METALLICA Wins ‘Best Metal Performance’ GRAMMY For ’72 Seasons’

METALLICA clinched a prestigious Grammy Award in the “Best Metal Performance” category during the pre-telecast ceremony at the 66th annual Grammy Awards, held at the Arena in Los Angeles, California. The band’s nominated track was “72 Seasons,” the title song from their 2023 album.

Representing METALLICA, bassist Robert Trujillo accepted the award and conveyed the band’s gratitude. He noted that Lars Ulrich, James Hetfield, and Kirk Hammett couldn’t attend as they were with their families, emphasizing the importance of family. Trujillo extended thanks to Greg Fidelman, the band’s outstanding producer, and the recording team, praising them as one of the best in the industry. He emphasized the collaborative spirit during the creation of “72 Seasons,” reflecting on the essence of youth and the joy of making music together.

Trujillo encouraged aspiring musicians to keep their instruments close and preserve the youthful spirit of creating music, fostering dreams.

While METALLICA also received nominations in the “Best Rock Album” and “Best Rock Performance” categories for “72 Seasons” and “Lux Æterna” respectively, they did not secure victories in those segments.

This latest Grammy win brings METALLICA’s tally to an impressive 10 awards out of 26 nominations. The band’s Grammy journey began in 1989 when they were nominated for the inaugural “Hard Rock/Metal Performance” Grammy but famously lost to JETHRO TULL, a moment that sparked controversy due to the unexpected outcome.

The Grammy Awards ceremony, airing on the CBS television network and streaming on Paramount+, featured stiff competition in the “Best Metal Performance” category. The nominees included DISTURBED with “Bad Man,” GHOST with “Phantom Of The Opera,” METALLICA with “72 Seasons,” SLIPKNOT with “Hive Mind,” and SPIRITBOX with “Jaded.”

The eligibility period for the 66th Grammy Awards spanned from October 1, 2022, to September 15, 2023. The rigorous Grammy voting process involved submissions, eligibility screenings, and multiple rounds of voting by members and record companies. The winners were announced during the live broadcast on February 4, 2024.

Notably, last year’s “Best Metal Performance” Grammy was awarded to Ozzy Osbourne for “Degradation Rules,” a track from his 2022 album “Patient Number 9.”

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