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Posted at 10:09 AM ET, 02/08/2012

Metallica curates its own festival; Chris Brown to perform at Grammys

James Hetfield and Metallica are the latest band to curate its own festival. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
- Metallica will perform its classic albums “Ride the Lightning” and “Metallica” (aka “the Black Album”) at its inaugural Orion Festival on June 23 and 24 in Atlantic City. The two-day fest is curated by the band and the rest of the lineup is decidedly non-metal — Arctic Monkeys, Modest Mouse, [Expletive] Up, Titus Andronicus, Roky Erickson, Gary Clark Jr., Best Coast and many more. Tickets are a surprisingly reasonable $150 for the two days. Metallica joins the likes of the Roots, Dave Matthews Band, Pearl Jam, Wilco and more as bands that curate their own festivals.

- Chris Brown has been added to the list of performers for Sunday’s Grammy Awards. It was three years ago, just before the 2009 Grammys, that Brown was arrested on domestic violence charges for beating his then-girlfriend, Rihanna. (She will be performing at Sunday’s ceremony, as well.) Alicia Keys and Bonnie Raitt were also added to Sunday’s list of performers; they will be part of a tribute to the late Etta James. Brown’s performance will, for some reason, be part of a special dance/electronica segment that will also feature Deadmau5, David Guetta and, um, Foo Fighters?

- The Juno Awards announced nominees for the best of Canadian music. Album of the year nominees are Avril Lavigne, Drake, Justin Bieber, Michael Buble and Nickelback. So there ya go.

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Categories:  Morning click | Tags:  Metallica, Chris Brown

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