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Skillet Wraps Up 2004 With First Grammy Nomination

New York, Ny – The 47th Annual GRAMMY Awards nominations were recently announced and hard rock quintet Skillet were among the nominees for Best Rock Gospel Album in conjunction with their best-selling, current album Collide.

Upon hearing the news of their nomination, lead singer John Cooper said, “First off we were really surprised since this was our first GRAMMY nomination. I think it is super cool and an honor to be in such great company with the other nominees.”

“We are ecstatic about Skillet’s nomination,” remarked Andy Karp, Senior Vice President of Lava Records. “The band’s sound musicianship and broad appeal is connecting with mainstream rock audiences, and we feel they have the potential to be one of the biggest cross-over bands since P.O.D.”

The 47th Annual GRAMMY Awards will be hosted in Los Angeles at STAPLES Center on “GRAMMY Sunday” on February 13, 2005, and broadcasted on the CBS Television Network at 8 p.m. (ET/PT).

Skillet has released a total of five albums, which have sold upwards of 600,000 units in the U.S., with Collide being their best-selling project to date. The band, fronted by the husband and wife team of John Cooper (vocals/bass) and Korey Cooper (guitar/keyboard), combine elements of rock, metal and goth with pulsating, hook-filled melodies. Rounding out the band are 20-year-old guitarist Ben Kasica and powerhouse drummer Lori Peters. Together, Skillet has performed over 200 live dates in the last year alone in front of 500,000 people.