Metal masters Metallica are officially scheduled to hit the Grammy Awards 2014 stage for a unique performance alongside Lang Lang, a renowned Chinese classical pianist known for such notable shows as the opening slot on 2008 Olympics, a White House state dinner concert and more.
"Happy New Year!" the band enthusiastically stated via official website. "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," the announcement further reads.
"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."
The ceremony will take place on January 26 at Los Angeles' Staples Center. Some of the guitar-heavy nominees include Black Sabbath, Anthrax, QOTSA and more. Full details here.
But back to Metallica's performance - how do you think this one might turn out? Some fans seem quite excited, while others are already dubbing Lang the next Lou Reed. Share your thoughts in the comments.