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Tina Weymouth Of Talking Heads, Tom Tom Club Inducted Into Connecticut Women's Hall Of Fame
The Connecticut Women's Hall Of Fame has inducted new wave pioneer Tina Weymouth along with Broadway's Anika Noni Rose and American Ballet Theatre co-founder Lucia Chase for their accomplishments in the arts.
Having co-founded Talking Heads and Tom Tom Club, Weymouth's personal touches on bass have become iconic, especially for her interesting rhythms. Her musical origin story began when she took to the bass naturally and became an extemely valuable member of all her projects, eventually earning three GRAMMY nominations over the course of her career.
Weymouth's first nomination was for "Burning Down The House" at the 26th GRAMMY Awards for Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal. The most recent of her three nominations was voicing Noodle with Gorillaz on their first nomination at the 44th GRAMMY Awards with "Clint Eastwood" up for Best Rap Performance By A Duo Or Group. From rock to rap sums up a lot of what makes Weymouth's range so special.
What she has resisted in the past is having the focus on her overly emphasize the fact that she is a woman. "Is that all you think about when you see me? As a woman?" Weymouth told Paper was the problem with being singled out for her gender. "You don't see me as an artist? You don't see me as a musician?" In a 1981 interview she said she resisted speaking about her gender in order not to discourage others about what was really an "uphill trek."
Having proved herself as a musician and foundational musical influence, the Connecticut Women's Hall Of Fame's event was unique for providing a suitable occasion where Weymouth could feel comfortable receiving the recognition, although in this case it proudly singles out far more than gender. Past Connecticut inductees include Marian Anderson and Laura Nyro, great women of song to stand beside.