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Lzzy Hale, others call out Grammys over Vinnie Paul snub

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 10: Lzzy Hale of Halestorm speaks onstage at the premiere ceremony during the 61st annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 10: Lzzy Hale of Halestorm speaks onstage at the premiere ceremony during the 61st annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

In its ongoing quest to disrespect the rock genre, the Recording Academy left late Pantera and Hellyeah drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott off the “In Memoriam” segment of the 61st annual Grammy Awards telecast, which aired on CBS from Los Angeles on Sunday night (February 10th). Also left off the segment were fellow hard rock artists Oli Herbert of All That Remains and Kyle Pavone of We Are Romans, who both passed away last year like Abbott.

Although the three were listed on the Grammy website’s memorial page, one of the many rockers who called out the Academy for blatantly skipping the three on the telecast was Halestorm singer Lzzy Hale, who was a presenter at the event.

Hale wrote on Instagram, “I am disappointed and disheartened that (Abbott, Herbert and Pavone) were not acknowledged in the annual ‘Memoriam’ list this year.” She continued, “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 . . . if you want change, you must take action.”

Hale pointed out that Abbott was nominated for four Grammy Awards over the course of his career, which ended with his death last July at the age of 54.

Other rock artists slammed the Grammys on social media for excluding Abbott and the others, as well as for the Academy’s disregard for rock. No rock awards were given out on the televised ceremony Sunday night — they were all handed out during a pre-telecast ceremony — while the only rock act to perform was Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Story source: Blabbermouth

CHECK IT OUT: Read Lzzy’s post:

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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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