GRAMMY AWARDS: This Sunday in L.A.
Classic rock is virtually non-existent at this year’s awards.
The Grammy Awards will be handed out Sunday at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, but don’t look for too many classic rock acts to be sauntering on stage to make an acceptance speech as very few have been nominated.
Those who have are:
- U2 and Tom Petty for Best Rock Album with Songs of Innocence and Hypnotic Eye.
- Gregg Allman for his performance of “Statesboro Blues” with Taj Mahal from the Allman tribute concert in January 2014. It’s up for Best American Roots Performance.
- The late Johnny Winter got a nod for Best Blues Album.
And that’s about it. Albums by Pink Floyd, The Grateful Dead, Neil Young, Pearl Jam and Metallica are also nominated, but if they win, the awards will go to the folks who put the albums, packages or films together.
However, on the performance side of the stage, AC/DC will make their first-ever Grammy appearance; Paul McCartney will back Rihanna and Kanye West on guitar and background vocals on her song “FourFiveSeconds”; and Jeff Lynne will perform with Ed Sheeran. If Beck doesn’t win Album Of The Year for ‘Morning Phase’, these awards are complete garbage.