BAND OF THE YEAR: Pearl Jam
Pearl Jam are the GrungeReport.net 2011 Band of the Year! This is their second time winning, they previously won in 2009. This year Pearl Jam held their massive PJ20 festival, toured the world, and released a documentary. They also released a brand new song “Ole.” Soundgarden were the runner up.
ALBUM OF THE YEAR: Foo Fighters- Wasting Light
Wasting Light was definitely a return to form for Foo Fighters, it featured the reunion of Nirvana members Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic on “I Should Have Known” and Nevermind producer Butch Vig produced the album, which was recorded on tape in Dave Grohl’s garage. Stone Temple Pilots won album of the year last year, while Pearl Jam’s Backspacer won in 2009.
MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR: Foo Fighters- Walk
For the “Walk” video, Foo Fighters paid homage to Michael Douglas’ 1993 film Falling Down. The best moment of the video is when Dave Grohl rolled his eyes at a Coldplay bumper sticker. The Walk video only beat out Eddie Vedder’s Longing to Belong and Chris Cornell’s The Keeper by a few votes. Last year’s winner was Alice In Chains’ Lesson Learned.
FRONTMAN OF THE YEAR: Eddie Vedder from Pearl Jam
Eddie Vedder not only had a busy year celebrating Pearl Jam’s 20th anniversary of being a band, but he also released his new solo album Ukulele Songs and toured in support of it. Pearl Jam fans voted a ton to get Eddie the victory, especially after Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell won it last year. Cornell was the runner up this year.
MOMENT OF THE YEAR: PJ20 Festival takes place featuring Temple of the Dog reunion
The PJ20 Festival was definitely one of the biggest Grunge landmark events of all time. Pearl Jam headlined both nights, Temple of the Dog made two special reunion performances, and Mudhoney also performed.
MOST ANTICIPATED ALBUM OF 2012: Soundgarden
2012 is expected to be a huge year for Grunge, with just about every band covered on this site set to release new albums. But fans are most anxious for Soundgarden, who this spring are set to release their first album since 1996’s Down on the Upside.
Pearl Jam and Foo Fighters were the big winners of 2011, with Pearl Jam winning 3 awards and Foo Fighters winning 2. Soundgarden picked up one, while Alice In Chains and Stone Temple Pilots (who both won major awards last year) walked away empty handed.