February 6, 2009 / 2:27 AM / in 10 years

UK metal band Judas Priest seeking first Grammy

LONDON (Billboard) - Could it be third-time lucky for Judas Priest?

Some 35 years into its career, the veteran metal band will vie for a pair of Grammys at the music industry’s top honors in Los Angeles on Sunday. It will compete in the hard rock category for “Visions” and metal category for “Nostradamus,” a pair of tunes from its 16th studio album, “Nostradamus.”

Previously nominated in 1991 and 1999, the band has yet to win a Grammy. “Hopefully we might get one this time ‘round,” guitarist Glenn Tipton says. “We’re confident we should win, but you never know.”

Judas Priest’s Sony BMG label puts sales of “Nostradamus” at 500,000 units worldwide; that includes 100,000 logged by Nielsen SoundScan in the United States.

Tipton says Judas Priest is happy to stand alongside fellow Grammy-nominated Brits like Leona Lewis, Radiohead and Coldplay.

“That’s something we should all be proud of,” he says. “If it’s flying the flag for Britain, that’s a good thing.”

Reuters/Billboard

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