MEGADETH wins first Grammy, accept Grammy to Metallica song

February 13, 2017

Dave Mustaine will surely remember the first time he finally took home a golden gramophone, but there’s something else about the night that’s going to stick out.

At the 59th Annual Grammy Awards, Mustaine’s group finally took home a Grammy for Best Metal Performance for “Dystopia.” Megadeth beat out Korn, Baroness, Gojira, and Periphery on their 12th nomination, receiving their trophy during the Pre-Show.

Immediately after Megadeth was announced, instead of playing audio of the song that won, the house band that plays the artists down jumped into a rendition of “Master Of Puppets.” You may already know this, but Megadeth does not perform the song “Master Of Puppets,” but rather Metallica.

The history between the two bands has been well-documented over the years. Dave seemed to take the gaffe in stride, doing a small air guitar for the camera on his walk-down and responding to a fan post-Grammys. (The fans original tweet stated that what happened was a “slap in the face.”)


Perhaps the house band jumping into “Master Of Puppets” was an honest mistake on reflex, as Metallica has won “Best Metal Performance” a record 6 times – the next closest are Tool, Black Sabbath, Nine Inch Nails and Slayer who all have two each. Megadeth has the most nominations without a win at nine, a streak that came to an end with this Grammy.

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