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Corey Taylor on His Love/Hate Relationship With Los Angeles, Why He Thinks the Grammys Are a Joke

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“I think the Grammys have spent so much time ignoring heavy metal that we all said, ‘screw it,’ and started our own awards show,” Corey Taylor tells Noisecreep.

The Slipknot and Stone Sour singer is referring to the Golden Gods Awards which will go down on May 2nd at Los Angeles’ Club Nokia, an anti-Grammy Awards, if you will. Besides performing at the event, Stone Sour is also up for three awards including Album of the Year for ‘House of Gold & Bones – Part 1,’ Best Vocalist for Taylor and Best Drummer for Roy Mayorga.

“Golden Gods truly pays honor to our music. The Grammy people will have all of these different categories within different genres, but heavy metal and hard rock have to share one. It’s ridiculous. Half the time, the bands nominated in the metal category are brand new or bands that have been around a long time, but for a song that is off some live record. Or they’ll nominate someone doing a cover song. It’s f—ing pathetic. I almost wish our genre didn’t even have a category on the Grammys,” Taylor complains.

Since the Golden Gods are happening in Los Angeles again, Noisecreep asks Taylor how he feels about the polarizing city. “We used to live there, but my wife and I ended up moving to Vegas. Our family is mostly based out of there, so it made sense to get a house there and be closer to everyone. It’s easy because if you want to work, all it takes is a short plane ride to L.A.

But I’ve have a love/hate relationship with L.A. for a long time. It’s not for the whole laid-back attitude a lot of other people seem to hate about the place. I actually love that part of it. Most of the people that have moved there are just not my cup of tea — to put it lightly. I go up and down about it. There have been times where I’ve stayed there where I’ve had an absolutely great time. But there have been times where I’ve had to deal with people in the entertainment industry where I’m like, ‘Are you real? Or are you just a character in some horrible movie?’ Yeah, it gets weird like that there at times. All that said, I have a lot of great friends there and I still love visiting it.”

The fifth annual Revolver Golden Gods Awards are on May 2 at Club Nokia in downtown Los Angeles. Featured performers for the show include Metallica, Five Finger Death Punch, Stone Sour, Anthrax, Dillinger Escape Plan, and Halestorm. The night will also feature appearances from Gene Simmons, Lemmy Kilmister of Motörhead, Alice Cooper, Marilyn Manson, Phil Anselmo, Jason Newsted, Zakk Wylde, Kerry King of Slayer, Munky and Brian “Head” Welch of Korn, Taylor Momsen, David Draiman of Disturbed and Device, David Ellefson and Chris Broderick of Megadeth, Heaven’s Basement, Testament and In This Moment.

Golden Gods will air on AXS TV, Xbox LIVE and Revolver’s Facebook page that night.

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