Metallica win a Grammy for Best Metal Performance for "One." Also nominated in the same category are Dokken, Queensryche, Faith No More, and Soundgarden.
Metallica hit One On One studio in North Hollywood, Calif. to record their next album. This will be the first album with producer Bob Rock.
The album is remixed three times and release is stalled for almost a year.
"The grueling sessions cost the band $1 million and ended three marriages."
--Ian Christie (Sound of the Beast)
Metallica win a Grammy for Best Heavy Metal Performance for their rendition of Queen's "Stone Cold Crazy." Others nominated in same category are: Suicidal Tendencies, Judas Priest, Anthrax, and Megadeth.
Metallica (otherwise known as The Black Album) is released. It debuts at #1 on the Billboard Pop Album Chart and stays there for four straight weeks. First week sales top 600,000 copies. The album features James playing the sitar at the beginning/intro to "Wherever I May Roam". The band throws a listening party at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
"The only annoying thing is that our album played the Garden before we did."