2018 Grammy predictions: Can Metallica overtake Foo Fighters to win their first ever songwriting award?

Metallica are rock music legends with eight Grammys out of 18 nominations over the course of their career. Band members James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich have three extra noms when you count their bids for Best Rock Song for “Enter Sandman” (1992), “Hardwired” (2017), and now “Atlas Rise!” (2018). But they have still never won a songwriting award despite decades of work. Can they pull it off this year, or will they be thwarted by Foo Fighters, who are previous winners in this race?

Foo Fighters are nominated for “Run,” which is their fifth bid in this category following “All My Life” (2003), “Best of You” (2006), “The Pretender” (2008), and “Walk” (2012). They won for “Walk,” but frontman Dave Grohl had an additional victory in 2014 with Paul McCartney, Krist Novoselic, and Pat Smear for “Cut Me Some Slack.” So the recording academy is certainly appreciates their songwriting, and “Run” is one of only two songs in this category that is also up for Best Rock Performance, which may indicate stronger support for this particular song, but Foo Fighters were snubbed for Best Rock Album, where Metallica are the frontrunners, so maybe they’re the band voters prefer this year.

But not so fast. If total nominations may be a sign of strong voter support, then the real frontrunners may be Grammy rookies Nothing More, who are the most nominated artists in this category this year. They contend here for “Go to War,” which is also up for Best Rock Performance, and they’re also nominated for Best Rock Album (“The Stories We Tell Ourselves”). But these are their first ever nominations even though they’re on their fifth album. They may still be underdogs against their more established rivals.

Also nominated for the first time are Avenged Sevenfold for “The Stage.” It’s the title song from their seventh studio album, but this is their first appearance at the Grammys and it’s their only nomination this year. Rounding out the category is K. Flay for her song “Blood in the Cut.” She has one other nomination, for Best Engineered Album for “Every Where is Some Where.” But is that enough to challenge the veterans?

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