#GRAMMYSSOBLACK – No one complains and campaigns when the America’s premier music awards become completely dominated by rap and R’n’B – possibly because no one cares, SJWs love it, and it reflects (though also magnifies) current music trends.

Well, some rock musicians might:

Hard rock band Avenged Sevenfold are up for a “Best Rock Song” Grammy on Sunday night for “The Stage” off of their 2016 album of the same name. But while it’s their first ever Grammy nomination, they’ll be sitting out the ceremony, says frontman M. Shadows, mainly because their category won’t be televised.

Texting to radio personality Eddie Trunk, singer M. Shadows says the trip to New York City for the Grammy Awards would be a “waste of time and money” for the band, which is currently on tour with Breaking Benjamin and Bullet For My Valentine…

Said Shadows, according to Trunk: “‘Rock Song’ of the year can’t get two minutes? … And they put us in some side venue no one gives a f— about? F— that waste of time and money.”

By a sheer bizarre coincidence, I have “The Stage” in my car CD player (yes, I’m old school) at the moment. Surely, the best rock song of the year deserves a televised spot. So what gives? Maybe because rock musicians are less enamoured in shit like this:

Avenged Sevenfold, far from a political band in any meaningful sense of the word, are nevertheless responsible for the best musical take-down of precisely the sort of elite political posturing mentality that has completely captured the Grammys:

So how does it feel to know that someone’s kid
In the heart of America has blood on their hands
Fighting to defend your rights
So you can maintain a lifestyle
That insults his family’s existence
Well, where I’m from we have a special
Salute that we aim high in the air
Towards all those pompous assholes
Who spend their days pointing fingers
(Fuck you)…

All the way from the east to the west
We got this high society
Looking down on their very foundation
Constantly reminding us that our actions
Are the cause of all their problems
Pointing their fingers in every
Direction, blaming their
Own nation for who wins the elections
They’ve never contributed a fucking thing to the
Country they love to criticize

(“Critical Acclaim” off their self-titled album)

As an aside:

And Avenged Sevenfold’s fellow nominees, the metal legends Metallica, whose drummer and guitarist are anti-Trump liberals, also have a frontman, James Hetfield, with an all-too-rare today attitude to art and politics: “Everyone has an opinion about Donald Trump, I think. My opinion stays with me. I’m a singer and guitar player in a rock band. I hate politics. I don’t wanna talk about politics. It’s not important to me. What’s important to me is connecting people with music. Politics, religion… things that separate… they separate people.” And:

“We don’t give a shit about the differences here tonight. We care about the similarities. We don’t care about who you voted for, we don’t care about what you eat, donate, we don’t care about who you want to marry, we don’t care about the colour of your skin – any of that shit. We care that everyone is here tonight and celebrating life together with live music. Are you with us?”

More Hetfield and less Hillary would go a long way to making Grammys more bearable. But the music would still be crap.