By now, hard rock and metal fans are used to being ignored by the GRAMMYs, but the Recording Academy really stepped in it last night.
During the "In Memorium" segment, there was one very glaring omission: Vinnie Paul Abbott.
From Pantera to Damage Plan to HELLYEAH, there have been few musicians who waved the metal flag as proudly as Vinnie Paul. His unexpected passing last year proved just how much of an ambassador for the genre he was. The fact he wasn't honored alongside other music figures that died this year just hurts.
Many fans feel the same way. Here are just some of the more notable reactions.
(NOTE: To those who've mentioned Vinnie Paul is listed on the GRAMMY's "In Memorium" section on their website, it is very much not the same as being honored during the telecast, and you'd be a fool to think it is.)
Dear @RecordingAcad: This is a picture of Vinnie Paul. Though you did not think he and other prominent Rock musicians worthy of your memorial segment, there are millions of us who disagree. Shame on the #Grammys for their vile disrespect to so many talented human beings.
And then the @RecordingAcad left Vinnie Paul Abbott out of the In Memoriam reel. Thanks for reminding metalheads you don't really care about our fallen heroes, #GRAMMYs! RIP Vinnie Paul. https://t.co/VX4rDU4lVA
Had the pleasure of seeing Vinnie Paul play drums a couple years ago and he was amazing. The fact his passing was never mentioned during the Grammy's is an insult to the rock community. #GRAMMYs
The #Grammys need to recognise rock & metal musicians. They also forgot to include @slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman in the obituaries at 2014 Grammys. Vinnie Paul Was Left Out Of The Grammys' In Memoriam Reel https://t.co/jVmrUFyjE3 via @KerrangMagazine #Grammys2019 #VinniePaul
@EddieTrunk @Metallica @KerrangMagazine What a fuckin' joke! CLUELESS doesn't even begin to describe the #Grammys committee! Vinnie Paul wasn't just some heavy metal guy, he was previously NOMINATED four fuckin' times for a #Grammy award. It's listed on their own website! https://t.co/6QQPRzGtaW They can't mention him?
I'm actually pissed and shocked that they left out one of the greatest drummers, Vinnie Paul. #GRAMMYs RIP Vinnie Paul. @KerrangMagazine @Pantera @VinniePaulOffic @RecordingAcad https://t.co/bGefDrdAlu
Somebody watching the Grammy's, please let me know if they include Vinnie Paul in the tribute to those we lost this year. It's one thing not to air the Metal awards, but to snub those who have passed is fucking wrong. Thinking of Jeff Hanneman! #RIPVINNIEPAUL #RIPJEFFHANNEMAN
@EddieTrunk What a shit show the Grammys are. How do you leave Vinnie Paul, 4 time Grammy nominated drummer that was a standard bearer for his genre out of in memorium? Pathetic!
the grammys really left vinnie paul out of the in memoriam segment
So...No Dolores O'Riordan or Vinnie Paul love? #Grammys
Can't believe the Grammy's didn't include Vinnie Paul in their "In Memorandum" section for this year. Epic fail. They should have recognized him. @VinniePaulOffic #vinnepaul #bigvin #grammys #grammysfail #epicfail #pantera #hellyeah #damageplan #ripvinniepaul
Erica Banas is rock/classic rock news blogger that loves the smell of old vinyl in the morning.