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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

Jeff Hanneman
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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Metal Masters 5 Thrills Fans and Legends Alike – Recap, Photo Gallery and Video

Photo courtesy of Paris Visone
Photo courtesy of Paris Visone

What do you get when members of Pantera, Slayer, Megadeth, Anthrax, Testament and a slew of other metal bands share the stage? Metal Masters 5!

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Slayer, Pantera, Megadeth, Anthrax Members + More Rock Metal Masters 5 [Videos]

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Mary Ouellette, SheWillShootYou.com

Last night (Jan. 22), metalheads were treated to the fifth installment of Metal Masters. Boasting a lineup of brilliant musicians, the 11 legendary players tore through 22 songs for a captivated Anaheim, Calif., audience. If you were unable to check out Metal Masters 5 in person, no worries! We've got some fan-filmed footage to share with you here.

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Slayer, Suicidal Tendencies + Exodus Team Up for 2014 U.S. Tour

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Spencer Kaufman, Loudwire

Insane tour alert! U.S. metal junkies, this is a bill you won't want to miss. Slayer have just announced a May tour with fellow thrash legends Suicidal Tendencies and Exodus.

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Kerry King on Next Slayer Album: I Can’t Pretend To Be Jeff Hanneman

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Spencer Kaufman, Loudwire

Since the untimely death of Slayer guitar legend Jeff Hanneman, fans have been questioning whether or not the band would be able to continue on. As the main songwriter of the pioneering thrash act, Hanneman left a massive hole in Slayer, but fellow guitarist Kerry King is determined to make it work, already having penned an album's worth of material and feeling "more prepared than I've been before any record."

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Slayer’s Music Makes Little Boy Happy – Best of YouTube

Kid likes Slayer
YouTube: robholio

We all know the feeling we get whenever we hear Slayer come on. There's good reason as to why Slayer fans yell "SLAAAAYERRRRR" at any concert they go to or any time they're out in public and see someone else with a Slayer shirt. The music is awesome and this kid is one of us!

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Open Letter to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: Induct These Hard Rock + Metal Acts ASAP

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Jo Hale, Getty Images / Facebook: Ronnie James Dio / Kevin Winter, Getty Images

Dear Rock and Roll Hall of Fame,

For the second year in a row, you nominated, but ultimately denied induction to Deep Purple. Fans of the legendary hard rock / heavy metal act were disappointed by the snub last year, but as Deep Purple were once again passed over for the 2014 ceremony, the Internet has blown up with serious vitriol against your Hall of Fame.

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Slayer’s Manager Clarifies Band’s Relationship With Producer Rick Rubin

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Spencer Kaufman, Loudwire

In a new interview, Slayer's Tom Araya and Kerry King revealed that the legendary thrash band was no longer signed to Rick Rubin's label, American Recordings. The news was quite surprising, as the band have worked with Rubin ever since recording 'Reign in Blood' in 1986. However, it turns out Slayer may be sticking with Rubin, as evidenced in an official statement from the band.

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Slayer Christmas Light Show Dedicated to Late Guitarist Jeff Hanneman

Slayer Christmas Light Show
YouTube: Slayer Bob

This may be the most impressive metal Christmas light show we've ever posted. Paying tribute to late Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman, a dedicated metalhead took the time to put together a phenomenal light show using a medley of Slayer anthems including 'Hell Awaits,' 'Angel of Death,' 'War Ensemble,' 'Raining Blood' and 'New Faith.'

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Filed Under: Category: Christmas, Metal, News, Videos

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