LOS ANGELES (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — Led Zeppelin was awarded their first ever Grammy award despite being one of the biggest bands of the 1970s. The group was awarded a lifetime achievement Grammy to recognition of a 12-year career that changed the face of rock’n’roll with their blues based rock anthems that still resonate today.
The English group was one of 10 performers to receive the award this year, along with rockabilly star Jerry Lee Lewis, blues wailer Janis Joplin, jazz drummer Art Blakey, country-pioneers the Carter Family, composer Morton Gould, jazz pianist Jelly Roll Morton, country crooner Eddy Arnold, gospel group the Staple Singers, and Delta blues pianist Pinetop Perkins. They were celebrated at a luncheon on Saturday, one day before the Grammy Awards.
Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page and keyboardist John Paul Jones showed up with late drummer John Bonham’s two children to receive the crystal trophies. Singer Robert Plant sent in a video message of acceptance, since he is busy rehearsing for a new tour.
Page showed no hard feelings toward the Grammy voters for their lack of past recognition, saying that Zeppelin’s eclectic catalog may have been too difficult to comprehend at the time. Jones commented that the band had been too busy touring at the time to really care about the awards, but now the award was greatly appreciated. –by CelebrityAccess Staff Writers