Metallica and Lang Lang to perform together at Grammys

At first glance it may seem like an unlikely pairing – a virtuoso Chinese pianist and an iconic metal band teaming up to perform together.

Yet that’s exactly what Metallica and Lang Lang are going to do at this year’s Grammy awards, being held on 26th January.

“This performance will be truly special with Lang Lang, who has appeared on stages all over the world including the opening ceremonies at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, a White House state dinner, World Cup ceremonies, and the Nobel Prize concert in Stockholm among many other acclaimed appearances,” the band commented. “We are also very proud that the Through the Never soundtrack has been nominated for a Grammy for Best Recording Package and we’re hoping for another win for our friends from Turner Duckworth, who also designed the Death Magnetic art and took home the mini gramophone in 2009.”

Lang Lang is the Grammy’s cultural ambassador to China. It will be the second time he has performed as part of a musical partnership at the Grammy’s – in 2008 he played with Herbie Hancock.