Metallica, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee
(Learn more about the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at http://www.rockhall.com/).
Metallica is the most commercially successful heavy metal band of the past quarter century. Since forming in California in 1981, Metallica’s line-up has primarily consisted of drummer Lars Ulrich, rhythm guitarist and vocalist James Hetfield, and lead guitarist Kirk Hammett, as well as current bass player Robert Trujillo. Longtime bassists for the band, the late Cliff Burton, and Jason Newsted, are also being inducted.
Metallica’s early releases included fast tempos, instrumentals, and aggressive musicianship that placed them as one of the “big four” of the thrash metal subgenre (along with Slayer, Megadeth, and Anthrax).
The band earned a growing fan base in the underground music community and critical acclaim, with the 1986 release Master of Puppets described as one of the most influential and “heavy” thrash metal albums. The band achieved substantial commercial success with its self-titled 1991 album, which debuted at number one on the Billboard 200. With this release the band expanded its musical direction resulting in an album that appealed to a more mainstream audience. According to the Recording Industry Association of America, Metallica is the third best-selling American band of all time, with more than 56 million albums sold to date, placing behind only The Eagles and Aerosmith among American bands.
The band has also won seven Grammy awards.