HALESTORM was honored with a Grammy in the “Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance” category in the pre-telecast ceremony at the 55th annualGrammy Awards, which was held last night (Sunday, February 10) at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. HALESTORM was nominated for the track“Love Bites (So Do I)” , from the band’s 2012 album “The Strange Case Of…”

Writing on her InstagramHALESTORM singer Lzzy Hale said: “Last night was an incredible moment…

“I want to say a few words now that my head is together.

“This is such a huge milestone for us. I’ve been in this silly bandHALESTORM since I was 13. That’s 16 years I’ve been working at this.

“We’ve been playing an average of 260 dates a year since I was a teenager. So after dedicating my life to rock, receiving a Grammy for ‘Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance’ last night is such an amazing honor!

“I’m so proud to represent for my genre, which, by the way, is the beating heart and inspiration for so many other genres (even all the pop kids want to be rock stars). I’m also so proud to represent for all my femme freaks out there; I am the first female to win a Grammy in this category. I hope to use this gift as a weapon of empowerment.

“Nothing great comes without hard work and patience. It’s a huge combo of luck and tunnel vision.

“I’m living proof that you can achieve your goals in life.

“Thank you to everyone who gave us a chance and has supported us throughout the years. Most of all, thanks you to our families and our freaks for enabling us to do what we love every day. We love you!”

“Love Bites” hit No. 1, making HALESTORM the first female-fronted act in history to top the Active Rock chart.

The nominees in this year’s “Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance” category were as follows:

ANTHRAX – “I’m Alive”
Track from: “Worship Music”

HALESTORM – “Love Bites (So Do I)”
Track from: “The Strange Case Of…”

IRON MAIDEN – “Blood Brothers”
Track from: “En Vivo!”

LAMB OF GOD – “Ghost Walking”
Track from: “Resolution”

MARILYN MANSON – “No Reflection”
Track from: “Born Villain”
(Cooking Vinyl)

MEGADETH – “Whose Life (Is It Anyways?)”
Track from: “TH1RT3EN”