Metallica haven't been to the Grammys since 1992 when they won Best Metal Performance for The Black Album. That was a few years after they were robbed of a Grammy, famously losing to Jethro Tull, not a metal band, in the Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance Vocal or Instrumental. The band joked about it when they eventually won their Grammy:
I guess it took 22 years to get over it. The band announced today they will be performing at the 56th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, January 26th. The band will take things to the next level, performing with pianist Lang Lang, in what should no doubt be an epic performance akin to the band's late-90s S & M sessions. The band commented:
"It's been 22 years since the last time we hit the stage at the annual awards show!
"This performance will be truly special with Lang Lang, who has appeared on stages all over the world including the opening ceremonies at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, a White House state dinner, World Cup ceremonies, and the Nobel Prize concert in Stockholm among many other acclaimed appearances."
The band have been nominated this year for "Best Recording Package" for their Through the Never soundtrack. The band previously won the category in 2009 for their packaging for Death Magnetic.
The Grammys will air live on January 26th on CBS at 8pm eastern. See the Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Performance nominees here.