Now we know what ruined Metallica's Grammy performance with Lady Gaga. A stagehand apparently unplugged the wrong cable.
TMZ cites a source close to the production who says the band and Gaga's line check right before the performance went fine. But a wire under the stage got unplugged by a stagehand by accident, leaving James Hetfield's mic dead. The glitch was discovered toward the end of the song, and by that point, Hetfield had already kicked his mic stand over in anger.
Metallica did refer to the incident at their show at the Hollywood Palladium Sunday night after the Grammys. At the end of the 10-song set Lars Ulrich walked up to the mic, joked about how nice it was that all the mics worked at the Palladium and suggested that the Staples Center borrow them.
As expected, the Grammy Awards honored David Bowie’s final album in a big way.
Blackstar won all five awards it was nominated for, with Bowie receiving four of them -- Best Alternative Music Album, Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical and Best Rock Performance and Best Rock Song for the title track. The album also won Best Recording Package.
Ironically, Bowie’s only other Grammy win (excluding a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006) was back in 1985, when he won Best Short Form Video for "Jazzin' for Blue Jean."
Twenty One Pilots gave the most memorable acceptance speech of the night: Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun pulled off their pants before going onstage to accept Best Pop Duo/Group Performance. Joseph explained that they were watching the Grammys in their underwear a few years ago, when the band was first starting, and that Dun told him, "If we ever win a Grammy, we should receive it just like this." After a commercial break, host James Corden came back without any pants on.
It only took 12 tries, but Megadeth finally won Best Metal Performance. Dave Mustaine said he spoke with Kenny G at the last Grammys he attended, and the soprano sax man said it took him 21 tries. Mustaine joked that if it took him 21 times he’d probably be dead.
Cage the Elephant won the other rock award, Best Rock Album.
Metallica's much-hyped performance of "Moth Into Flame" with Lady Gaga was a bit of letdown due to technical difficulties: James Hetfield’s mic wasn’t on for the first verse. It came on in the second, but he punched it to the ground and sang with Gaga on hers. By the last verse it was fixed but the damage had been done. At the end of the song Hetfield kicked the mic over and then threw his guitar over his amp.
Metallica is owed some apologies after last night's Grammy performance and they've already received one from actress Laverne Cox.
The Orange is the New Black star came on stage to introduce the band's performance with Lady Gaga, but forgot to mention the band's name. She said, "Ladies and gentleman, all my gender non-binary people watching tonight, eight-time Grammy award winners and six-time Grammy winner, Lady Gaga."
Metallica fans took notice and immediately slammed Cox on Twitter. It only got worse after that when James Hetfield's mic didn't work. Overnight, Cox tweeted an apology writing, "I am so sorry to #Metallica and all their fans. I am told I didn’t say their names during the intro. Love you Metallica. You rock." (Us Weekly)