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Grammys' sound crew forget to turn on James Hetfield’s Mic

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Metallica's performance with Lady Gaga on Sunday night (February 12th) at the 59th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles turned into something of a disaster when the Grammy sound crew did not turn frontman James Hetfield's mic on, forcing him to share the mic with Gaga after the first verse and chorus.

That seemed to take the steam out of the song, although a scantily-clad Gaga gamely gyrated around the stage and even dove into the audience at one point.

The performance was not helped by the other onstage dancers feebly pretending to be metalheads, and as a further humiliation, presenter Laverne Cox did not even introduce Metallica by 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.”

At the end of the song, a visibly angry Hetfield hurled his guitar at a road crew member while kicking over his mic stand.


Check it out: Metallica ft. Lady Gaga: Moth Into Flame - Grammys Awards 2017

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