The metal world is still fuming over Vinnie Paul’s lack of inclusion in the “In Memoriam” segment that ran on the Grammy Awards this past Sunday night, a video reel honoring several of the most notable members of the music community we lost over the past year. While his name was included on a short list of several hundred the Academy put together prior to the ceremony, Paul — who was nominated for four Grammys during his career — didn’t make the cut to be included in the broadcast. All That Remains guitarist Oli Herbert, We Came as Romans singer Kyle Pavone and Cave In bassist Caleb Scofield are other prominent members of the metal community who passed in 2018 that were also included on the initial shortlist but didn’t make it into the TV segment.
Several members of high-profile metal bands have shared their outrage at Paul’s snub on social media over the past few days. Here are a few of those posts.
Lzzy Hale (Halestorm):
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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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Matt Heafy (Trivium):
I am a Grammy nominee. But I would not be a Grammy nominee or in a band or into Metal without Vinnie Paul Abbott. Dear @RecordingAcad – the Metal category is hardly recognized at your awards, and you left out an In Memoriam artist who is responsible for shaping Metal and rock. pic.twitter.com/aEB1n9XHwb
— Matthew kiichichaos Heafy (@matthewkheafy) February 11, 2019
Mike Inez (Alice in Chains):
Chris Jericho (Fozzy):
Matt Sorum (ex-GNR, ex-Velvet Revolver, ex-The Cult):
Vinnie Paul Being left out was another travesty and the reality of the Grammys. Fans of most of those artists are looking for the latest thing . Vinnie has loyal fans in the millions that will live on well beyond that event.
— matt sorum (@mattsorum) February 11, 2019
Frankie Banali (Quiet Riot):
IN 2007 THE GRAMMYS EXCLUDED KEVIN DuBROW IN THEIR “IN MEMORIAM” & IN 2019 THE GRAMMYS EXCLUDED VINNIE PAUL IN THEIR “IN MEMORIAM….” THAT’S ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE GRAMMYS & THE MUSIC AND MUSICIANS WE LOVE….. pic.twitter.com/KdsXHRHvrx
— Frankie Banali (@FrankieBanali) February 12, 2019
Jason Bieler (Saigon Kick):
One of the things I was most looking forward to in my career was seeing myself on the In Memoriam segment on the Grammy’s but if they didn’t take the time to honor the great Vinnie Paul…I fear I’ll never see myself on the show.
— Jason Bieler (@jasonbieler) February 11, 2019
Phil Labonte (All That Remains):
Rock n metal act like the abused in an abusive relationship with the Grammys. They nominate bands n everyone is all excited “ooo, look! The Grammys approve of us now, we’ll be respected!” Then they slap the shit out of rock n metal. Stop looking for approval and stop caring. https://t.co/HYfVFoBGU1
— PhilThatRemains (@philthatremains) February 11, 2019