The best cover songs are arguably the ones in which the artist makes the song their own.
Classically trained violinist Lindsey Stirling has attempted to do just that with her reinterpretation of Green Day's GRAMMY-winning "Boulevard Of Broken Dreams" for the latest installment of The Recording Academy's ReImagined series. Stirling, who is joined by Kit Nolan (keyboards) and Drew Steen (cajon), performs a stripped-down rendition of the song, allowing Billie Joe Armstrong's somber lyrics to shine through the lens of her violin.
Featured on 2004's American Idiot, "Boulevard Of Broken Dreams" earned Green Day a GRAMMY for Record Of The Year for 2005. The prior year, at the 47th GRAMMY Awards, the chart-topping American Idiot won a GRAMMY for Best Rock Album.
Watch: Green Day wins Record Of The Year for "Boulevard Of Broken Dreams"
Since 2007, Stirling has amassed more than 9 million subscribers on her YouTube channel. She released her third studio album, Brave Enough, in 2016. The album peaked at No. 5 on the Billboard 200, and features collaborations with GRAMMY winner Lecrae, Christina Perri and ZZ Ward. Also in 2016, Stirling published her autobiography, The Only Pirate At The Party, which became a New York Times best-seller.
By pairing YouTube creators with a GRAMMY-winning song catalog, the ReImagined series celebrates the talent and contributions of today's YouTube influencers, highlights the creative spirit of musical collaboration, and pays tribute to the artists and songs recognized by The Recording Academy.