The band went to the brink of collapse after sacking singer Dan Nelson in 2009, which led to the shelving of long-awaited album Worship Music.
Ex-frontman John Bush fronted the band for a number of live shows but didn't want to commit his future. The lineup finally stabilised when classic-era vocalist Joey Belladonna returned, and Worship Music was reworked and released to acclaim in 2011.
Now the track "I'm Alive" from that album has been shortlisted for the Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance Grammy.
Benante tells: "It was a shock to me. I absolutely, 100% stopped thinking about these kind of things. I didn't think of the Grammys and us any more as something that was remotely possible.
"To have something so prestigious means a lot to us. We as a band embrace this like an actor would embrace and Oscar or an Emmy."
The drummer adds: "We put so much hard work into Worship Music and I'm so honoured to be nominated with a group of bands like Iron Maiden and Megadeth. I had lost all hope but I guess I was wrong."
According to ClassicRockMagazine, Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian has announced a spoken-word UK tour on the back of his successful one-off show in London last month.
Ian says: "I'm calling it 'Speaking Words' because the pretension of saying I'm doing a spoken-word tour is too much to bears.
"It's an evening of ridiculous truth it's me talking about this insane life I've led, the people I've met and the shit that's happened. When I'm done swearing you can ask me anything you want."