On Instagram, Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich has shared an emotional and meaningful statement about their Grammy loss in 1989.

Lars posted some photos from the Grammy Awards event, and wrote:

“Today 30 years ago, February 22 ‘89, we played the Grammys for the first time and that was quite a mindfuck!!

First time we were in front of a mainstream TV audience.

First time mainstream America was exposed to whatever the hell it is we do.

First time they had a hard rock/metal category on the Grammys.

First time we were Grammy losers, since Jethro Tull, somewhat unexpectedly to most people, walked away with the win.

But all was not lost..

The expressions of disgust from most members of the audience (other than Iggy!) is something I will treasure for the rest of my life.

And I was rocking some pretty crazy hair that was edging dangerously close to a mullet!

Happy days indeed!! #wanna #flashbackfriday #grammyawardlosers #jethrotull #grammys”

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Today 30 years ago, February 22 ‘89, we played the Grammys for the first time and that was quite a mindfuck!! First time we were in front of a mainstream TV audience. First time mainstream America was exposed to whatever the hell it is we do. First time they had a hard rock/metal category on the Grammys. First time we were Grammy losers, since Jethro Tull, somewhat unexpectedly to most people, walked away with the win. But all was not lost.. The expressions of disgust from most members of the audience (other than Iggy!) is something I will treasure for the rest of my life And I was rocking some pretty crazy hair that was edging dangerously close to a mullet! Happy days indeed!! #wanna #flashbackfriday #grammyawardlosers #jethrotull #grammys

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