Swedish band Ghost finds itself in new Grammy category

Swedish band Ghost finds itself in new Grammy category
FILE - In this Feb. 15, 2016 file photo, Ghost poses in the press room with the award for best metal performance for "Cirice" at the 58th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. Ghost is up for best rock album and best rock song at the Grammy Awards on Sunday. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — The first time Tobias Forge walked up to collect a Grammy, few people knew his name — and that was purposeful.

The leader of the Swedish metal group Ghost fiercely protected his anonymity and hid behind thick ghoulish makeup.

This year, if Forge’s band’s name is called, he says he will go up as himself, leaving aside his costume and alter ego.

He has two chances: Ghost is up for best rock album and best rock song. It’s a category switch from 2016, when it won for best metal performance.

Forge creates demonic characters for every album and his latest is the creepy Cardinal Copia. Forge was unmasked in 2017 when former band members sued him, forcing him to reveal his identity.

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