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Metallica in 2008
Metallica in 2008

The Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance is an award presented at the Grammy Awards to recording artists for quality heavy metal music performances. The Grammy Awards is an annual ceremony, where honors in several categories are presented by The Recording Academy of the United States to "honor artistic achievement, technical proficiency and overall excellence in the recording industry, without regard to album sales or chart position". The honor was first presented to Metallica (pictured) at the 32nd Annual Grammy Awards (1990) for the song "One". Metallica holds the records for the most wins, with six. The bands Black Sabbath, Nine Inch Nails, Slayer, and Tool have each received the award twice. Ministry holds the record for the most nominations without a win, with six. (Full list...)

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Common black hawk

The common black hawk (Buteogallus anthracinus) is a bird of prey in the family Accipitridae, which also includes the eagles, hawks, and Old World vultures. The mangrove black hawk, traditionally thought to be a distinct species, is now generally considered a subspecies, B. a. subtilis, of the common black hawk.

This picture shows a bird of the Buteogallus anthracinus gundlachii subspecies, in Cuba.

Photograph: Charles J. Sharp

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