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Bob Dylan performs "Love Sick" as a prankster, Michel 'Soy Bomb' Portnoy, is carried off stage by security during the 40th annual Grammy Awards Wednesday, Feb. 25, 1998, at New York's Radio City Music Hall. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
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Bob Dylan, center, performs with Mumford and Sons and the Avett Brothers at the 53rd annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 13, 2011, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
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Aretha Franklin raises her arms in jubilation after standing in for Luciano Pavarotti at the last minute at the 40th Annual Grammy Awards Wednesday, Feb. 25, 1998, at Radio City Music Hall in New York. Franklin sang "Nessun Dorma" from Puccini's "Turandot" when Pavarotti called in sick. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)


It happened at the Grammys: Midlanders share their top memories
By Kevin Coffey
WORLD-HERALD STAFF WRITER


On Sunday, the Recording Academy will hand out more than 80 shiny little gramophone trophies — even though we'll only see about a dozen during the show.

On Monday, we'll be talking about how great Jack White played or how we can't believe Fun. didn't win best new artist (or, maybe, how they didn't win anything).

This year's Grammys won't be the first memorable ceremony. Over the years, there have been dozens of memorable moments, from performances to speeches and stunts.

We talked to music fans, musicians and Grammy watchers to find their favorite moments from the Grammys over the years.

Bob Dylan in 1998 takes the cake

“Nothing beats the Bob Dylan 'Soy Bomb' incident (in 1998). On live TV, it was quite strange. I remember feeling it was part of the show. Why wouldn't Bob Dylan have a shirtless man with the words 'Soy Bomb' scrawled on his chest? The evening was capped off with Dylan winning album of the year for 'Time Out of Mind' (a personal all-time favorite). Usher mispronounced his name (Bill Dylan). ... Bob proceeded to give a speech for the ages. No one does Grammy acceptances quite like Bob. He looked dead on with his wiry gaze and spoke, 'One time when I was 16 or 17 years old I went and saw Buddy Holly play at the Duluth National Guard armory. I was three feet away from him, and he LOOKED at me. I have some kind of feeling, that he was, I don't know how or why, but I know he was with us all the time when we were making this record in some kind of way. In the words of the immortal Robert Johnson, “The stuff we got will bust your brains out.” I believe him.'”

— Matt Whipkey of The Whipkey Three

'Maggie's Farm' jam a 'classic'

“Avett Brothers, Mumford & Sons and Bob Dylan singing 'Maggie's Farm' (in 2011) was a classic performance. I'm really looking forward to Alabama Shakes' performance this year, too.”

— Joseph Janousek of Rock Paper Dynamite

Jethro Tull win bad for one TV

“I broke a TV as a teen when Jethro Tull won the first Hard Rock award (in 1988). I was so emotionally invested into metal as a kid. Other than that, Pink's performance a couple of years ago was amazing.”

— Marq Manner of Omaha

Steely Dan over Eminem? 'Money'

“The best moment I remember is when Steely Dan shocked the world by beating Marshall Mathers (Eminem) for best album in 2001. That was money.”

— Andy Kammerer of Satchel Grande

Blown away by 'Nessun Dorma'

“There are many. I would point to Mumford & Sons, Avett Brothers and Dylan performance of 'Maggie's Farm' as this marked a turning point in pop music and ushered in the current folk movement. But I have to say Aretha Franklin's last minute fill-in for Pavarotti and her performance of 'Nessun Dorma' for 1998 Grammys — she blew everyone away.”

— Mike Fratt of Homer's Music

A Win to set Twitter afire

“Arcade Fire winning best album and Twitter losing it's collective (head) over it. 'Who are The Suburbs and why did they win best album?' So tasty. Whoever the director of the awards was that year was on his game, rolling the credits and making great takes during that impromptu song.”

— Bill Grennan of Omaha

Arcade fire, its win 'electrifying'

“My most memorable Grammy moment was Arcade Fire shocking many with their win in the Album of the Year category (in 2011) as well as their electrifying performances of 'Ready to Start' and 'Month of May' during the awards show. The album was easily one of my favorites of the year, so I was pulling for them to win big. I remember getting texts from friends and family asking, 'Who is this Arcade Fire?' Their big wins were a big moment for independent labels and artists, and it proved that the Grammy board is not always voting/rooting for the mainstream.”

— Joel Henriksen of Omaha

“I would have been in my mid-20s, and I remember pounding the floor in rage when Jethro Tull won the first Grammy for best metal/hard rock performance. And I LIKE Jethro Tull. Beaten only by the year A Taste of Honey won best new artist, defeating, among others, Elvis Costello. As for most memorable performance, I'm sorry, but the Cee Lo/Gwyneth (featuring the Muppets) version of '(Forget) You' will always have a place in my heart.”


-- Jeri Studt of Underwood, Iowa

“My No. 1 Grammy-related memory is certainly Zack Nipper winning (the award for best recording package for Bright Eyes' 'Cassadaga'). I can still recall getting the call from Melissa, his wife, where I was standing in my apartment and how unbelievably happy I was for him. How happy we all were for him. He's so creative and works so hard on his designs for bands, so it was so cool to see him get it. And maybe even cooler to see a tiny picture of him on TV during the 'also won' part of the TV broadcast later that night.”

-- Jason Kulbel of Saddle Creek Records

“My favorite Grammy moment is a really personal one. I am a huge fan of Southern California singer-songwriter-guitar slinger Dave Alvin (both his solo work and his work with The Blasters). Dave was nominated and won a Grammy in 2001 for his CD of favorite folk material, 'Public Domain: Songs From the Wild Land.' He won, but it was one of those awards that they gave off camera that year, but in the credits for the show they flashed up photos of 'winners announced previously this evening,' and there was Dave, at the podium, Grammy in hand. I do believe I jumped up and hooted and hollered at the TV screen. Always wonderful to see personal favorite artists who are also deserving get some credit in the mainstream scene.”


-- B.J. Huchtemann of Omaha

Contact the writer: Kevin Coffey

kevin.coffey@owh.com    |   402-444-1557    |  

Kevin covers music, whether it's pop, indie or punk, through artist interviews, reviews and trend stories. He also occasionally covers other entertainment, including video games and comic books.

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