The band Weezer formed in the 1990s and have enjoyed popular success ever since their triple-platinum, self-titled debut album was released in 1994, but they didn’t win a single Grammy until 14 years later, when they claimed Best Music Video for “Pork and Beans” (2008). But that’s the only prize they’ve received from the recording academy thus far. This year they hope to finally add to their tally by winning Best Rock Album for their latest self-titled album (it’s their fourth eponymous set, also known as “The White Album”). It’s their 10th album overall, and not only would it be their first to win this category, it’s their first to even be nominated.
None of Weezer’s previous nine albums have earned a nomination at the Grammys, and recognizing them this year gives voters a chance to correct that oversight. Even better or them, this category has favored veterans in recent years, with the last three prizes going to well established acts Led Zeppelin (“Celebration Day,” 2013), Beck (“Morning Phase,” 2014) and Muse (“Drones,” 2015). But does it hurt Weezer significantly that this is their only nomination this year? Maybe not — Muse had no other nominations last year when they prevailed, and Weezer’s rivals are similarly underrepresented in other categories.
They’re up against a younger but still established group, Panic! at the Disco, who contend for their fifth studio album, “Death of a Bachelor.” Like Weezer, they’re contending for an album award for the first time and they have no other nominations this year.
Cage the Elephant are also nominated for Best Rock Album for the first time for their fourth album “Tell Me I’m Pretty,” but they were nominated for Best Alternative Album in 2014 for their last effort, “Melophobia.” This is their only nomination this year as well.
Also nominated is Blink 182 for their seventh album, “California.” The group is best known for their hits from the late 1990s and early 2000s like “What’s My Age Again?” and “All the Small Things,” but this is the first and only Grammy nomination the band has ever received.
The only nominee in this race with a bid in any other category is the French heavy metal band Gojira, up for their sixth album “Magma.” They have an additional nomination for Best Metal Performance for their song “Silvera.” Does that indicate stronger support for the group? Not necessarily — they’re the only metal band nominated for Best Rock Album, so it’s unlikely their rivals in this contest were considered in the same category.
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