Ian Anderson Reflects On Jethro Tull Beating Metallica On Grammys

Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson recently joined U-Man and Favaaz for an interview during which he opened up about the time when Jethro Tull won a Grammy award, beating Metallica.

Back in 1988, the National Academy Of Recording Arts And Sciences added a Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance category for the 31st Grammy Awards. Those who were nominated for the award were AC/DC’s ‘Blow Up Your Video,’ Iggy Pop’s ‘Colf Metal,’ Jane’s Addiction’s ‘Nothing’s Shocking,’ Metallica’s ‘…And Justice For All,’ and Jethro Tull’s ‘Crest Of A Knave.’

Unlike other nominees, Jethro Tull was a surprise for many as their music is not considered both by Anderson and music critics as part of the heavy metal music genre. So, it was expected that Metallica would win the award, and Jethro Tull’s manager even told the band members not to even bother attending the ceremony. However, Metallica lost to Jethro Tull’s ‘Crest Of A Knave’ in the end.

After Jethro Tull won the Grammy award, the Academy ended up being widely criticized as some of the journalists suggested that their music didn’t belong in both hard rock and metal genres. Moreover, this incident became considered among the biggest upsets in Grammy history. As a result, the Academy separated the genres into two different categories.

In an interview with U-Man and Favaaz, Ian Anderson recalled the time they beat Metallica on Grammys by winning the award. He stated that when they eventually win the next Grammy award, Metallica thanked everyone including Jethro Tull for not releasing a new album. Following that, Anderson said although Metallica lost to them, they eventually win it as they were the hot new acts of that time.

During the conversation, Ian Anderson said about Metallica the following:

“Well, I think Metallica were actually very gentlemanly on record. You know, at the time, when they did win the Grammy next year, as I predicted they would, they took out a page in Billboard thanking the record company, their friends, and their family for supporting them. Even the dog — I mean, they thanked everybody including Jethro for not releasing a new album that year.

They had a sense of humor about it, I think they took it on the chin even though everybody was busy telling them they were going to win a Grammy. And then, unfortunately, that year they didn’t. You know, they were the hot new acts, and surely they were going to win it the following year, and of course, they did.”

You can watch the full interview below.