Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance, 1989
Winner: Jethro Tull - Crest of a Knave
By the end of the 1980s, heavy metal had very much become part of the popular music landscape. As such, the Academy decided to give the genre some long overdue recognition and introduced the Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance category in 1989. Among the nominees were hard rock behemoths Metallica, who performed at the ceremony and were hot favourites to take the award home. The prize was given, however, to ageing, flute-toting folk/prog band Jethro Tull.
No-one, including the band themselves, considered Tull to be in any way hard rock, and boos rang out around the auditorium when the winner was announced. Fortunately for the band, they were spared the wrath of angry metal fans at the awards - their label had told them that their chances of winning were so slim that they needn't even bother turning up to the ceremony!