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James Hetfield Is Celebrating His 55th Birthday

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LOS ANGELES, CA – August 3, 2018

Prominent American musician, lead singer, guitarist and songwriter of legendary heavy-metal band Metallica, James Hetfield, is celebrating his 55th birthday today.

Back in 2009, Hetfield was ranked at no. 8 in Joel McIver's book The 100 Greatest Metal Guitarists and no. 24 by Hit Parader on their list of the 100 Greatest Metal Vocalists of All Time.

In Guitar World's poll, Hetfield was placed as the 19th greatest guitarist of all time, as well as being placed second (along with Metallica lead guitarist Kirk Hammett) in The 100 Greatest Metal Guitarists poll of the same magazine. Rolling Stone placed Hetfield as the 87th greatest guitarist of all time.

Metallica, the main project of his life, has won nine Grammy Awards and released ten studio albums, three live albums, four extended plays and 24 singles, and is now pretty much the most influential metal band in the world.

Author: USA Really