15 Quotes From History’s Most Memorable Grammy Speeches

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15 Quotes From History’s Most Memorable Grammy Speeches

15 Quotes From History’s Most Memorable Grammy Speeches


This year’s Grammy nominees have quite a legacy to follow when penning their prospective speeches. Many nominees go for a humorous touch while others aim for a sentimental edge. Still others pretend like they just don’t care. Here are 15 of the most memorable Grammy speeches in history:

1. Michael Jackson, 1993: “I hope this finally puts to rest another rumor that’s been in the press for too many years. Me and Janet really are two different people.” (Accepting award from sister Janet Jackson.)

2. Bono, 2001: “It’s a very unusual emotion I’m feeling right now. I think it’s called humility. The whole year’s been humbling — going back to scratch, reapplying for the job. What job? The best band in the world job.”

3. Helen Reddy, 1973: “And I would like to thank God because she makes everything possible.”

4. Robert Plant, 2009: “In the old days we would have called this selling out, but I think it’s a good way to spend a Sunday.”

5. Eddie Vedder, 1996: “I don’t know what this means. I don’t think it means anything. That’s just the way I feel. There’s too many bands and you’ve heard it all before.”


6. Bon Iver, 2012: “I’m a little bit uncomfortable up here … I want to say thank you to all the nominees, and all the non-nominees that have never been here and never will be here.”

7. Paul Simon, 1975: “I thought I told you to wait in the car.” (Speaking to Art Garfunkel.)

8. Paul Williams, 1978: “I’d like to thank my doctor for some incredible valium get me through the entire experience.”

9. Dave Grohl, 2012: “This award means a lot because it shows that the human element of making music is what’s most important. Singing into a microphone and learning to play an instrument and learning to do your craft, that’s the most important thing for people to do.” (Commonly regarded as a dis against electronic music.)

10. Yoko Ono, 1982: “I think John is with us here today. Both John and I were always very proud and happy that we were part of the human race. He made good music for the Earth and for the universe.”

11. Fun, 2013: “I don’t know what we were thinking, writing the chorus for this song. If this is HD everybody can see our faces and we are not very young. We’ve been doing this for 12 years.” (Accepting award for “We Are Young.”)

12. Hillary Rodham Clinton, 1997: “I’m amazed. I didn’t even know that Grammys were given to tone-deaf singers like me.”

13. Taylor Swift, 2010: “When we are 80 years old, and we are telling the same stories over and over again to our grandkids, and they are so annoyed with us, this is the story we are going to be telling … in 2010 we got to win Album Of The Year at the Grammys.”

14. Vince Gill, 2008: “I just got an award given to me by a Beatle. Have you had that happen yet, Kanye?”

15. Kanye West, 2005: “Ya’ll might as well get the music ready ’cause this is gonna take a while. When I had my accident, I found out at that moment, nothing in life is promised except death. If you have the opportunity to play this game called life, you have to appreciate every moment. A lot of people don’t appreciate their moment until it’s passed. And then you got to tell those Al Bundy stories: ‘You remember when I …’ Right now, it’s my time and my moment, thanks to the fans, thanks to the accident, thanks to God, thanks to Roc-A-Fella, Jay Z, Dame Dash, G, my mother, Rhymefest, everyone that’s helped me. And I plan to celebrate and scream and pop champagne every chance I get, ’cause I’m at the Grammys baby! I know everybody asked me the question, they wanted to know, ‘What, Kan, I know he’s gonna wile out, I know he’s gonna do something crazy.’ Everybody wanted to know what I would do, if I didn’t win … I guess we’ll never know!”


Related topics bono, Dave Grohl, Kanye West, Michael Jackson, Pearl Jam, speeches, Taylor Swift, yoko ono
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