Lzzy Hale Responds To Vinnie Paul GRAMMY Snub

Halestorm vocalist Lzzy Hale is "disheartened" that Vinnie Paul was ignored by the GRAMMYs

Lzzy Hale Responds To Vinnie Paul GRAMMY Snub
Jonathan Weiner

Lzzy Hale has spoken out about her disappointment that late-Pantera drummer Vinnie Paul was snubbed by the GRAMMYs on Sunday night.

At the annual Recording Academy awards bash, the In Memoriam reel failed to mention Vinnie, who died in June at the age of 54. We Came As Romans' Kyle Pavone and All That Remains' Oli Herbert were also excluded from the video package.

"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," said the Halestorm singer on Instagram.

"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 four GRAMMY awards."

Lzzy went on to mention that rock music is "still not given the respect that it deserves" which is why she turned up to present awards with her horns up, wearing a leather jacket.

"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," she continues.

"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."

Halestorm were nominated for Best Rock Performance at this year's GRAMMYs, but lost out to Chris Cornell for his song When Bad Goes Good, taken from his posthumous self-titled album. Lzzy commented that she was "honoured" to have lost to one of her influences.

Halestorm are touring the UK later this year. Get your tickets now.


24 Glasgow SSE Hydro
25 Nottingham Motorpoint Arena
26 Cardiff Motorpoint Arena
28 London Alexandra Palace

Header photo: Jonathan Weiner

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