The performers at the 2014 Grammy awards have just been announced, and this year Metallica will return to that stage after a 22 year absence.
They will perform with a very special guest - the globe-trotting, energetic Chinese concert pianist Lang Lang.
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An announcement on the band's official website stated:
"Happy New Year! We are psyched to be kicking off 2014 with a return to the 56th Annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, January 26. We'll be celebrating the 25th anniversary of being the first hard rock band to ever perform on the show and it will be our first visit to the Grammy stage since 1992."
This will be one of the most unique performances of our career as we will be joined by renowned concert pianist Lang Lang, who has played 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.
Lang Lang is a brilliant talent who brings an extraordinary energy to his performances. He embodies the rock and roll spirit, as seen in the video below, when he plays in torrential rain of biblical proportions with only the lightest of covers over him and the piano:
The 2014 Grammys take place on January 26 and will air live from The Staples Centre, Los Angeles on CBS from 8-11:30PM ET.
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