Swedish rockers Ghost picked up their first Grammy Award in the Best Metal performance category for “Cirice”, the lead single from “Meliora”, at the 58th annual event in Los Angeles on Monday.
"Hello, we are Ghost,” said frontman Papa Emeritus III in the pre-show ceremony. “Thank you so much for this. This is a big, big thing for us, obviously. And, you know, a nightmare has just turned into a dream. So thank you all for that. Thank you, everybody involved, and thank you for voting."
“Cirice” earned top prize over tunes by Slipknot (“Custer”), Lamb Of God (“512”), Sevendust (“Thank You”) and August Burns Red (“Identity”).
“Meliora” delivered Ghost their first-ever US Top 10 when the album debuted on the Billboard 200 at No. 8 with opening week sales of 29,000 copies.
One of the Nameless Ghouls recently told Grammy.com what it meant to the group just to be nominated for the music industry hardware.
"Being nominated for a Grammy is obviously a big honor for any band or artist — obviously, ourselves included,” said the Nameless Ghoul. “Especially for us, as a Swedish band, it feels extra honoring, I guess. Especially us maneuvering in the rock genre, where traditionally it's usually British or American bands. To my knowledge, we are the first Swedish rock band to ever be nominated for a Grammy.”
Ghost are currently playing shows across Europe and will begin a spring tour of the US in Montclair, NJ on April 13.
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