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Jethro Tull's Heavy Metal Grammy Win

Of all of the bizarre moments in Grammy awards history. one that always comes to mind among Rock fans was the year the Academy awarded Jethro Tull the Heavy Metal Band of the year honor. Producers could not cut to commercials quickly enough to avoid viewers hearing the barrage of boos and seeing the stunned look of disbelief on the faces of of people in the audience.  Everybody there and everybody viewing with any understanding of the genre knew that Tull did not even belong in the category and that Metallica would win the award.
Tull front man Ian Anderson says that the certainty that Metallica was going to win was so absolute that people didn't even bother raising objections to his band having been improperly nominated by the clueless members of the Academy. And Anderson is still amused by the travesty, telling Powerline recently, '...I'd like to think that it wasn't that the six thousand voting members of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences were voting for Jethro Tull as a heavy rock band or heavy metal band. They gave us the award because we were a bunch of nice guys who never won a Grammy before. And sad to relate, even after all these years, there is still no category for best one-legged flute player. Otherwise, I'd be winning it every year.'


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