“Why don’t the Grammys matter? Because it feels rigged and cheap – like a popularity contest that the insiders club has decided.”~Trent Reznor
So this year I had specifically decided to skip watching The GRAMMY Awards Show, on account that its just gotten totally lame.
But I got sucked into it towards the end, and believe you me … the person responsible for it shall have compensatory damages to pay. But all of that nonsense aside… I was honestly intrigued when I kept hearing that METALLICA was going to be performing.
So during most of the show, I kept the television muted because honestly there was nobody or nothing that I wanted to hear. I was not totally uninterested.
And then over the course of an hour and fifteen minutes, I kept track…. only THREE awards were given out. THREE, in seventy-five minutes. What the hell is going on here????
Between commercial advertisements that were of Super Bowl length and one after another after another of pompous live performances that just killed my IQ, only THREE Awards??
So there it was, the announcement and introduction of METALLICA and someone named Lang-Lang who was on piano.
METALLICA played their signature song “One” and this time performed it with a piano.
But they play this song differently live than on their album recording. There is… shall we say….. a change in lyrics?
James Hetfield dragged it out and said “SHIT” but it came out more like “shaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat” and the FCC failed to censor any of the word from its American audiences.
Seven second delay my ass!!
And that was a decision based on the famous “nip slip” of Janet Jackson at the Halftime Show at the Super Bowl a long time ago.
They couldn’t edit ONE cuss word that they knew was coming? That’s the way METALLICA has performed it for years and years and years.
Hell, METALLICA performed the exact same song in 1989 the exact same way, and got away with it there too! There’s YouTube videos to back that one up!!!
I was laughing, not honestly knowing if my tormentor was understanding the significance of this moment or even caring. I should have insisted no bathroom breaks, no getting up, or anything and made them suffer through the song as I suspect that they are not heavy metal fans. I could be wrong.
Pay back … you know what they say about it, my dear. MAYBE I……
And in the end… Metallica played this song with the addition of a pianist and its getting mixed reviews by fans on social media. They got away with cussing on television. And most importantly: METALLICA owns the FCC!!