Tool, Killswitch Engage and I Prevail Among 2020 Grammy Nominees


Story by Anne Erickson, promo photo by Tim Cadiente

“Fear Inoculum,” the latest studio album from Tool, has scored two Grammy nominations for Best Rock Song and Best Metal Performance

Progressive metal band Tool took 13 years to follow-up their latest studio album, but apparently the wait paid off, because Maynard James Keenan and company are up for two Grammy Awards for the 2020 season. The band is nominated for Best Metal Performance for their song “7empest,” as well as Best Rock Song for “Fear Inoculum.” Both songs appear on the band’s recently released album, 2019’s “Fear Inoculum.”

The Best Metal Performance category is rounded out by Killswitch Engage, I Prevail, Death Angel and Candlemass featuring Tony Iommi of Black Sabbath. Other nominees for Best Rock Song include The 1975, Vampire Weekend, Brittany Howard and Gary Clark Jr. The coveted Album of the Year category is packed with mainly pop names, including Bon Iver, Lana Del Rey, Billie Eilish, Ariana Grande, H.E.R., Lil Nas X, Lizzo and — one non-pop act — Vampire Weekend.

View the nominees in the rock and metal categories below. Find the full list of 2020 Grammy Award nominees in all categories here.

Best Rock Performance

Bones UK, “Pretty Waste”
Gary Clark Jr. ,”The Land”
Brittany Howard, “History Repeats”
Karen O & Danger Mouse, “Woman”
Rival Sons, “Too Bad”

Best Metal Performance 

Candlemass Featuring Tony Iommi, “Astorolus – The Great Octopus”
Death Angel, “Humanicide”
I Prevail, “Bow Down”
Killswitch Engage, “Unleashed”
Tool, “7empest”

Best Rock Song

Tool, songwriter (Tool), “Fear Inoculum”
George Daniel, Adam Hann, Matthew Healy & Ross MacDonald, songwriters (The 1975), “Give Yourself a Try”
Ezra Koenig, songwriter (Vampire Weekend), “Harmony Hall”
Brittany Howard, songwriter (Brittany Howard), “History Repeats”
Gary Clark Jr., songwriter (Gary Clark Jr.), “This Land”

Best Rock Album

Bring Me The Horizon, “AMO”
Cage The Elephant, “Social Cues”
The Cranberries, “The End”
I Prevail, “Trauma”
Rival Sons, “Feral Roots”