Stax Records soul music veteran and longtime metro Atlanta resident William Bell won his first Grammy award at the 59th annual awards ceremony on Sunday, February 12th, as his album This Is Where I Live was named Best Americana Album. Bell also performed during the broadcast, with guitarist Gary Clark Jr. joining him for a smokin’ rendition of Bell’s “Born Under a Bad Sign.”
While Bell was the only Georgian to win a proper Grammy this year, Atlanta rapper 2 Chainz is featured, along with Lil Wayne, on Chance the Rapper’s “No Problem,” which won the Grammy for Best Rap Performance.
And longtime Douglas, Georgia resident Maureen “Moe” Tucker now shares a Lifetime Achievement Award with her former bandmates in The Velvet Underground, as the influential 1960s New York-based group was recognized not only for their music but their ongoing impact on new generations of raggedy young rock bands. Tucker, the band’s drummer, is one of two surviving principle members of the VU, the other being multi-instrumentalist John Cale, who attended the ceremony. Guitarist/vocalist/songwriter Lou Reed died of liver disease in 2013, guitarist Sterling Morrison passed away in 1995, and German vocalist Nico, who sang on the band’s first album, died after a bike accident in 1988.