See Ice-T’s reaction, and recap other rock/alt winners from the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards.
Could anyone who remembers the massive backlash against “Cop Killer” have predicted that Body Count would be taking home Grammy Awards thirty years later?
Ice-T’s veteran metal/hardcore act beat out Code Orange, In This Moment, Poppy, and Power Trip for this year’s Best Metal Performance trophy.
Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at Ice giving his acceptance speech for the track “Bum Rush”. NSFW language.
— ICE T (@FINALLEVEL) March 14, 2021
It was really sweet of Ice to shout out Power Trip’s late frontman Riley Gale. Gale made a guest appearance on Body Count’s 2020 album Carnivore, released several months before Gale’s shocking death at the age of 34.
Ice-T’s only previous Grammy win came from his verse on Quincy Jones’ “Back On The Block”. That dated-even-then track shows the rock/metal worldcan’t claim a monopoly on Grammy voters’ out-of-touch decisions. I would guess that this Body Count win means a lot more to Ice-T.
As for the rest of the 2021 Grammy celebration, here’s how the rock and alternative categories shook out:
Best Rock Album – The Strokes, The New Abnormal
Best Rock Song – Brittany Howard (Alabama Shakes), “Stay High”
Best Rock Performance – Fiona Apple, “Shameika”
Best Alternative Album – Fiona Apple, Fetch The Bolt Cutters