good attention to all of ’em, all those bands, us included.”

Sanders added, “We never started a band with the end result wanting to be a trophy or a Grammy Award (winner) — that’s the furthest thing on your radar when you find some friends to start a band with. So it was unexpected to get to this point, but now that we have gotten here, to get that kind of recognition, I think it’s nothing but positive.”

  • Mastodon got the nod for the song “Sultan’s Curse” from its 2017 album Emperor Of Sand, with the latter also being nominated for Best Rock Album.
  • The band was nominated for three previous Grammys in the Best Metal Performance category — in 2007, 2012 and 2015 — but lost all three times.
  • Sanders said that he never felt disappointed when the band missed out on those earlier awards, explaining, “I kind of feel that’s a win right there, just to be nominated . . . We were just kind of happy to be there.”
  • Emperor Of Sand was released last March and debuted at Number Seven on the Billboard 200 album chart. The disc contained the Top Five rock radio single “Show Yourself.”


SIDE NOTES: The Grammys are voted on by approximately 13,000 Recording Academy members, who are comprised of artists, songwriters, producers and engineers. More than 22,000 recordings were submitted for Grammys consideration this year. 


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CHECK IT OUT: Watch the interview with Sanders

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Here’s Mastodon’s speech, which was not televised

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