The Cranberries React to First Grammy Nomination: 'Dolores Would Be Delighted'

The Cranberries
Andy Earl

The Cranberries

The Cranberries' first Grammy nomination in their 30-year career is a bittersweet one. Their final album, 2019's In The End, received a nod for best rock album on Wednesday (Nov. 20), almost two years after the tragic death of singer Dolores O'Riordan.

The album features vocals recorded by O'Riordan before she died, and the surviving members (guitarist Noel Hogan, bassist Mike Hogan and drummer Fergal Lawler) finished the record later that year with the support of the lead singer's family.

The group reacted to their Grammy nom, with Hogan noting in a press statement that, "We wanted to finish this album for our dear friend and band mate Dolores. It's a tribute to her, the band and our fans for the past thirty years. Being honored with this Grammy nomination has made this whole process even more special." 

"We are extremely surprised and honored to receive this Grammy nomination," Lawler mirrored. "We're sure Dolores would be delighted."

The late songstress' mother, Eileen, also released a statement: "Dolores would be so happy with this, she put her heart and soul into her songs and music. For us as her family it's kind of bittersweet, we're immensely proud yet saddened that she isn't here to witness and enjoy this, although I feel that she is in spirit." 

The 62nd Annual Grammy Awards will air on Jan. 26, 2020 with Alicia Keys hosting.

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