Eddie Trunk reached out to M. Shadows to confirm Avenged Sevenfold would not be attending the 60th annual Grammy Awards to which Shadows said, “Yes. Not really a protest per se but fuck ‘em. […] And then they go and pull the Best Rock Song award from TV and put us in some side venue no one gives a fuck about? Fuck that. Waste of time and money. No respect. I mean how marginalized has rock become when Best Rock Song can’t get two minutes.” Hotels, flights for the band and their wives and tickets for the event would have cost them $150,000.