The Classic Rockers That Won The Grammys
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The 64th annual Grammys awarded a number of classic rockers during a pre-telecast ceremony dubbed as the “Premiere Ceremony” which took place at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Sunday.
The artist that won the biggest rock awards this year was the Foo Fighters. Beating out the likes of AC/DC and Wolfgang Van Halen, the band won three Grammys, including Best Rock Album for Medicine at Midnight, Best Rock Song for “Waiting on a War,” and Best Rock Performance for “Making a Fire.”
Members of the band weren’t present to accept. They were initially scheduled to perform, but cancelled the appearance following drummer Taylor Hawkins’ passing. Presenter Jimmy Jam accepted on their behalf while offering thoughts and prayers.
While, legendary singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell received a standing ovation as she took home the honors for Best Historical Album for Joni Mitchell Archives – Vol.1: The Early Years (1963-1967). She was also honored as the MusiCares Person of the Year.
Another award celebrated was George Harrison’s 50th Anniversary re-release of All Things Must Pass that won the Grammy for Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package. The icon’s widow Olivia Harrison, who was instrumental in the project, was present to accept.
Before noting that All Things Must Pass continues to resonate with listeners, Olivia explained during her speech:
“58 Years ago George Harrison got his first Grammy when the Beatles won Best New Artist. It’s here for you. This music is here for you. It’s full of hope and compassion and healing and rock and roll.”
The Grammy winners also add Police drummer Stewart Copeland, who won the fifth Grammy of his career, taking home Best New Age Album for Divine Tides, his collaborative effort with Indian composer Ricky Kej.
Trent Reznor took home the award for Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media alongside Atticus Ross and Jon Batiste for their work on the film Soul. Although, the category provided a rare tie this year, with composer Carlos Rafael Rivera also took home honors in the same category for his score to The Queen’s Gambit.
Other rock artists who won includes, Dream Theater wins the Best Metal Performance for “The Alien,” and St. Vincent, who took home Best Alternative Album for Daddy’s Home.