Talking Heads to Receive Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award

Talking Heads lead singer David Byrne, bassist Tina Weymouth, keyboardist Jerry Harrison, and drummer Chris Frantz play a August 1980 concert in Central Park. Adrian Belew joins the original Talking Heads for the concert. (Photo by Melissa Hill/Corbis/VCG via Getty Images)
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NOT SO FUN FACT: Despite a groundbreaking career packed with innovative and influential music, band Talking Heads somehow never won a Grammy award (they were nominated only twice). That glaring and unfortunate oversight is being corrected thanks to the band being among a clutch of acts being recognized with Lifetime Achievement Awards at the 63rd annual Grammys on January 31st, 2021. Selena, Salt-N-Pepa and Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five are the other artists being honored with Lifetime Achievement Awards.

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“As we welcome the new class of Special Merit Award honorees, it gives us a chance to reward and recognize the influence they’ve had in the music community regardless of genre,” Harvey Mason Jr., interim President/CEO of the Recording Academy, said in a statement.

“As a music creator and music lover, I am grateful that we are able to look back at our influences and see the impact that they have made on our community. In a year where music has helped keep us together, I look forward to honoring this iconic group of music creators.”

Talking Heads drummer Chris Frantz (who's very active on Facebook, BTW), responded to the news in typically low-key but appreciative fashion.

Well, what do you know?

Posted by Chris Frántz on Tuesday, December 22, 2020
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