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Led Zeppelin finally wins a Grammy Award

Among the Grammy Award winners at the 56th Grammy Awards was a rock band that broke up more than 30 years ago.

Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, Jason Bonham and John Paul Jones
Kevin Mazur Getty Images, Oct. 9, 2013

Legendary British rock band Led Zeppelin won the Grammy Award for Best Rock Album for their live album, “Celebration Day”. Recorded in 2007 at a benefit concert at the O2 Arena in London, the album features many of the revered band’s most treasured songs, including “Black Dog”, “Dazed and Confused”, Kashmir, “Whole Lotta Love” and their signature song, “Stairway to Heaven”.

According to a story from Guardian News, some music fans criticized “Celebration Day” because it’s a live album, was recorded in 2007 and didn’t include any new and original material. What may be far more remarkable is that the band widely considered one of the greatest bands in rock music history was only nominated just once for a Grammy Award, for Best New Artist in 1970. Moreover, it took nearly 20 years before the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences finally honored Led Zeppelin in 1999 with a special Grammy Award for inclusion in the Grammy Hall of Fame for the Led Zeppelin IV, arguably its greatest album. In 2003, “Stairway to Heaven” was honored with a Grammy Hall of Fame award, followed by its first album, “Led Zeppelin” and two other songs “Whole Lotta Love” and “Kashmir”.

Other nominees for Best Rock Album were Black Sabbath for “13”, David Bowie’s “The Next Day”, King of Leon for “Mechanical Bull”, Queens of the Stone Age’s “Like Clockwork” and Neil Young with Crazy Horse for “Psychedelic Pill”. While each of the nominated albums had various levels of acclaim, it must have been a memorable moment for Led Zeppelin and their fans, after years of being snubbed by the Academy, whose list of non winners includes The Beach Boys, The Who and Jimi Hendrix.

After the winner was announced, a number of people took to Twitter to voice their opinion on the band’s first ever Grammy Award. While some criticized the win, most Twitter posts were well in favor of Led Zeppelin’s historic win, even though the band officially broke up in 1980. Nevertheless, for most music fans, the consensus was that the award from the year’s most important music awards event was long overdue and so richly deserved.