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Kirk Hammett On Metallica’s Latest Grammy Nomination

Metallica is no stranger to Grammy Award controversy, and this year many are puzzled over a nomination for Best Rock Song -- for "Hardwired" from the group's new album Hardwired...To Self-Destruct -- rather than in the Best Metal Performance category.

Then again, this is the group that famously lost the inaugural Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance award to Jethro Tull in 1989, so it's no surprise when guitarist Kirk Hammett tells us the group is taking the latest situation with a grain of salt:

"Yeah, that's really weird. Y'know, we've had such a crazy relationship with the Grammys, so when the Grammys do something like this we kind of like throw our arms in the air -- Whatever. Whatever!...But, y'know, it's still an honor. It's still great to be recognized by the academy, and it's still fun to play the Grammys when we're asked. do I feel about it? I think it's cool."


Hardwired..., Metallica's first new album in eight years, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 last month. The group appears Wednesday (December 14) on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live! and plays a special show Thursday (December 16) at the Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles, with proceeds going to the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank.

Metallica has Asian and European dates as well as some festivals already announced for early 2017 and will be announcing a full North American tour soon.


Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.