Metallica Win Best Metal Performance Grammy

Metallica triumphed with the Best Metal Performance Grammy at the 66th annual Grammy Awards, with bassist Rob Trujillo accepting the accolade and revealing James Hetfield’s absence due to family commitments.

At the ceremony held at the Arena in Los Angeles, California, Metallica was honored for their song ’72 Seasons,’ the title track of their 2023 album.

A Tribute To Collaboration And Youth

The musician also took the opportunity to thank Metallica’s producer, Greg Fidelman, along with the recording team, for their collaboration on the album, noting:

“But we wanna thank Greg Fidelman, our incredible producer, and our recording team. Amazing — one of the best teams ever. This is like family. When you’re making an album like this, you’re jamming; you’re collaborating — the spirit of ’72 seasons’, which is your youth — and creating music together. Keep those instruments in your hands. Let’s keep the youth making music and keeping the dream alive.”

Metallica’s Grammy History And Future Endeavors

In addition to their win, Metallica was nominated in two other categories, ‘Best Rock Album’ for ’72 Seasons’ and ‘Best Rock Performance’ for ‘Lux Æterna,’ although they did not secure these awards.

This Grammy win brings Metallica’s total to 10 awards from 26 nominations. The band’s journey at the Grammys has been notable since their first nomination in 1989, a category they lost to Jethro Tull in a controversial decision. Fans catch Metallica on stage as the band will carry on with their ‘M72 World Tour’ in Europe and North America later this year.

Watch his full speech below.