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Spencer Kaufman is the Editor-in-Chief of Loudwire. He grew up playing stickball and basketball in Brooklyn, N.Y., before graduating from the University of Wisconsin with a degree in Communication Arts. He has been a professional music journalist for more than a decade in New York City. He digs punk, hardcore and industrial music, and fondly remembers the time Iggy Pop landed on him after a stage dive. His favorite movie is 'Taxi Driver' and he once played in a fictional college band called the Raging De Niros.

Open Letter to the Grammys: Give Metal and Hard Rock the Respect They Deserve

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Spencer Kaufman, Loudwire (Osbourne and Reznor) / Kevin Winter, Getty Images (Hanneman)

We recently published an open letter to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, asking them to consider some of the greatest hard rock + metal acts ever for induction. But now we point our dissatisfaction at the 2014 Grammy Awards, which took place Sunday night, Jan. 26, and featured one rock and metal snub after another.

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2014 Grammy Awards Snubs Late Slayer Guitarist Jeff Hanneman During ‘In Memoriam’ Segment

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Herfitz PR / Photo Credit: Andrew Stuart

As it does every year, the Grammy Awards paid tribute to the musicians who passed away over the past 12 months with an 'In Memoriam' segment toward the end of Sunday night's ceremony. However, there was at least one glaring omission, as there was no mention of late Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman.

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Korn, Rob Zombie and Five Finger Death Punch Headline 2014 Fort Rock Festival

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The impressive lineups for the big 2014 festivals continue to roll out, with the latest among them being the 2014 Monster Energy's Fort Rock festival at JetBlue Park in Ft. Myers, Fla. The headliners for the April 26 event are Korn, Rob Zombie and Five Finger Death Punch.

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Avenged Sevenfold, Korn, Alter Bridge, 5FDP + Rob Zombie Lead Welcome to Rockville 2014 Lineup

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The lineup for the two-day 2014 Monster Energy's Welcome to Rockville Festival at Metropolitan Park in Jacksonville, Fla., has been announced, and it features an all-star lineup of today biggest rock acts. Avenged Sevenfold, Korn, Alter Bridge, Five Finger Death Punch and Rob Zombie are among the many bands set to rock the annual event.

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The Pretty Reckless Rock Acoustic Version of ‘Going to Hell’ – Exclusive Video

Taylor Momsen

With the Pretty Reckless gearing up to release their new album, 'Going to Hell' on March 18 via Razor & Tie Records, lead singer Taylor Momsen and guitarist Ben Phillips stopped by the Loudwire studio to perform a stirring rendition of the disc's infectious title track.

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Stone Sour Go for the ‘Gold’ at NYC Show With Pop Evil and Stolen Babies

Spencer Kaufman, Loudwire
Spencer Kaufman, Loudwire

Saturday night. New York City. White suit. Packed club. Sounds like a scene out of 'Saturday Night Fever,' right? But this scene didn't star John Travolta as Tony Manero. Instead, it featured Corey Taylor in the role of Stone Sour frontman and all-around entertainer.

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Ministry Mastermind Al Jourgensen to Enter Rehab for Alcohol Abuse

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Legendary Ministry mastermind Al Jourgensen, who helped pioneer the industrial rock movement, has announced that he is checking into a rehab facility on Feb. 3 to combat his alcohol abuse. The rock frontman, who has infamously battled addictions to drugs and alcohol throughout his career, announced the news via a series of colorful Facebook posts.

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Rock on the Range 2014 Lineup: Guns N’ Roses, Avenged Sevenfold, Slayer, Kid Rock, 5FDP + More

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Jason Merritt, Getty Images / Mary Ouellette, SheWillShootYou.com / Spencer Kaufman, Loudwire

The lineup for the 2014 Rock on the Range festival has just been announced, and it just might be the strongest yet for the premier U.S. hard rock event. The three-day extravaganza will boast headlining performances from Guns N' Roses, Avenged Sevenfold and Kid Rock, with a bevy of hard rock and metal powerhouses joining them on the bill.

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Category: Concerts, Festivals, Metal, News, Rock

Philip Anselmo’s Mindset on Debut Solo Album: ‘There’s No Rules in Music’

Philip Anselmo

Philip Anselmo and his backing band the Illegals have just embarked on the 2014 winter leg of their Technicians of Distortion Tour in support of the 2013 album 'Walk Through Exits Only.' Prior to the trek, Anselmo and his Illegals drummer Jose Manuel 'Blue' Gonzales took some time to chat with Loudwire about the album.

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