Black Sabbath frontman Ozzy Osbourne said in a statement that the band is “ecstatic, surprised and very happy” about its multiple Grammy nominations, which were announced on Sunday night (December 8th) at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles. The reunited act earned three nods this year, for Best Rock Album for 13 plus Best Metal Performance and Best Rock Song for “God Is Dead?,” the record’s first single.
- Bassist Geezer Butler, who wrote the lyrics, told us earlier this year what “God Is Dead?” was about: “It’s about this guy that sets out to prove that God is still alive, and he has this voice in his head saying that God’s dead, and he can’t get rid of the voice telling him, so he goes out and kills everybody.”
- Sabbath last won a Grammy in 2000, also in the Best Metal Performance category, for a live version of “Iron Man” from its concert album Reunion.
- The 56th annual Grammy Awards will take place Sunday, January 26th at the Los Angeles Staples Center and will be broadcast live at 8:00 p.m. ET on CBS.
- 13, the first Sabbath album in 35 years to feature Butler, Osbourne and guitarist Tony Iommi, went Number One around the world, earning the band their first chart-topper ever in the U.S.
- Black Sabbath will return to North America in 2014 for 10 shows that will be among the last in support of 13.