System of A Down Wins Grammy for ‘B.Y.O.B’

LOS ANGELES (Combined Sources)–System Of A Down won a Grammy Wednesday night in the "Best Hard Rock Performance" category for their single "B.Y.O.B." off the album Mezmerize. System beat out Audioslave ("Doesn’t Remind Me")–Nine Inch Nails ("The Hand That Feeds")–Robert Plant ("Tin Pan Valley")–and Queens Of The Stone Age ("Little Sister").

In 2005–System Of A Down–Serj Tankian (vocals)–Daron Malakian (guitar–vocals)–Shavo Odadjian (bass)–and John Dolmayan (drums)–became the first band in the history of the Billboard chart to score two Number one debuts with new albums in a single calendar year. The two albums–Mezmerize and Hypnotize–both debuted at number one–in May and November–respectively.

"B.Y.O.B." [Bring Your Own Bombs]–the first single off Mezmerize–questions the ongoing war in Iraq and President’s Bush involvement in it. The song asks repeatedly–"Why don’t presidents fight the war?/ Why do they always send the poor?/ Why do they always send the poor?"

System has been nominated for the Grammy’s twice before. Their single "Chop Suey!" was nominated for Best Metal Performance in 2002 and "Aerials" was nominated for Best Hard Rock Performance in 2003. Both singles were off the album Toxicity.

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