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2020 Grammy Nominees Include, Chris Cornell, Tony Iommi, Tool and The Cranberries

The nominations for the 2020 Grammy Awards have been announced and Chris Cornell, Tony Iommi, The Cranberries and Tool are among those whose work is being considered.

Tool’s long-anticipated LP Fear Inoculum has garnered the group two nominations. The album’s title track is being considered for Best Rock Song with the song “7empest” picking up a nomination for Best Metal Performance. Also in the running for Best Metal Performance is Iommi’s work with Candlemass on “Astorlus – The Great Octopus.”

A box set titled Chris Cornell, which covers the breadth of the late singer’s career and features 11 previously unreleased songs, has been nominated for Best Historical Package. Also in that category is the 38-CD Woodstock: Back to the Garden – The Definitive 50th Anniversary Archive. The Woodstock set received a nod in the Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package category as well.

The Cranberries received a nomination for their album In the End which features vocals by the late frontwoman Dolores O’Riordan and was completed by her bandmates after her untimely death in January 2018.

Meanwhile, competing for the Best Music Film are the David Crosby documentary Remember My Name and a four-part series about Rick Rubin’s studio titled Shangri-La.

See the list of categories where rock artists received nominations below. A complete list of Grammy Nominations can be found at

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

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

Best Rock Song
“Fear Inoculum,” Danny Carey, Justin Chancellor, Adam Jones & Maynard James Keenan, songwriters (Tool)
“Give Yourself a Try,” George Daniel, Adam Hann, Matthew Healy & Ross MacDonald, songwriters (The 1975)
“Harmony Hall,” Ezra Koenig, songwriter (Vampire Weekend)
“History Repeats,” Brittany Howard, songwriter (Brittany Howard)
“This Land,” Gary Clark Jr., songwriter (Gary Clark Jr.)

Best Rock Album
Amo, Bring Me the Horizon
Social Cues, Cage the Elephant
In the End, the Cranberries
Trauma, I Prevail
Feral Roots, Rival Sons

Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package
Anima, Thom Yorke
Gold in Brass Age, David Gray
1963: New Directions, John Coltrane
The Radio Recordings 1939–1945, Wilhelm Furtwangler & Berliner Philharmoniker
Woodstock: Back to the Garden – The Definitive 50th Anniversary Archive, Various Artists

Best Recording Package
Anonimas & Resilientes, Voces Del Bullerengue
Chris Cornell, Chris Cornell
Hold That Tiger, the Muddy Basin Ramblers
I, I
Intellexual, Intellexual

Best Historical Album
The Girl From Chicaksaw County- The Complete Capitol Masters, Bobbie Gentry
The Great Comeback: Horowitz at Carnegie Hall, Vladimir Horowitz
Kankyo Ongaku: Japanese Ambient, Environmental & New AGe MMusic 1980-1990, Various Artists
Pete Seeger: The Smithsonian Folkways Collection, Pete Seeger
Woodstock: Back to the Garden – The Definitive 50th Anniversary Archive, Various Artists

Producer of the Year, Non-Classical
Jack Antonoff
Dan Auerbach
John Hill
Ricky Reed

Best Music Film
Remember My Name
Birth of the Cool

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
Si, Andrea Bocelli
Love (Deluxe Edition), Michael Bublé
Look Now, Elvis Costello & the Imposters
A Legendary Christmas, John Legend
Walls, Barbra Streisand

Best Song Written For Visual Media
Randy Newman, “The Ballad of the Lonesome Cowboy”
Dolly Parton & Linda Perry, “Girl in the Movies”
Natalie Hemby, Lady Gaga, Hillary Lindsey & Aaron Raitiere, “I’ll Never Love Again (Film Version)”
Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, Timothy McKenzie & Ilya Salmanzadeh, “Spirit”
Thom Yorke, “Suspirium”

Best American Roots Song
“Black Myself,” Our Native Daughters
“Call My Name,” I’m With Her
“Crossing to Jerusalem,” Rosanne Cash
“Faraway Look,” Yola (co-written with Dan Auerbach)
“I Don’t Wanna Ride the Rails No More,” Vince Gill

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