James Hetfield has been a long time supporter of Little Kids Rock, an organization which provides music instruction and instruments to public schools. The Metallica frontman was honored with the charity's inaugural 'Livin' the Dream Award' at their annual Rockin' the Bay Benefit Concert in Menlo Park, Calif., over the weekend, and Hetfield performed "Enter Sandman" with some of the kids during the event (watch the videos below).

"I'm a firm believer in creative expression through music. It is important to have it available from a young age, which is why I support Little Kids Rock's mission to make music education accessible to children," said Hetfield via a press release. "I've seen how music changes people's lives for the better and I am honored to have a part in helping the organization enrich young lives through the lifelong gift of music education."

In addition to Hetfield, drummer Jeff Campitelli (Joe Satriani) and Marcus Henderson (lead guitarist in the Guitar Hero series) also participated in the event that helps raise money and awareness to help revitalize music programs in districts where they have been impacted by budget cuts. Little Kids Rock currently funds music programming for more than 112,000 public school kids in 12 different states.

In addition to his charitable endeavors, Hetfield is also one of the legendary frontmen in metal. He's in the quarterfinals of Loudwire's Greatest Metal Frontman competition, competing against Pantera's Philip Anselmo to try to advance to the final four. You can cast your vote here.

James Hetfield Performs With Kids at Rockin' the Bay Benefit Concert