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It’s the Grammys, take two

Burbank guitarist is shocked by the band Ministry’s nomination for a music award.

January 26, 2010|By Joyce Rudolph

Being nominated for a Grammy is just as daunting the second time around for guitarist Sinhue “Sin” Quirin of the industrial heavy metal band Ministry.

The group is nominated for the song “Señor Peligro” from the album “Adios...” in the Best Metal Performance category. The 52nd annual Grammy Awards will be broadcast on CBS at 8 p.m. Jan. 31.

Quirin was a big fan of the group while he was in high school. He graduated in 1987 from Burbank High School and also attended John Muir Middle School.

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“To actually be in the band and receive two Grammy nominations with them — it’s pretty surreal for me,” he said.

Ministry’s music was the first to be coined industrial metal when it began back in the early 1980s, he said.

“It was the first band to fuse electronics into hard rock and heavy metal, and because of the band Ministry, other bands that followed — Nine Inch Nails and Marilyn Manson — they all cite Ministry as the band they all looked up to and tried to emulate.”

When he heard from a friend that the band was nominated again this year, he said he was really surprised.

“I was just as shocked the second time if not more than the first time,” he said. “I never in a million years expected to be nominated for a Grammy — at least when I was starting out I thought that.”

What was even more interesting is that Quirin first heard about the nomination from a text message sent by a friend who lives in Budapest, he said.

“All the text said was ‘Congratulations,’” Quirin said. “I texted him back and asked ‘What are you talking about?’ and he said, ‘You just got nominated for a Grammy, and we just saw the broadcast.’”

Other groups nominated in the category are Judas Priest, Lamb of God, Megadeth and Slayer.

“It’s an amazing feeling,” he said. “It’s definitely not something I thought of while I was playing saxophone in the Burbank High School marching band.”

His friends said the Grammy is well deserved.

Clayton Worbeck, a music producer, musician and sound engineer, has worked with Ministry on remixing some of its tracks, he said.

Worbeck met Quirin when they were in the band Revco, and have written songs together.

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