Watch: Dream Theater Win Grammy Award For “Best Metal Performance”

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Dream Theater took the win last night for the Grammy award of “Best Metal Performance”!

The Dream Theater song “Alien” was nominated for Best Metal Performance alongside the following other bands/songs:

Deftones – “Genesis”

Gojira – “Amazonia”

Mastodon – “Pushing The Tides”

Rob Zombie – “The Triumph Of King Freak (A Crypt Of Preservation And Superstition)”

Dream Theater guitarist John Petrucci accepted the award on the band’s behalf. In accepting the award, he said, “Wow, this is absolutely insane. On behalf of the entire band, I’d like to thank the Recording Academy and everybody who voted for us. You know, they used to tell us our songs were way too long, we used weird time signatures and there were too many guitar solos. In fact, this song is in 17/8, so try to tap your foot to it. But we just won a Grammy, so I’m glad we didn’t listen… All the Dream Theater fans around the world, you guys rock. We love you. For fans of prog and prog metal, stay true to your art. And it’s alive and well.”

Previously, the band have been nominated two other times when it comes to the Grammys; their past nominations were for 2011’s “On The Backs Of Angels” and 2013’s “The Enemy Inside.”

“Alien” is one of the songs off the band’s 2021 studio album, A View from the Top of the World. A View from the Top of the World marks the band’s 15th studio album. Dream Theatre were formed in 1985 (under the name Majesty) and have become one of the biggest progressive metal bands in the world.

How do you feel about Dream Theatre taking the win for “Alien”? Did you think someone else was going to get the win? What are your thoughts on the band’s 2021 studio album A View from the Top of the World?


Words by: Michael Pementel