NOT SO FUN FACT: Despite a groundbreaking career packed with innovative and influential music, band Talking Heads somehow never won a Grammy award (they were nominated only twice). That glaring and unfortunate oversight is being corrected thanks to the band being among a clutch of acts being recognized with Lifetime Achievement Awards at the 63rd annual Grammys on January 31st, 2021. Selena, Salt-N-Pepa and Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five are the other artists being honored with Lifetime Achievement Awards.
“As we welcome the new class of Special Merit Award honorees, it gives us a chance to reward and recognize the influence they’ve had in the music community regardless of genre,” Harvey Mason Jr., interim President/CEO of the Recording Academy, said in a statement.
“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 honoring this iconic group of music creators.”
Talking Heads drummer Chris Frantz (who's very active on Facebook, BTW), responded to the news in typically low-key but appreciative fashion.