Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson: My GRAMMY Moment

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Ian Anderson and Martin Barre of Jethro Tull perform on stage circa 1987.

"When we won, people got their knickers in a serious twist," Anderson says of Jethro Tull's GRAMMY win.

Before a new crop of GRAMMYs are handed out, hear from past winners about what it's like to receive the coveted honor.

Jethro Tull a GRAMMY for best hard rock/metal performance vocal or instrumental for 1987's "Crest of a Knave."

JETHRO TULL'S IAN ANDERSON: “Everybody thought Metallica would win. I was recording in the studio at the time -- so we stayed at home. Late at night, the phone rang and it was a breathless Chrysalis Records employee saying, 'You won the GRAMMY!' I said, 'Thanks a lot, but I've got to get back to this mix.' We were thousands of miles away -- nothing we could do about it.
"The following day I became aware it had created something of a fury. Poor Alice Cooper, who collected the GRAMMY on our behalf. He walked onstage to a chorus of boos because Metallica didn't win and a lot of their fans were there. They were upset, as were members of the media. The fact that we weren't really a hard rock band seemed glossed over when we were nominated. But when we won, people got their knickers in a serious twist. I would've been in my element walking onto the stage to boos and catcalls. I'm not sure what I would've said, but it would've been piffy, to say the least.
"My view on peer awards is simple. It's churlish to dismiss them as being unimportant. Any of them -- especially the GRAMMYs -- is a system based on voting by professionals in the music industry -- producers. musicians, record-company people. We got a GRAMMY not for being the best hard rock metal band. We got a GRAMMY for being a nice bunch of guys who had never won a GRAMMY. It was gratefully received and something I feel quite good about."


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