Lady Gaga, Metallica's Grammys Duet Plagued by Sound Issues — Watch

Just seven days after blowing the roof off Houston’s NRG Stadium, Lady Gaga set her sights on Los Angeles’ Staples Center for a slightly less memorable performance at the Grammys.

Known for crafting iconic Grammy moments — need we remind you of her 2010 duet with Elton John, or when she arrived in 2011 via a giant egg? — Gaga attempted to kick things up yet another notch this year, sharing the stage with Metallica. Though Gaga wasn’t nominated for any awards this time around, Metallica’s “Hardwired” was up for Best Rock Song.

Was it a duet that Gaga fans asked for? Probably not. Was it a duet that Metallica fans asked f0r? Definitely not. Alas, it is a thing that happened — and not without a major technical glitch. It seems that someone forgot to turn on Metallica frontman James Hetfield’s microphone, causing the performance to get off to a rocky start. No, really, he was not pleased:

Still, everyone gave it their all, and Gaga gets extra points for that stage dive. So watch the full performance at the top of the post, grade the unorthodox team-up below and drop a comment with your full review.

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  1. Tom says:

    Why precisely was SHE performing with someone awesome like Metallica anyway? I fail to understand that.

    • Rachel says:


    • Leigh says:

      SHE has a lot of talent, just like Metallica. It was in my opinion the most daring of all the duets the Grammys hyped. For what we could hear, she did her best to actually duet and sing the song as it is supposed to be sung. So SHE, Lady Gaga, and Metallica did petty good. But those sound glitches killed what could have been awesome.

    • Joe 2.0 says:

      Metallica and Lady Gaga were paired up because the Grammys are 1)desperately trying to appear hip and relevant to everyone(despite still displaying cluelessness about the metal world),and 2)the Grammy broadcast needs to combat declining ratings,and these artist mashups are almost the only thing some viewers care about.

      • DL says:

        Cluelessness about the metal world? I don’t know any metal band with mainstream appeal like Metallica, and the Grammys are without doubt a mainstream awards show. Who were you expecting, Mudvayne?

        • Joe 2.0 says:

          YES,cluelessness about the metal world,indeed. If you think it’s an odd statement,look up “Eddie Trunk slams Grammys for Metallica/Lady Gaga performance” on YouTube. He brought up a lot of valid points on this topic.Thanx.

    • ToyCannon says:

      More like why was the awesome Gaga paired with the likes of Metallica?

  2. Haz says:

    The producers of the Grammys need to get it together. Didn’t they have sound issues last year as well?

    • Dick Clark Productions they same team that botched Mariah Carey’s NYE performance I guess this is vindication for Mariah

    • Jamie says:

      They have sound issues every year – just a few days ago, some of the producers were reminding everyone of when their sound guys effed up Frank Ocean’s “Forrest Gump” performance in 2013. The Grammys are always sloppy.

  3. Guy says:

    And how about that idiot Laverne Cox failing to name Metallica when introducing the performance? She just said Lady Gaga. They are literally one of the biggest rock/heavy metal acts of all time and they didn’t even get an introduction. Smh.

    • Leigh says:

      That was weird. There is a TelePrompter there. There was no excuse gor forgetting Metallica’s name in the introduction. TelePrompTer is right there.

      • Big Cheddar says:

        I agree! I thought Laverne was announcing a separate performance by Gaga since she didn’t mention Metallica. The Grammys owe them a big apology.

        • Big Cheddar says:

          So I watched it again, and it looks like a honest mistake. She was leading up to introduction them (mentioned their grammy wins) and just blew it. It just seems like a bigger diss than it was because of the mic problems during their performance

    • PatriciaLee says:

      The husband says, “That’s bad!” (he doesn’t want to be associated with the Grammys because Queen, Beach Boys, ACDC, and so many others were never honored and more deserving in his opinion than others for decades and decades, so he won’t give me his permission to post the brilliant zingers he’s been spouting for those decades and decades about ignoring the Grammys)

    • Joe 2.0 says:

      It wouldnt be a Grammy broadcast if there weren’t any not-so-subtle glitches(especially in relation to a metal/hard rock performance),like Hetfields’ mic not working. As far as Metallica not being properly introduced,if it was a teleprompter writer’s omission/ineptitude,i would not be surprised. Or maybe Laverne Cox is really an idiot who can’t read.

      • Jamie says:

        Lmao Laverne Cox is easily one of the most perspicacious and well-spoken celebs around. Whereas the Grammys have several problems every year – I’m sure it was a teleprompter eff-up.

        • Temperance says:

          I have no doubt at all that it was just a mistake – Cox is a perfectionist and likes everybody, and I’m sure she’s kicking herself.

    • JamesHetfieldsFist says:

      That, plus the lyric content of “Moth Into Flame” makes me think the mic incident may not have been an accident.

  4. PatriciaLee says:

    There is no excuse for the sound equipment not working. Too bad, Lady Gaga got cheated out of making music history. They look awesome together, and it is hard not to consider it not being an accident. They should do it, again, another time.

  5. Cranky says:

    I was impressed that it was a ‘Metallica ft Lady Gaga’ performance as opposed to them trying to do a ‘classic Grammy moment’ Enter Sandman/Poker Face mash-up. But yeah, that was bs. The Grammy’s had better get their stuff together.

  6. JamesHetfieldsFist says:

    Metallica selects a song about drug-addled fame whores that sell their souls, fade away, die alone, only to have industry vultures pick over the leftovers…could it be that that wasn`t going to go over too well with that crowd ? Or could it be that the Grammys just doesn`t know how to put on a rock performance anymore ?

    • Joe 2.0 says:

      I doubt the crowd or the Grammy organization were aware of the lyrics;most of them only know of Metallica because their fame has made them ubiquitous. And yes,when it comes to honest,down-to-earth rock,metal,etc.,the Grammys try to make it all larger than life and overblown.

  7. Sara says:

    This whole performance reminded me of that Brendan Frasier/Steve Bushemi/Adam Sandler movie Airheads for some reason.

    • Joe 2.0 says:

      You hit it right on the head,Sara. Although Gaga’s performance also brought to mind Tia Carrere and her band from Wayne’s World. Really annoyed by the random “headbangers”flanking the band on both sides of the stage,trying to be metal.

  8. Temperance says:

    I’m not a metal fan at all, but it was great to see Gaga rock out. I was angry on Hetfield’s behalf. I mean, couldn’t a tech run out a mike?