TALKING HEADS Honored with Lifetime Achievement Award at 2021 GRAMMYS
Talking Heads are among the most influential and enduring American rock bands in history. Formed in New York City at the height of the punk era, Tina Weymouth, Chris Frantz, Jerry Harrison and David Byrne blazed a singular path with a stunning series of albums that reflected the huge leaps in musical innovation the band pioneered along the way.
Shockingly, Talking Heads were only nominated for two Grammy awards during the group's storied career: in 1984, when "Burning Down the House" was up for Best Rock Performance By a Duo or Group with Vocals (the Police's "Synchronicity II" won). Talking Heads were also nominated for Best Concept Video in 1989 for "Storytelling Giant" (the award went to Weird Al Yankovic for "Fat").
The Recording Academy made up for the oversight by awarding Talking Heads a Lifetime Achievement Award at last night's ceremony. The band was honored alongside Marilyn Horne, Salt-N-Pepa, Talking Heads, Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five, and Lionel Hampton.
According to the Recording Academy, "The Lifetime Achievement Award celebrates performers who have made outstanding contributions of artistic significance to the field of recording."
Drummer Chris Frantz (married to bassist Tina Weymouth since 1977) posted a response to the honor on Facebook, tagging fellow member Jerry Harrison: "I'd like to congratulate my bandmates on our Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. We accomplished a lot together and we had a lot of fun, too."