GRAMMY Awards: 3 Unforgettable Moments
This Sunday marks the 59th Annual Grammy Awards, and when an award show’s been around that long, there are bound to be about a million standout classic rock moments.
That said, this list of GRAMMY moments is by no means exclusive, but it is one that we can firmly stand behind. See if your favorite moments in GRAMMY history align with ours below.
Bob Dylan: 1998 GRAMMYs
Bob Dylan should get 100% of the credit for this solid performance of “Love Sick.” And while we’d love to give him all that credit, we just can’t, and that’s because he did, unexpectedly, share the stage with one Michael Portnoy—the audience member who hopped on-stage with “SOY BOMB” painted on his chest. While the below version of the performance was edited sans-Soy Bomber (what was the deal with that guy, anyway?), it’s still worth a watch because … Bob Dylan.
Elvis Costello, Dave Grohl, Bruce Springsteen, and Steven Van Zandt: 2003 GRAMMYs
Dave Grohl, Elvis Costello, Bruce Springsteen, and Steven Van Zandt played “London Calling” as a tribute to The Clash’s Joe Strummer, who had tragically passed away months before the show. The fact that this group of musicians were together on one stage is enough to make this a great moment, but pair that with the fact that The Clash won a GRAMMY that same night, and you’ve got one killer GRAMMY moment.
Jackson Browne, Emmylou Harris, Dwight Yoakam, Billy Bob Thornton: 2004 GRAMMYs
When Warren Zevon was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer in 2002, he recorded his last songs with some of his favorite musicians, including Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen, and Don Henley. Less than a year after his passing, one of those songs, “Keep Me in Your Heart,” was played during the GRAMMYs, and Jackson Browne, Emmylou Harris, Dwight Yoakam, and Billy Bob Thornton sang the backing vocals, as they all worked on that final album of Zevon’s.
The GRAMMYs air live from the Staples Center this Sunday on CBS.