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Metallica to play Grammys

Metallica play at New York's Apollo Theater Sept. 21, 2014
Metallica play at New York's Apollo Theater Sept. 21, 2014
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Demonstrating an apparent recent love of playing awards shows, it was announced on Tuesday that Metallica will be playing this year's Grammy Awards show with noted pianist Lang Lang (the band also played during Revolver magazine's 2013 Golden Gods Awards show).

"It's been 22 years since the last time we hit the stage at the annual awards show!," the band said through a statement.

"This performance will be truly special with Lang Lang, who has appeared on stages all over the world including the opening ceremonies at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, a White House state dinner, World Cup ceremonies, and the Nobel Prize concert in Stockholm among many other acclaimed appearances.

"We are also very proud that the 'Through The Never' soundtrack has been nominated for a Grammy for 'Best Recording Package' and we're hoping for another win for our friends from Turner Duckworth, who also designed the 'Death Magnetic' art and took home the mini gramophone in 2009."

The 56th annual Grammy Awards will take place at the Los Angeles Staples Center and will be broadcast live at 8:00 p.m. ET on CBS.

While it has yet to be revealed what the band will be playing with the renowned pianist, it isn't their first foray into collaborations with classical musicians. Their 1999 release "Metallica: S&M" was a collection of recordings from a series of concerts held April 21–22, 1999 with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra. Lang Lang has made appearances worldwide, including playing during the opening ceremonies of the 2008 Beijing Olympics, World Cup Ceremonies, and a White House dinner, among others.

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