The Cranberries stopped to speak with Billboard on the red carpet at the 2020 Grammy Awards, discussing how it feels to have their first Grammy nomination, what the future of the band looks like without Dolores O’Riordan, and what the late singer would have said if she were with them at the awards.
The band earned their first Grammy nomination for best rock album for In the End, which was their last album to include O’Riordan, who passed away two years ago.
Speaking of the album, Fergal Lawler tells Billboard that it was a very emotional record to make and that it has been an very difficult two years for the group. “But to have this nomination is really just a nod, I think, to the fact that we’ve kind of meant so much to people over the years,” he notes. “We’ve been together almost 30 years and to finally get a nomination…we were very honored.”
Asked if they ever thought that this record would get nominated while they were creating it, Noel Hogan replies that they did not, and that they were in a “different headspace at that time.”
“It was only a couple of months after Dolores passed away,” he explains, adding that they made the album both for themselves and as a way to remember O’Riordan, and that a nomination was the last thing on their minds.
“But it is a really, really nice thing to get kind of two years later when you don’t expect it,” he notes. “I think we probably thought the Grammys for us were never gonna be a thing, so to be here today, it’s a very special thing for us.”
When asked what the future of the band looks like without O’Riordan, Mike Hogan responds that they haven’t really thought about it because they’ve been busy with the album, but that following the Grammys, they will sit down and then see what happens.
Posed with the question of what O’Riordan would have said if she had been at the Grammys with them, Noel Hogan says, “She’d love this, I think. Getting dressed up and coming to something like this would be right up her lane. And look hopefully she is looking down on us and we do her proud hopefully.”
You can watch the full video interview above.