M. Shadows spoke to the Los Angeles Times about Avenged Sevenfold’s first Grammy nomination and their album, “The Stage.”
It was surprising to learn that Avenged Sevenfold had never earned a nomination. Congratulations.
Yeah, you know, every year the nominations have come out, and we’ve had some pretty big records, and every year we’ve never gotten anything. So we kind of wrote it off as, ‘We’re probably never going to get one, and that’s the way it is.’ So it was a nice surprise.
Does the [Grammy] nomination feel like a validation?
It’s coming at a good time for us. I think when we were younger, all these things were, like — we don’t care about the awards, we were just kind of out there.
And I think some perspective on our career and perspective on how these things work, we’re just really grateful at this point in our lives to be able to get the nod and show up. And it’s a rock song, so it’s a televised award and we’re really grateful for that.
And to be in there with Foo Fighters and Metallica and all those bands, we’re just excited. We’re going against some Goliaths, but it’s not about the win. We’re just really happy to be recognized.