Blues legend Buddy Guy was at the Grammy Awards last Sunday. It’s rare to win a Grammy, and many consider it a great honor to even be nominated. Buddy has six, and this time he was collecting something even more rare: the Lifetime Achievement Award. It’s awarded to individuals and groups that have made “creative contributions of outstanding artistic significance to the field of recording.”
As Jeff Beck wrote on Grammy.com before the event,
Buddy’s impact on the blues and rock and roll cannot be denied. As a musician, his influence has been evident in the careers of not only myself, but Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan, among many, many others.
I remember seeing him play in the early ’60s and saying to myself, “I didn’t know a Strat could sound like that,” until I heard Buddy’s tracks on the Blues From Big Bill’s Copacabana album — it was the total manic abandon in Buddy’s solos. They broke all boundaries.
Check out the video of Buddy receiving the award here.