METALLICA was honored with a Grammy in the "Best Metal Performance" category in the pre-telecast ceremony at the 51st annual Grammy Awards, which are being held tonight (Sunday, February 8) at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. METALLICA was nominated for the track "My Apocalypse", from the band's 2008 album "Death Magnetic".METALLICA was nominated for the very first "Best Metal Performance" Grammy in 1989, but famously lost to JETHRO TULL. The group has won seven Grammys since (not counting tonight's award), including five for "Best Metal Performance." The nominees in this year's "Metal" category were as follows: DRAGONFORCE - "Heroes Of Our Time"
JUDAS PRIEST - "Nostradamus"
METALLICA - "My Apocalypse"
MINISTRY - "Under My Thumb"
SLIPKNOT - "Psychosocial" Only albums released between October 1, 2007, and September 30, 2008, could be considered for this year's awards. The Grammys are determined by 12,000 music industry professionals who belong to the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences. For the first time, nominations were announced on prime-time television as part of "The Grammy Nominations Concert Live!! - Countdown To Music's Biggest Night". The one-hour special — broadcast live on CBS from Nokia Theatre L.A Live — featured past Grammy winners and nominees reading nominations in several categories, as well as performing songs from the Grammy Hall Of Fame in celebration of the grand opening of the Grammy Museum. A complete list of Grammy nominees can be found at this location.