Iggy Pop's Surprising Admission on Lifetime Achievement Grammy
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American musician and rock icon Iggy Pop has recently come forward with a surprising admission: despite being honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Recording Academy, he initially had reservations about accepting the award.
In an interview with Classic Rock, Iggy Pop revealed that he had a difficult time deciding whether to accept the award, and even had a strong dislike for the people behind the Grammys. "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," Iggy Pop said in the interview. Despite these initial feelings, the organizers of the Grammys were persistent in their efforts to convince Iggy Pop to accept the award.
After several months of back and forth, the organizers finally had a conversation with the musician that ultimately led to his acceptance of the award. During this conversation, the organizers emphasized the importance of Iggy Pop's contributions to the music industry, and how he had paved the way for many of today's most popular artists, including Lil Nas X and Billie Eilish.
"You’re a direct link to the artists that are at the top of our awards list this year," the organizers told him, and these words were crucial in convincing Iggy Pop that he was worthy of the award.
Additionally in another recent interview, Pop revealed that he was once approached to join the iconic rock band AC/DC but thought he didn’t “fit the bill”.
“I listened to their record. I thought, I can’t fit that bill,” he told The New York Times. “I wasn’t, like, ‘Ugh, I don’t like them’. It was quite well made. They do careful work, but I’m not what they needed”.
It's interesting to know that the musician, despite his long and successful career, still has some opportunities he missed, which give more depth to his story. At 75 years old, Iggy Pop is showing no signs of slowing down.
The musician recently released his 19th solo album, "Every Loser", on January 6th through Atlantica and Gold Tooth Records, which are owned by producer Andrew Watt. The album has been met with widespread critical acclaim, with singles "Frenzy" and "Strung Out Johnny" receiving particular praise.