Never in a million years would a young musician named John Cale believe that he would one day be honored with a lifetime achievement award for his work with the seminal 1960s art rock punk band the Velvet Underground.
But he finds himself in just such a position this year. The band is among the artists who were awarded the Recording Academy's Lifetime Achievement Awards in 2017 -- others include Sly Stone and Nina Simone.
Cale, on the red carpet with his former wife and VU fashion designer Betsey Johnson, explained the way the band felt in the 1970s when mainstream success seemed unthinkable, "We just hated everyone until eventually we didn't."
John Cale of Velvet Underground receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award.
Schoolboy Q, who was nominated for best rap performance for "That Part" featuring Kanye West, appeared on the red carpet with his 7-year-old daughter, Joyce.
The pair were dressed in distinctive bright pink, with Q wearing a hoodie emblazoned with the words, "Girl Power," and his daughter wearing a smart pant suit with a blue flower bow tie.
Elaborating on their choice of attire, Q said: "I see a lot of stuff going on with women these days and I'm here to support them. I could go out and protest and all that, but me having a little girl, I think it starts right here -- to let her know what's going on, how she needs to be treated and the respect she needs to be given."
As our own Gerrick D. Kennedy points out, the McDonald's located inside Staples Center — home to this year's Grammys ceremony — is teeming with people who are more concerned with getting some fast-food goodness than filing into their seats. Let's hope attendees grabbed extra napkins to keep the grease stains off their frocks.
Grammy-nominee Chris James arrived to the 59th Grammy Awards wearing a tribute to the late-great rocker Prince in the form of a slender, purple silk armband.
James was nominated for engineered album non-classical for Prince's final album, "HITNRUN: Phase 2." He lost the award, which was announced during the pre-show telecast, to another late-great legend, David Bowie.
With that out of the way, James is just relaxing and feeling good to be at the Grammys, representing an artist he loves and an album he is incredibly proud of.
He premiered the persona late last year along with a new single, the name of which we cannot print here (warning: adult language at link). He's evidently using this opportunity to promote the alter ego's official Twitter account, which is not verified and, as of this writing, has 103 followers.
Given that William Bell's now-standard songs “Born Under a Bad Sign” and “You Don’t Miss Your Water” have been performed by artists including Brian Eno, Jimi Hendrix, Linda Ronstadt, Homer Simpson and Carole King, it's a mystery how he could live 77 years without one. His victory for Americana album Grammy caps an illustrious career that got its start during the heyday of Memphis soul label Stax.
Bell was also nominated for traditional R&B song for his "Three of Me," but Grammy voters awarded Lalah Hathaway's "Angel," instead. Bell spoke to The Times in December after he learned he was nominated.
When I did the project, [producer and arranger] John Leventhal and I wanted to just broaden the genre a little bit and try to reach out with soul music. I think we were able to accomplish that. We didn't know if we could or not. I'm just elated that the Americana genre has embraced it, and also the R&B-soul genre has also embraced it.