DREAM THEATER Won’t Miss This Weekend’s GRAMMY AWARDS Ceremony

Despite the fact that they have just launched a European headlining tour, progressive metal giants DREAM THEATER have no intention of missing this weekend’s 54th annual Grammy Awards, where they are nominated in the “Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance” category for their song “On The Backs Of Angels”. The band’s keyboardist, Jordan Rudess, tells AOL‘s Noisecreep that he and his bandmates will jump into a plane immediately after a show at London’s Wembley Arena Friday night, February 10, and head to Los Angeles where they will be met by their wives (and even a few kids) to take part in Sunday’s big celebration.

“We are so excited,” Jordan said. “The excitement we felt after first hearing the news of the nomination has never really worn off. We’re just so proud of this new record [‘A Dramatic Turn Of Events’] and how we managed to evolve after parting with [original drummer] Mike [Portnoy], that regardless of whether we win or not, we’re just going to have a fun time in the moment. None of knows that to expect, this is sort of new to us, but we’re excited about who we might meet at the event. For DREAM THEATER, this is really big deal and we just want to have a great time with each other and with our families and savor this honor of being nominated. And hey, if we win, that’s just a bonus.”

The nominees in the “Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance” category are as follows:

* DREAM THEATER – “On The Backs Of Angels”
* FOO FIGHTERS – White Limo”
* MASTODON – “Curl Of The Burl”
* MEGADETH – “Public Enemy No. 1”
* SUM 41 – “Blood In My Eyes”

“We’re ecstatic,” James LaBrie, lead vocalist for DREAM THEATER, told Grammy.com. “Personally, I’ve already got the cleats on the bottom of my dress shoes so I can run up on the stage.” He adds, “This is [about] getting a nod, getting the recognition from the industry itself [and] giving us a little bit more of a platform as far as public awareness.”

To be eligible for nomination, an artist’s work must have been released between October 1, 2010 and September 30, 2011.