Iggy Pop is one of the most well-known musicians and is widely regarded as the “Godfather of Punk” for his unrivaled contribution and influence on the punk and rock genres.
The rocker, now 76, recently spoke with Classic Rock and was open about his feelings about the Grammy Awards.
He said in a recent statement:
“The Grammys kept wanting to talk to me on the phone and I kept telling my manager: ‘I don’t want to talk to them. I hate those people. They want me to be an exhibit in their museum or something.”
He is apparently informed at the time that he will be receiving a lifetime achievement award. Despite his enormous influence, Iggy Pop was initially adamant about not receiving a Grammy Award.
“Then when I finally spoke to the lady from the Grammys a couple of months later she said: ‘We’re giving you the Lifetime Achievement. Without you, there’s no Lil Nas X and there’s no Billie Eilish.'”
Billie Eilish and Lil Nas X are two huge artists who credit Iggy Pop as a huge influence, blending various genres together in the same way he did in the past.
Iggy Pop furthered:
“According to her, ‘You’re a direct link to the artists that are at the top of our awards list this year.’ So that’s what one person had to say, and I’ll take that for what it’s worth.”
Iggy Pop eventually succumbed after a brief phone conversation, accepting the award that was presented to him.
At the 2020 Grammy Awards, Iggy Pop was honored alongside Chicago, Roberta Flack, Isaac Hayes, John Prine, Public Enemy, and Sister Rosetta Tharpe with the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.
He had previously only been nominated for two Grammys. The first is for his song “Cold Metal (Single),” which won Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance Vocal Or Instrumental at the 31st Annual Grammy Awards. The second is for “Post Pop Depression,” which won Best Alternative Music Album at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards.
Iggy Pop’s 19th solo album, “Every Loser,” was released a few days ago. Red Hot Chili Peppers, Guns N’ Roses, and even late Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins contributed to it.