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Halestorm’s Lzzy Hale “Disheartened” On Vinnie Paul, Oli Herbert & Kyle Pavone Being Snubbed During GRAMMYS ‘In Memoriam’ Tribute


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Halestorm vocalist/guitarist Lzzy Hale has taken to social media to comment on yesterday’s (February 10th) 61st annual GRAMMYS omitting numerous metal and hard rock musicians during their annual televised ‘In Memoriam’ segment. Hale herself was a presenter during the earlier livestreamed pre-show event for the awards ceremony and is herself a previous GRAMMY winner. Additionally, Halestorm were also among the nominees for ‘Best Rock Performance’ this year, however that award went to late Soundgarden, etc. frontman Chris Cornell.

Among those not mentioned in the ‘In Memoriam’ segment, which honors musicians and music industry professionals we’ve lost in the past year, were Vinnie Paul of Pantera/HELLYEAH fame, Oli Herbert of All That Remains and Kyle Pavone of We Came As Romans. All three were however recognized on Grammy.com.

Sadly their omissions from the actual broadcast were the latest in a long line of snubs for rock and metal as numerous heavier musicians have also been overlooked by the segment over the years. Speaking on the matter, Hale stated:

“It was a whirlwind of a Grammy Week. It was so wonderful to be nominated, and I’m honored to have lost that Grammy to one of my influences, Chris Cornell. His children got up on stage and filled my heart with such love as they paid tribute to their father.

But I am disappointed and disheartened that Vinnie Paul of Pantera/ Hell Yeah,All That Remains guitarist Oli Herbert and Kyle Pavone of We Came As Romans were not acknowledged in the Annual Memoriam list this year.

There’s a committee at The Recording Academy and, in December, they put together a list that goes into the hundreds, 300 to 400 people. They go through that list and this committee votes. And from that, they cut it down to a reasonable number for television. I get it. But that is not an excuse for not including my friend Vinnie Paul of Pantera/ Hell Yeah, who has in fact…been nominated for 4 Grammy awards.

I am very much aware that our genre is still not given the respect that it deserves.

This is why I’m involved.
That’s why I was there, in my leather jacket and horns raised, representing my genre Presenting Awards at the Pre Televised ceremony.
That is why I was present at the televised show, sitting next to the cool kids.
Like anything in this world, if you want change, you must take action.
If I threw in the towel the first or hundredth time someone didn’t take me seriously or told me I couldn’t make it cuz I was a girl… then all the hard work and passion I bear for my love of music would be wasted.
So, with the same passion, I will not waste my time in the light.
I will continue to be an ambassador for Rock and to fight for the respect that it deserves.

Lzzy Hale

#RaiseYourHorns #TheGrammys #RockNeverDies”

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It was a whirlwind of a Grammy Week. It was so wonderful to be nominated, and I’m honored to have lost that Grammy to one of my influences, Chris Cornell. His children got up on stage and filled my heart with such love as they paid tribute to their father. But I am disappointed and disheartened that Vinnie Paul of Pantera/ Hell Yeah,All That Remains guitarist Oli Herbert and Kyle Pavone of We Came As Romans were not acknowledged in the Annual Memoriam list this year. There's a committee at The Recording Academy and, in December, they put together a list that goes into the hundreds, 300 to 400 people. They go through that list and this committee votes. And from that, they cut it down to a reasonable number for television. I get it. But that is not an excuse for not including my friend Vinnie Paul of Pantera/ Hell Yeah, who has in fact…been nominated for 4 Grammy awards. I am very much aware that our genre is still not given the respect that it deserves. This is why I’m involved. That’s why I was there, in my leather jacket and horns raised, representing my genre Presenting Awards at the Pre Televised ceremony. That is why I was present at the televised show, sitting next to the cool kids. Like anything in this world, if you want change, you must take action. If I threw in the towel the first or hundredth time someone didn’t take me seriously or told me I couldn’t make it cuz I was a girl… then all the hard work and passion I bear for my love of music would be wasted. So, with the same passion, I will not waste my time in the light. I will continue to be an ambassador for Rock and to fight for the respect that it deserves. -Lzzy Hale #RaiseYourHorns #TheGrammys #RockNeverDies

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