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How the Grammys Messed Up 'In Memoriam'

Jon Wiederhorn
Yahoo Music
January 27, 2014

We're sure the Grammys didn't mean any disrespect to the dead, but show producers didn't score any karma points among Slayer fans. Or "Glee" fans, for that matter.

As is usually the case with award-show In Memorian segments, dearly departed stars are fogotten. This year's biggest omission: Slayer co-founder and guitarist Jeff Hanneman.

Hanneman, who wrote most of the band's best-loved songs, including "Angel of Death," "Raining Blood," "South of Heaven," and "Dead Skin Mask," died May 2 from liver failure at age 49.

But he was MIA from the segment even though Slayer won Grammys for "Eyes of the Insane" in 2007 and "Final Six" in 2008 (both by Hanneman).

Metal fans and musicians unloaded on Twitter. Among them, Disturbed/Device lead singer David Draiman, who made his displeasure known in all caps:

Hanneman wasn't the only established metal musician who died in 2013 but wasn't given a nod by the Grammys. Ex-Iron Maiden drummer Clive Burr missed the tribute roll. Burr played with the band from 1979 to 1982 and drummed on its first three albums, including 1982's breakthrough "Number of the Beast," which is widely considered to be one of the band's best records. Burr died in his sleep on March 12 from complications due to multiple sclerosis. Ex-WWE champion Chris Jericho, who also fronts the metal band Fozzy, noticed the slight.

In addition to Hanneman and Burr, the Grammy "In Memoriam" failed to honor syndicated morning radio DJ Kidd Kraddick, who died July 27 from arteriosclerotic and hypertensive cardiovascular disease at age 53.

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And, finally, while producers gave props to "Glee" star Cory Monteith, who died July 13 from a mixture of alcohol and heroin at the age of 31, the TV memorial mispelled his last name as "Montieth."

Even one of the memorial tributes that was properly recognized (in honor of Lou Reed, who passed away in October) managed to be somewhat bungled. After closing out the "In Memoriam" segment with a clip of Reed, 30 Seconds to Mars's Jared Leto gave a disjointed speech about the rock icon, segueing abruptly into a seemingly unrelated performance from Metallica. The metal superstars actually did collaborate with Reed on 2011's Lulu, which ended up being Reed's final full-length studio recording project before death. However, Leto made no note of this, leaving more casual music fans scratching their heads in confusion.