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Metallica and Lang Lang Become 'One' at the Grammys

Twenty-five years ago, Metallica played "One" at their very first Grammy Awards. But despite an impassioned performance, they lost the Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance trophy to a band whose frontman played a classical music instrument, flute-mongers Jethro Tull. At tonight's Grammys, they embraced metal's classicism on that very same song in a unique collaboration with classical pianist Lang Lang.
As fames mounted around the stage, the pianist, dressed in baby blue, opened the song with flurries of discordant notes. In the shadows, guitarist Kirk Hammett skulked in a Lou Reed Transformer shirt waiting to jump in and eventually it all congealed. Frontman James Hetfield played the song's iconic intro and Lang Lang played some expressive runs. Then, as the frontman sang...