The Metal Box is a weekly web series posted each Friday where we discuss all things hard rock and heavy metal: news, videos, interviews, live concerts and more.

This week, we talk about the upcoming Grammy Awards on Feb. 12 and Metallica's 'special performance' and the nominees in the rock/metal categories. Watch video above.

Metallica formed out of Los Angeles, California in 1981 when singer/guitarist James Hetfield answered an advertisement posted by drummer Lars Ulrich in a local newspaper. The band’s classic lineup featured founding members Hetfield and Ulrich, along with guitarist Kirk Hammett and bassist Jason Newsted. The band's fast tempo, aggressive sound made them one of the “Big Four” thrash metal bands along with Anthrax, Megadeth, and Slayer. The band established a growing fanbase in the underground metal community and won critical acclaim for their first four albums. Their third album Master of Puppets was described as one of the most influential and heaviest thrash albums. The band received it’s most commercial success with their fifth album, The Black Album which debuted at number 1 on the Billboard 200 in 1991.