John Petrucci of Dream Theater recently shared his Grammy acceptance speech on Instagram. In his remarks, the guitarist expressed his satisfaction that the band did not heed the criticisms made against them. The 64th Grammy Awards ceremony was held on April 3, and ‘The Alien’ by Dream Theater won the award for Best Metal Performance. Other nominees included ‘Genesis’ by Deftones, ‘Amazonia’ by Gojira, ‘Pushing The Tides’ by Mastadon, and ‘The Triumph Of King Freak’ by Rob Zombie. The single ‘The Alien’ was released on October 22, 2021 from Dream Theater’s fifteenth studio album ‘A View From The Top Of The World’ It was the first album to be recorded in the band’s DTHQ studio and produced by John Petrucci.

In a recent Instagram post, John Petrucci informed Dream Theater fans of the exciting news and thanked them for their support. In addition, he included video of his acceptance speech in the post. In his speech, Petrucci stated that critics used to tell the band that their songs are excessively long, have unusual time signatures, or contain an excessive number of guitar solos. Now that they have won a Grammy, the guitarist is pleased that they did not listen to those critics. The caption of John Petrucci’s Instagram post read: “This is absurd! Our song “The Alien” has just won the Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance. To all the Dream Theater fans in the world, you guys are awesome, and we adore you. This honor is yours!”

In the video attached to his post, Petrucci stated:m”Wow, this is completely absurd. I would like to thank the Recording Academy and everyone who voted for us on behalf of the entire band. They used to tell us that our songs are excessively lengthy, that we use strange time signatures, or that we have too many guitar solos. This song is in 17/8 time, so try tapping your foot to it. We just won a Grammy, so I’m glad we didn’t listen to the critics.” You can view John Petrucci’s acceptance speech for his Grammy below.

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