The late Slayer guitar player Jeff Hanneman was left out of the memoriam segment of the Grammy awards last night, leaving many fans upset.
The legendary heavy metal musician died in May of 2013 and was largely considered to be a major influence on the genre as a whole. However, this was not even the only oversight by the Grammy’s last night.
The late Glee star Cory Monteith had his name misspelled during the in memoriam segment of the show, being displayed as “Montieth.”
Though it is impossible to expect the Grammy’s to recognize every single musician who dies in the course of a year, Hanneman was no small name. He is considered by many to be one of the greatest guitar players of all time and was one of the primary songwriters for Slayer. The band has sold more than 15 million albums worldwide, so it is hard for metal fans and music fans in general not to offended by the oversight.
“Here’s a man who was the chief songwriter in one of the world’s most legendary bands, penning some of the greatest metal tunes of all time, including ‘Angel of Death,’ ‘Raining Blood’ and ‘South of Heaven,’ among others. And did you forget that Slayer actually won two Grammys,” wrote Spencer Kaufman of Loudwire in an open letter to the Grammy’s.