Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Grammys Give Lifetime Achievement to Eclectic Group Including Talking Heads, Salt-N-Pepa, Grandmaster Flash and Kenny Babyface Edmonds


The Grammys kind of soft-pedaled an announcement yesterday about the next round of Special Merit/Lifetime Achievement honorees.

It’s an eclectic group that includes the Talking Heads, Salt-N-Pepa, and Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five, plus opera great Marilyn Horne and late Latina superstar Selena.

There are Trustee Awards, too: Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, who is very much deserving;  jazz legend Benny Golson, who is 91 years young; and award winning engineer Ed Cherney, who died in 2019 and at age 69. Digital tech pioneer Daniel Weiss is the Technical Grammy Award recipient.

All of these will get some kind of brief announcement on the Grammy show January 31st. Recent recipients have been honored in a subsequent PBS broadcast. If there’s one next fall, don’t look for the Talking Heads to show up; David Byrne and the other members of the group– Chris Frantz, Tina Weymouth, and Jerry Harrison– are very estranged. Although I suppose in the new virtual award show spirit, they could send in separate videos accepting the honor.



Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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