Metallica’s 2014 Grammy Performance With Lang Lang

The Grammy’s suck balls. Last night was the 56th Annual Grammy Awards, and among the so-called highlights was the Metallica performance with Chinese concert pianist Lang Lang. You can watch the performance above, but hurry before it gets removed.

I’m not trying to slag on Metallica, that’s too easy these days, but what were they thinking? Admittedly, incorporating an accompanying piano into your 26-year-old classic is a cool idea, but they didn’t do it properly and wound up with a performance that sounded like a diarrhea fart. First, they substituted the combat intro of “One” with the piano, then they allowed for a piano solo, and then the piano just sounded like a kid banging on the keys. It was a horrible, horrible mess.

The other issues included James Hetfield sounding very old. Normally I don’t fault a metal singer for his voice because that’s beyond his control, but James also wasn’t in key. Then there was Kirk Hammett’s guitar tone, which sucked. Solos were also hacked and slashed.

Very, very unimpressive. You can cleanse yourself by watching this:

Anyway, if you interested, below you’ll find the nominees and winners (in bold) of categories relevant to us here at Yell! Magazine. Imagine Dragons is a rock band? Imagine that!

Best Rock Performance

“Radioactive” – Imagine Dragons
“Always Alright” – Alabama Shakes
“The Stars (Are Out Tonight)” – David Bowie
“Kashmir (Live)” – Led Zeppelin
“My God Is the Sun” – Queens of the Stone Age
“I’m Shakin'” – Jack White

Best Metal Performance

“God Is Dead?” – Black Sabbath
“T.N.T.” – Anthrax
“The Enemy Inside” – Dream Theater
“In Due Time” – Killswitch Engage
“Room 24” – Volbeat featuring King Diamond

Best Rock Song

“Cut Me Some Slack”
Dave Grohl, Paul McCartney, Krist Novoselic & Pat Smear, songwriters (Paul McCartney, Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic, Pat Smear)

“Ain’t Messin ‘Round”
Gary Clark, Jr., songwriter (Gary Clark, Jr.)
“Doom and Gloom”
Mick Jagger & Keith Richards, songwriters (The Rolling Stones)
“God Is Dead?”
Geezer Butler, Tony Iommi & Ozzy Osbourne, songwriters (Black Sabbath)
“Panic Station”
Matthew Bellamy, songwriter (Muse)

Best Rock Album

Celebration Day – Led Zeppelin
13 – Black Sabbath
The Next Day – David Bowie
Mechanical Bull – Kings of Leon
…Like Clockwork – Queens of the Stone Age
Psychedelic Pill – Neil Young & Crazy Horse

Best Alternative Music Album

Modern Vampires of the City – Vampire Weekend
The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You – Neko Case
Trouble Will Find Me – The National
Hesitation Marks – Nine Inch Nails
Lonerism – Tame Impala

Rock Hard \m/

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  • Matt Scott

    How can you not mention how horrible Lars was? Offbeat most of the time and didn’t even try the double bass.

    • haha, yeah, that’s true. Now that you mention it, I was waiting for the double bass at one point, but I guess I forgot about it since I didn’t see it. It’s pretty much a given these days that Lars can’t keep up to his former glory days.