Metallica will celebrate its latest Grammy Awards nomination by performing at the televised ceremony on February 12 in Los Angeles.
The group last appeared during the 2014 ceremony, joining Chinese pianist Lang Lang, and said in a statement that "we're thrilled to be asked back. We have something very unique and special planned for this celebratory night...keep watching her for more information."
Metallica's "Hardwired," from the new Hardwired...To Self Destruct album, is up for Best Rock Song -- though some have expressed surprise that it's not also nominated for Best Metal Performance. Then again, this is the band that lost the inaugural Best Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Recording in 1989 to Jethro Tull.
But guitarist Kirk Hammett tells us that's par for the course:
"Yeah, that's really weird. Y'know, we've had such a crazy relationship with the Grammys, so when the Grammys do something like this we kind of like throw our arms in the air -- Whatever. Whatever!...But, y'know, it's still an honor. It's still great to be recognized by the academy, and it's still fun to play the Grammys when we're asked. So...how do I feel about it? I think it's cool."
Metallica will be performing again with Lang Lang on Wednesday (January 18) when the group performs in Beijing, China.
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.