Grammy nominations for the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards were announced this past Wednesday and ruling the Rock category, our very own men in Green proudly harbor three nods. These categories include "Best Rock Album", "Best Rock Performance by A Duo Or Group", and "Best Rock Song" for "21st Century Breakdown". They also share these categories with the likes of Bruce Springsteen, U2, and Coldplay.
The guys have been nominated for 15 Grammys over the years and have walked away with three trophies two for "Rock Album of The Year" and "Record of The Year" for 2004's, "American Idiot", and "Best Alternative Music Performance" for their their 1994 record, "Dookie". We wish them the best of luck next year when the Grammys air on January 31st, 2010 on CBS at 8pm EST.
Other artists nominated include Taylor Swift which leads the pack with eight nominations including "Song of The Year", "Record of The Year", "Best Female Pop Vocal Performance", and "Album of The Year". Stephen Colbert is included in the Comedy category with his Christmas record, "A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift Of All" along with Weird Al Yankovic's "Internet Leaks". Dave Matthews Band, Lady Gaga and MGMT are all up for two nominations each and I have to say, this is going to turn into quite an award show!
Other interesting news revolving around our guys, Green Day have re-recorded a new version of "21 Guns" with the cast of the musical, "American Idiot". The song premiered for the first time Thursday, December 3rd on Spinner.com and was expected to have already hit radio on Friday, December 4th. Featuring the vocals of Rebecca Naomi Jones, a full on choir and of course Green Day, the song is taken to a whole new level according to Billie Joe Armstrong. "We wanted to record '21 Guns' because it represents a pivotal moment in the show when the lead character ...realizes he needs to get his shit together. I couldn't be happier. It's great to have something out there for people to hear who didn't get to see the show."
Want more great news? Green Day are extending their Rock Band track-list by adding more songs, they include: "Christian's Inferno", "iViva La Gloria!" and "Last of The American Girls". Not only will the songs be available individually on gaming consoles like PlayStation 3, XBox and Wii but also in a "Green Day Pack 02". Two of the three tracks, "iViva La Gloria!" and "American Girls" will also be available at the LEGO Rock Band Music Store. All these fantastic songs will be available to you on December 15th and December 17th for PlayStation Networks.
Last but not least, what's in store for Green Day in the coming new year? The guys have confirmed a "huge" North American tour, but haven't scheduled any specific tour dates as of yet.
Here are the guys backstage at the AMA's announcing the news!