Next month, metal fans will probably be disappointed once again about the Grammys, which air on February 12th. Whether it’s undeserving bands winning awards, performances getting cut off, or the “in memoriam” segment leaving out worthy artist passings, it’s generally not an issue of if, but how often metal will get the shaft on the show. Is the tide about to turn? Don’t bet on it, but at least bands like Gojira have been nominated, and Ghost winning a Grammy last year. And now it’s been revealed that Metallica will be on the show. here’s what the band said about it:
“First, it was a total honor to be nominated, but now this?!!? We’re beyond excited that we have been invited to perform on the 59th annual Grammy Awards telecast on Sunday, February 12, 2017. It’s been three years since we were lucky enough to participate in the awards show when we last performed with world-renowned Chinese concert pianist Lang Lang and we’re thrilled to be asked back.
We have something very unique and special planned for this celebratory night, so tune in to watch on CBS-TV… check those local listings for your timezone and keep watching here for more information.”
So at least one metal performance will be on the show. Then again, it was back in 1989, right after they turned in a blisterming performance of “One” that they lost their first Grammy nomination to Jethro Tull. Here’s hoping they’re not similarly embarrassed this year. They’re only nominated for one award this year, for Best Rock Song for “Hardwired.” However, given that they’re up against David Bowie, it’s no guarantee they’ll win. Meanwhile, the band busted out another new track live for the first time last week in South Korea. If you’ve wanted to hear what “Halo on Fire” sounds like live, here it is.