If not for the deaths of David Bowie, Motorhead’s Lemmy Kilmister and Glenn Frey of The Eagles, classic rock would be barely recognized at this week’s Grammy Awards.
There will be tributes to all three artists during the telecast, but awards in categories for which classic rock acts are nominated will be handed out in the pre-telecast.
Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
Bob Dylan – Shadows in the Night
Best Pop Vocal Album
James Taylor – Before This World
Best American Roots Song
Don Henley – “The Cost of Living”
Best Spoken Word Album
Patti Smith – Blood on Snow
Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package
Rolling Stones – Sticky Fingers (Super Deluxe Edition)
Best Album Notes
Joni Mitchell – Folksongs of Another America: Field Recordings From the Upper Midwest, 1937-1946
Best Historical Album
Bob Dylan and The Band – The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series Volume 11
Best Surround Sound Album
Roger Waters – Amused to Death
Best Music Film
Mick Jagger (producer) – Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown
Roger Waters – The Wall
Best Rap Performance & Best Rap Song (two categories)
Paul McCartney – co-writer of the Kanye West song “All Day”
The Grammy Awards air live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Monday at 8pm ET on CBS. In Australia, thats Tuesday 12.00pm on FOX8.