Saturday, February 10, 2007
The Grateful Dead to get lifetime Grammy
The Grateful Dead will be honored this weekend with a Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award. The band is being celebrated as "the psychedelic era's most beloved musical ambassadors as well as its most enduring survivors, spreading their message of peace, love, and harmony across the globe for more than four decades." Hard as it is to believe, this will be the first time the band has ever been recognized by the Recording Academy, but drummer Bill Kreutzmann told us he and his bandmates aren't bothered by that: "No, that's just how they are, you know? They want top hitters, not jam-band kinds, I guess. That's just their style. I, I don't -- you know what? I don't get care (laughs). The music got played -- that's the truth. And there's the truth -- there's the music out there, and it's (a) done deal, and so there it is."
The Doors, Joan Baez, Booker T. & the MGs, the late opera star Maria Callas, jazz saxophone innovator Ornette Coleman, and the late Western Swing legend Bob Wills are also getting Lifetime Achievement Grammys.
The honors will be noted on the Grammys telecast on CBS on Sunday (February 11th), but the actual presentation won't be made during the event.
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