Glen Campbell will perform on the 54th annual Grammy Awards in a segment with nominees Blake Shelton and The Band Perry. This will allow the Grammys to make up for an unfortunate moment at the end of an otherwise first-rate tribute to Campbell on the Country Music Assn. Awards in November.
When Vince Gill, Keith Urban and Brad Paisley finished a warm tribute to the great country star, Campbell walked up to the stage and strapped on a guitar. As he pulled a guitar pick from his pants pocket and started strumming, to loud cheers from the audience, the producers abruptly cut to a commercial. They had evidently not budgeted time for a Campbell performance.
Campbell revealed last year that he has Alzheimer's. The announcement has spurred these tributes from the CMAs and the Grammys, simply by reminding people of Campbell's vast (and previously under-appreciated) legacy. Campbell was a top session guitarist in the 1960s who became a top country star with the release of "Gentle On My Mind" in 1967. Starting in January 1969, he starred in a TV variety show, The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour
, which ran for four seasons. In March 1969, he became the first country artist to win a Grammy for Album of the Year, for By The Time I Get To Phoenix.
Campbell has received three Grammy nominations for Record of the Year: for "By The Time I Get To Phoenix," "Wichita Lineman" and "Rhinestone Cowboy."
Campbell's acclaimed 2011 album Ghost On The Canvas
was passed over in the Grammy voting. It was thought to have a good shot at a nomination for Best Country Album, but was edged out by, among other albums, Shelton's Red River Blue
. It was also thought to have an outside chance of landing a nomination for Album of the Year, but no country albums made the finals this year.
Campbell will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Grammys on Feb. 12. The other Lifetime Achievement Award recipients are Diana Ross, George Jones, the Allman Brothers Band and the Memphis Horns and two artists who are deceased: Antonio Carlos Jobim and Gil-Scott Heron.
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