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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.)


Erica Banas is rock/classic rock news blogger that loves the smell of old vinyl in the morning.

Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock news blogger who's well versed in etiquette and extraordinarily nice.