METALLICA was nominated for the very first “Laborious Rock/Steel Efficiency” Grammy in 1989, however famously misplaced to JETHRO TULL, a band distinguished primarily by its heavy use of flute. Followers — and even some viewers members — had been rightly outraged, although TULL‘s document label tried to make gentle of the fake pas by inserting a Billboard advert that learn, “The flute is a heavy, steel instrument.”
In a brand new interview with Goldmine journal, METALLICA guitarist Kirk Hammett claimed to have forgotten about JETHRO TULL and their music till not too long ago.
“I simply actually acquired into prog about 5 years in the past,” Hammett mentioned. “I wasn’t into prog. Simply by accident I heard JETHRO TULL ‘Stand Up’ and I went, ‘Wow.’ I by no means ever had paid a lot consideration to JETHRO TULL; I simply by no means did. And it did not assist dropping to them in 1989 for that Grammy,” he mentioned, laughing. “However that is actually not the explanation why I wasn’t into JETHRO TULL, imagine me,” he continued. “I simply by no means acquired round to it. Typically you simply do not get round to sure issues. So, I ended up trying out their whole catalog and now I am a full-on JETHRO TULL fan.”
Two months in the past, JETHRO TULL chief Ian Anderson was requested in a brand new interview with the St. Louis, Missouri radio station KSHE 95 if he ever acquired an opportunity to “to rub within the face of METALLICA” the truth that his band gained a “Laborious Rock/Steel Efficiency” Grammy over the San Francisco Bay Space heavy steel giants. He mentioned: “Effectively, I feel METALLICA had been really very gentlemanly. On the time, they did say, after they did win the Grammy subsequent 12 months, as I predicted they’d, they took out a web page in Billboard thanking the document firm, their family and friends for supporting them, the canine — I imply, they thanked all people, together with JETHRO TULL for not releasing a brand new album that 12 months. They’d a humorousness about it. They took it on the chin despite the fact that all people was busy telling them they had been gonna win a Grammy after which, sadly, that 12 months they did not. However they had been the new new act, and certainly they had been gonna win it the next 12 months, and, in fact, they did.”
Three years in the past, on the thirtieth anniversary of that fateful day, METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich took to his Instagram to mirror on his band’s first Grammy loss, writing: “At the moment 30 years in the past, February 22 ’89, we performed the Grammys for the primary time and that was fairly a mindfuck!!
“First time we had been in entrance of a mainstream TV viewers. First time mainstream America was uncovered to regardless of the hell it’s we do. First time that they had a tough rock/steel class on the Grammys. First time we had been Grammy losers, since JETHRO TULL, considerably unexpectedly to most individuals, walked away with the win.
“However all was not misplaced. The expressions of disgust from most members of the viewers (aside from Iggy!) is one thing I’ll treasure for the remainder of my life. And I used to be rocking some fairly loopy hair that was edging dangerously near a mullet! Pleased days certainly!!”
After METALLICA misplaced the 1989 “Finest Laborious Rock/Heavy Steel Recording” Grammy to JETHRO TULL, the Nationwide Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS),mum or dad firm of the Grammys, separated the 2 genres in 1990 by creating classes for “Finest Laborious Rock Efficiency” and “Finest Steel Efficiency”. METALLICA gained the “Finest Steel Efficiency” award the subsequent 12 months, for “One”, and has earned practically a dozen up to now.
When METALLICA‘s “Black” album gained one other “Finest Steel Efficiency” Grammy in 1992, Ulrich “thanked” JETHRO TULL for not releasing an album in that 12 months.
In a 2012 interview with Powerline, Anderson recounted that historic day when his band was given the award for finest laborious rock/steel performer.
“I in all probability get [the question] much more after I’m speaking to American writers than I do [at home in England],” Anderson mentioned. “It is not likely an enormous deal over right here. It was in a 12 months the place it was a brand new class for ‘laborious rock’ ahead slash ‘steel’ and that class nonetheless exists as we speak … and we had been, for some unusual purpose, nominated. And on the time, nobody paid any consideration to the truth that we had been nominated. There was not a peep out of anybody. As a result of they thought there isn’t any means JETHRO TULL are gonna win it. Nor IGGY POP, nor JANE’S ADDICTION. It may be METALLICA as a result of they had been the massive, new, straight-out-of-the-box, monumental, hit expertise that 12 months and all people took it without any consideration that METALLICA had been gonna win the Grammy, together with METALLICA themselves. And when it was ordered to JETHRO TULL, to a barrage of boos and hisses and gasps of disbelief, I might wish to suppose that it wasn’t that the six thousand voting members of the Nationwide Academy Of Recording Arts And Sciences had been voting for JETHRO TULL as a heavy rock band or a heavy steel band. They gave us the award as a result of we had been a bunch of good guys who by no means gained a Grammy earlier than. And unhappy to narrate, even in spite of everything these years, there’s nonetheless no class for finest one-legged flute participant. In any other case, I might be successful it yearly.”