METALLICA was named “Best International Band” at the 2017 NME Awards, held Wednesday night (February 15) at the O2 Academy in Brixton, south London, England.

The group was up against the likes of TAME IMPALA, GREEN DAY, KINGS OF LEON, A TRIBE CALLED QUEST and TEGAN AND SARA in the category.

The band couldn’t make it to the ceremony due to other commitments, but sent a short video of them accepting the award in Copenhagen.

The annual awards are voted on by readers of the NME music news title.

The North American leg of METALLICA‘s “WorldWired” 2017 tour kicks off on May 10 in Baltimore, Maryland and will hit stadiums in 25 cities before winding down in mid-August. Support on the quartet’s first North American trek since 2009 will come mainly from AVENGED SEVENFOLD and VOLBEAT, with GOJIRA taking over for the latter group for the last six shows.

General ticket sales start today (Friday, February 17) at 10:00 a.m. local time.

Each ticket purchased will come with a copy of METALLICA‘s new album, “Hardwired… To Self-Destruct”, available as a physical CD or a digital download. Various VIP packages are up for sale as well.

METALLICA has also announced the formation of its All Within My Hands Foundation, which will raise funds through ticket sales to support national, local and Bay Area charities selected by the band members, while continuing to donate to music education programs and local food banks.

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