Alice In Chains have been disrespected by the Grammys several times dating back to the 1990’s, and they are nominated again for their new album Rainier Fog. Jerry Cantrell has asked on Instagram in a new post if now may be the time Alice In Chains finally get their due. He wrote, “9th times a charm ? #rainierfog.”
Best Rock Album Nominees:
Alice in Chains – Rainier Fog
Fall Out Boy – M A N I A
Ghost – Prequelle
Greta Van Fleet – From the Fires
Weezer – Pacific Daydream
Jerry Cantrell seemed impressed by the competition, congratulating them in another recent Instagram post.
Jerry Cantrell posted, “Very proud of our Grammy nomination for our album Rainier Fog. I think it’s some of our finest work and would like to thank my band mates and everyone who worked on bringing it to fruition. If you haven’t checked it out yet give it a listen. I also extend my congratulations to our fellow nominees. Pretty fucking cool!!! Long live rock #rainierfog.”
In a new Loudwire article, The Recording Academy’s Head of Awards, Bill Freimuth explained the bureaucratic Grammy selection process and how it has changed over the years. An incident where Jethro Tull embarrassingly beat Metallica is referenced, and while the process changed, it has still led to bands including Alice In Chains frequently getting snubbed. Alice In Chains have been snubbed from a victory for decades despite several nominations. Layne Staley made his final public appearance at the 1997 Grammys, and stated it would be a dream come true to win an award.
“I wasn’t here at that time and I don’t weigh in on the choices made by our voters,” Freimuth stated lightheartedly. “What happened as a result of that particular situation is that we’ve made a change to our process where we added this whole layer called screening committees. We now have 24 different committees of people ranging in size anywhere from 15 to 70 people who sit around and listen to all the music and make sure that it gets to the right category so something like that doesn’t embarrass us again.”