Halestorm singer/guitarist Lzzy Hale has slammed Grammy Awards for excluding PANTERA drummer Vinnie Paul, ALL THAT REMAINS guitarist Oli Herbert and Kyle Pavone of WE CAME AS ROMANS in ‘Memoriam’ list.
“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/HELLYEAH, 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/HELLYEAH, who has in fact been nominated for four 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.”