James Hetfield is a well-known American musician who is best known to be the lead vocalist of the band Metallica. He is the co-founder, songwriter, and rhythm guitarist of the band. He co-founded the band in 1981 and has released several albums with Metallica.
Hetfield is known as one of the greatest guitarists of all time. With Metallica, he has won several accolades. Let’s find out how much is James Hetfield’s net worth in 2018 And how did the musician managed to accumulate all the wealth and fame.
James Hetfield Early Life
James Alan Hetfield was born on August 3, 1963, in Downey, California to his parents Virgil Lee Hetfield and Cynthia Bassett Hetfield.
He completed his schooling at Brea Olinda High School and has been practicing guitar since he was nine years old. He also went to Downey High School.
In 1997, James Hetfield got married to Francesca Hetfield. The couple has three children named Castor Virgil Hetfield, Cali Tee Hetfield, and Marcella Francesca Hetfield. He currently resides in Vail, Colorado.
He was influenced by music Aerosmith. He was also influenced by Queen, Deep Purple, Venom, Led Zeppelin, Alice Cooper, Ted Nugent, Kiss, Sex Pistols, Black Sabbath, Cheap Trick, Van Halen, Rush, and many others. One of his earliest bands was Obsession and Leather Charm.
James Hetfield Career, Awards & Achievement
In 1981, James Hetfield founded the band Metallica along with Lars Ulrich. It was later joined by various other members. In 1983, they released their debut album called ‘Kill ‘Em All’. It became a multi-platinum certified album. A year later, they released the album ‘Ride the Lightning’. This too became multi-platinum.
Metallica released ‘Master of Puppets’ in 1986. It sold more than 4.5 million copies in the US alone. This was followed by another successful album ‘…And Justice for All’ in 1988. Their self-titled album was released in 1991. In 1996, the band came up with ‘Load’. ‘Reload’ became available from November 1997.
In the 2000s, Metallica released ‘St. Anger’ and ‘Death Magnetic’. Their most recent studio album entitled ‘Hardwired… to self-Destruct’ was released in November 2016. Metallica has also released four live albums, 10 video albums, 41 music videos, 3 EPs, 3 box sets, and 39 singles.
Hetfield has released many popular singles for Metallica. He has also provided back vocals for many other artists like Corrosion of Conformity, Danzig, and has played guitar for many other artists. He has appeared in several TV shows like ‘American Dad!’, ‘The Simpsons’, ‘Celebrity Deathmatch’, ‘Time Warp’, and ‘Space Ghost Coast to Coast’.
With Metallica, James Hetfield has won many accolades. He is the winner of nine Grammy Awards out of 23 nominations. They have also won two American Music Awards, four Billboard Music Awards, and three MTV Video Music Awards. In 2017, the band won the Echo Music Prize and was nominated for the World Music Awards in 2008. In 2009, the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Metallica has appeared in the list of several organizations as one of the best bands of all time.
Net Worth of James Hetfield
James Hetfield has an estimated net worth of more than $300 million. He made this fortune by becoming a part of Metallica and releasing a number of albums. Metallica is one of the most popular rock bands of all time and has sold over 120 million albums in the world. All of their studio albums have been certified platinum or multi-platinum. Part of his wealth also comes by appearing as a guest artist for several other artists and by appearing or lending his voice to television.
James Hetfield is considered one of the most popular singers the world. He found considerable success by becoming a member of Metallica. He has never released a solo album and has been with Metallica, ever since its inception. He is a rock star who has got millions of fans worldwide.