SLIPKNOT frontman Corey Taylor says that Grammy don’t mean shit to him. He states that the Grammys are just a popularity contest, and have basically nothing to do with music. If the music was the criteria for nominations, there should be more metal bands in other categories.
Asked by Finland’s Radio Rock how much winning a Grammy means to him, Taylor said (as transcribed by Blabbermouth.net): “Shit. I’m totally honest. I know a lot of people who, they put a lot of stock in it, but I keep telling ’em… I mean, we’ve been nominated now, like… God knows how many times. It’s been over ten times. We won once… Cool. It’s a popularity contest; that’s all it is. If it weren’t, if it were just about the music, you would see more metal bands — not including us — nominated in other categories, like ‘Album Of The Year’ [and] all of these different categories, and you just don’t. So it’s all a goddamn popularity contest, and I don’t have fucking time for that shit, to be honest.”
He continued: “It’s, like, everybody, they live and breathe by whether or not they’re gonna get this tiny statue, and it’s, like, why? So it can sit on a goddamned shelf and collect dust. To me, the real reflection of where you’re at is [performing live], and that’s all it is. Walking on that stage and seeing a massive audience lose their minds — that’s what it’s all about. You can take those statuettes all day long; I don’t care. It’s cool to win, but I’m not gonna fucking die if we don’t win a Grammy, you know.”
SLIPKNOT’s latest album, .5: The Gray Chapter, was released on October 21, 2014. It is the first studio album by the band in six years and the first not to feature founding bassist Paul Gray and long time drummer Joey Jordison due to the death of Gray in 2010 (the title of the album being a reference to his name), and the departure of Jordison in late 2013.