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GRAMMY Rewind: Watch "Weird Al" Yankovic Win Best Comedy Album At The 46th GRAMMY Awards
The one-and-only "Weird Al" accepts the GRAMMY from producer David Foster and delivers a hilarious speech in this blast from the past
"Weird Al" Yankovich's 2003 album Poodle Hat gave us parody of hit songs by Eminem, Nelly, Billy Joel and more, plus plenty of the singer/songwriter's signature comedic stylings. It also earned Yankovich the GRAMMY Award for Best Comedy Album at the 46th GRAMMY Awards.
In the latest edition of GRAMMY Rewind, we look back at the moment GRAMMY-winning producer David Foster presented "Weird Al" with the third of his five total career GRAMMY Awards, complete with a predictably unpredictable and hilarious acceptance speech.
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GRAMMY Rewind: K.D. Lang Honors Her First GRAMMY Win With A Celebratory "Yeehaw" In 1990
Country music disruptor k.d. lang took home her first GRAMMY thanks to her acclaimed album 'Absolute Torch And Twang' — a feat she compared to being given a fruitful piece of land.
K.d. lang is a trailblazer — not only because of her award-winning records, but also for her strides to make country music more inclusive as one of the few lesbian artists in the genre.
Even in the height of backlash, lang held onto the identity that felt true to her, refusing to alter her artistry in a way that was consumable for the heterosexual male bigwigs in the music industry. As Vanity Fair offered in lang's 1993 cover story, her presence "signal[ed] a whole new era of possibility for celebrities" — one that didn't force women to become the hyper-feminine country diva.
In this episode of GRAMMY Rewind, revisit the night that lang won her first golden gramophone for Best Female Country Vocal Performance for Absolute Torch and Twang at the 1990 GRAMMYs. The singer was enthusiastic as she made her way to the podium, bellowing a triumphant "Yeehaw!"
"I would like to thank my friends, family, band, and crew," lang praised before acknowledging Warner Bros. Records, her recording studio team, and her supporters.
"It's like I've just been given this chunk of land," she explained. "K.d., plant yourself here and sow your seeds of hybrid country. The best thing about this is, this soil is very fertile."
Press play on this episode of GRAMMY Rewind to watch k.d. lang's full acceptance speech for Best Female Country Vocal Performance at the 32nd GRAMMY Awards, and keep checking back to GRAMMY.com for more new episodes of GRAMMY Rewind.
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GRAMMY Rewind: Beyoncé Strives For Accountability And Change After Winning A GRAMMY For 'Lemonade' In 2017
As Beyoncé accepted the GRAMMY for Best Urban Contemporary Album in 2017, she stressed that it's vital to "learn from the past and recognize our tendencies to repeat our mistakes."
At the height of America's tense political climate, Beyoncé's Lemonade brought confidence to Black women nationwide silenced by misogynoir. It was a celebration of unapologetic femininity and southern culture while also taking back the power in relationships stained by infidelity and generational trauma. As Beyoncé explained in her 2017 GRAMMY acceptance speech, the intention of Lemonade was "to give a voice to our pain, our struggles, our darkness, and our history."
In this episode of GRAMMY Rewind, we turn back the clock to the evening Beyoncé made her empowering speech after winning Best Urban Contemporary Album at the 59th GRAMMY Awards. Fresh off of her iconic, nine-minute performance of Lemonade's vulnerable deep cuts, "Love Drought" and "Sandcastles," Beyoncé was glowing as she took the stage to accept her golden gramophone.
"Thank you to everyone who worked so hard to beautifully capture the profundity of deep southern culture," Beyoncé proudly praised before acknowledging her husband, kids, and fans.
"It's important to me to show images to my children that reflect their beauty, so they can grow up in a world where they look in the mirror... and have no doubt that they're beautiful, intelligent and capable," Beyoncé said. "This is something that I want for every child of every race. And I feel it's vital that we learn from the past and recognize our tendencies to repeat our mistakes."
Press play on the video above to watch the entirety of Beyoncé's thoughtful acceptance speech for Best Urban Contemporary Album at the 2017 GRAMMY Awards, and keep checking back to GRAMMY.com for more new episodes of GRAMMY Rewind.
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GRAMMY Rewind: The Chicks Give A Tear-Filled Speech For Their Industry-Altering Song Of The Year Win In 2007
The Chicks were full of emotions after winning a golden gramophone for "Not Ready to Make Nice," the song made in response to the criticism they faced in 2003.
Flashback to 2003, the Chicks frontwoman Natalie Maines made her infamous statement advocating for peace against the invasion in Iraq. The seemingly unthreatening comment quickly led to nationwide backlash, including a boycott of the Chicks by country music's fans, radio stations and musicians.
But more importantly, Maines' progressive endorsement prompted a conversation surrounding America's conservative expectations for country artists. Maines' courage to speak out was an inspiration to the next generation of women in country, including Taylor Swift and Kacey Musgraves, who credit the Chicks for empowering them to publicly claim their liberal beliefs.
In this episode of GRAMMY Rewind, we fast forward four years after the career-changing controversy to the 2007 GRAMMYs, when the trio won Song of the Year alongside folk singer/songwriter Dan Wilson for "Not Ready to Make Nice," the track made in response to the massive criticism they faced.
"This is overwhelming," said Emily Strayer, holding back tears. "Thank you, Dan, for writing with us … It was very important that you [understood] what we were trying to get across. Thank you for helping us to get all of this out and into a song."
Before heading off the stage, Maines took the time to express appreciation for her bandmates: "For the first time in my life, I'm speechless. Thank you, Martie and Emily, for sticking by me. I told you I'd take it to the GRAMMYs!" Maines joked. (The trio were the big winners that night, also taking home the GRAMMYs for Record Of The Year, Album Of The Year, Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal and Best Country Album.)
Press play on the video above to watch The Chicks' complete acceptance speech for Song of the Year at the 2007 GRAMMY Awards, and keep checking back to GRAMMY.com for more new episodes of GRAMMY Rewind.
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GRAMMY Rewind: Whoopi Goldberg Delivers A Fittingly Joke-Filled Speech At The 1986 GRAMMYs
Whoopi Goldberg brought her comedy skills to the GRAMMY stage when she won Best Comedy Recording, which marked a historic GRAMMY moment.
Almost 40 years ago, Whoopi Goldberg made history as the first Black woman to win Best Comedy Recording at the 1986 GRAMMYs — and marked her first step into achieving EGOT status, which she later accomplished in 2002.
In this episode of GRAMMY Rewind, we travel back to the night Goldberg received this trailblazing award for her one-woman Broadway show. The stand-up comedian fittingly warmed up her acceptance speech with a few jokes: "I'm going to have to get a job after this," she laughed before taking a quick-witted stab at the orchestra's untimely playing. "Make me move!"
She went on to thank Geffen Records, her colleagues, her longtime supporter Mike Nichols, and her family for inspiring and assisting her throughout the production of the record. Goldberg also took a moment to acknowledge her "date," 12-time GRAMMY Award winner Paul Simon, who wasn't able to escort her to the ceremony after falling ill.
"I want to say it's a very nice, wonderful honor to get something as nice as this," Goldberg concluded. "Thank you all, and good night!"
Press play on the video above to watch Whoopi Goldberg's full acceptance speech for Best Comedy Recording at the 28th GRAMMY Awards, and keep checking back to GRAMMY.com for more episodes of GRAMMY Rewind.
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