In the past week, full list of 2018 Grammy Award nominees have been announced and according to this list, Avenged Sevenfold and Metallica are in the “rock” category.

Avenged Sevenfold vocalist Matt Shadows talked with WRIF and explained why he would prefer to be in the “rock” category instead of “metal” in 2018 Grammy Awards. He said that ‘if you’re getting the ‘metal’ award, they don’t actually televise it, so no one sees it’.

Here’s the statement:

“My whole thing was that metal… if you’re getting the ‘metal’ award, they don’t actually televise it, so no one sees it – it doesn’t move the needle at all. And I think that’s what the Grammys have to get that right.

When you look at metal, it’s probably one of the healthiest genres when you look at it in a worldwide perspective – every single country listens to metal.

And whether it’s mainstream or not, it’s irrelevant. People will watch your program if you’re giving awards to bands that deserve it and it’s actually on TV, and it helps those bands push the needle forward. And I think that’s the whole point – you wanna get nominated for a Grammy and you wanna get noticed by people and seen on TV.

It helps everybody when the bands can get bigger. So the ‘metal’ award still is a problem because literally no one’s gonna see those bands or know that they’re nominated, and that’s an issue. I think it needs to be on TV.”

Click here to entire interview. Click here to full list of Grammy 2018 nominees.