Last night was Dave Mustaine's night. It was the 59th annual GRAMMY Awards and Megadeth were nominated for "Best Metal Performance." Megadeth have been nominated for GRAMMYs twelve times, and up until last night, hadn't won the phonograph yet. Mustaine even joked that Megadeth was the Susan Lucci of the GRAMMYs. Lucci was a famous daytime soap opera star who was always nominated for an Emmy eighteen times and losing each time, until finally winning the nineteenth time.
Well, it only took Megadeth twelve tries, as they were announced as the winner of "Best Metal Performance" at the GRAMMYs pre-show. As they made their long walk down the aisle, the house band played a familiar tune. But it wasn't Megadeth, it was Metallica's "Master of Puppets."
Mustaine's history with Metallica is no secret, and while some fans couldn't help but laugh at the irony, Mustaine took it in stride even air-guitaring as he made his way to the stage.
On Twitter, a fan noted to Dave that the house band playing Metallica while Megadeth was about to accept their award was "a slap in the face."
Mustaine's response was pitch perfect. He quoted the tweet and said: "Ah, you can't blame 'em for not being able to play @Megadeth."
— Dave Mustaine (@DaveMustaine) February 13, 2017
Damn, Dave. Now that's what I call a savage comeback. No word on the house band's training, but chances are they probably had no idea about the history behind the two bands and were going to play "Master of Puppets" regardless of who won the award.