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Talking Heads among artists set to receive Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award

Talking Heads are among the artists set to receive Lifetime Achievement Awards at next year’s Grammys.

The 63rd Annual Grammy Awards will take place on January 31, 2021. However, due to the coronavirus pandemic, it’s still unknown how the show will go ahead. Alongside Talking Heads, other artists in line to receiving Lifetime Achievement Grammys include Salt-N-Pepa, Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five, Lionel Hampton, Marilyn Horne and Selena.

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

“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 honouring this iconic group of music creators.”

The nominations for the 2021 Grammys have seen Dua Lipa, Taylor Swift, Beyoncé and Billie Eilish receive the most inclusions. Meanwhile, Phoebe Bridgers received four nominations. Fontaines D.C. received a much-deserved nomination for Best Rock Album with Far Out’s Best Album of 2020A Hero’s Death, as did Micheal Kiwanuka after receiving a nomination for 2019’s Kiwanuka, but one person who didn’t celebrate is The Weeknd.

The Canadian vented his frustration at the award’s ceremony, claiming corruption after he found himself snubbed despite having the biggest song of the year and the highest-selling album in America for 2020.

In a message posted to social media, the musician blasted that the Grammys “remain corrupt” and that the organisation “owe me, my fans and the industry transparency”. 

The Grammys have since diplomatically responded: “We understand that The Weeknd is disappointed at not being nominated. I was surprised and can empathise with what he’s feeling,” the statement written by Recording Academy Chair Harvey Mason began.

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