Late Pantera & Hellyeah drummer Vinnie Paul was not included in the Memoriam section of the Grammy Awards.
Vinnie Paul died last year on 22nd June from Coronary artery disease at the age of 54 years old.
Multiple huge celebrities such as Matt Heafy (Trivium) and Matt Sorum (Former GnR Drummer) took to social media to express there dissapointment with the world.
Matt Heafy tweeted out yesterday:
"I am a Grammy nominee. But I would not be a Grammy nominee or in a band or into Metal without Vinnlue Paul Abbot. 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."
Guns n Roses drummer Matt Sorum also tweeted out saying "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 we live on well beyond that event."
Halestorms lead singer Lzzy Hale took it a step further by writing a letter to Recording Academy in which she shared on her instagram account:
Lzzy begins by informing Recording Academy that she is honored for being nomitated and losing to one of her influences:
"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, Chriss Cornell. His children got up on stage and filled my heart with such love as they paid tribute to their father."
She then begins talking about her dissapointment about the Grammy's: "But I am dissapointed and disheartened that Vinnie Paul of Pantera /Hell Yeah. All That Remains guitarist Oli Herbert and Kyte Pavone of We Came As Romans were not acknowledged in the Annual Memoriam list this year.
She then continues by talking about how the committe has specifically chosen to not include the legendary artist: "There's a committe 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 committe votes. And from that, they cut it down to a reasonable number for telivision. I get it. But that is not an excuse for not including my friend Vinniue Paul of Pantera / Hell Yeah, who has in fact been nomimated for 4 Grammy awards.
Lzzy goes onto talk about why she herself is involved in the Rock/Metal industry.
"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 Televies 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 to 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. I will continue to be an ambassador for Rock and to fight for the respect that it deserves. - Lzzy Hale"
We totally agree with what the artists above have said. Vinnie Paul was a legendary rock star who was well respected by millions including celebrities.
Here's a YouTube video dedicated to Vinnie Paul with some of his greatest moments:
Source: Nawe (YouTuber)
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