Rock outfit Talking Heads are due to receive a 2021 Lifetime Achievement Grammy, along with Selena, Salt-N-Pepa, and others.

Almost a month after rocking the world by snubbing The Weeknd of a very well-deserved Grammy nomination, The Recording Academy announced the recipients of the 2021 Lifetime Achievement Grammy Awards. Surprisingly, it includes rock outfit Talking Heads.

Also on the list of the recipients are Selena, Salt-N-Pepa, Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five, opera singer Marilyn Horne, and late jazz artist Lionel Hampton.

It’s surprising to see the Talking Heads on the Lifetime Achievement Grammy list, particularly because the group only received one Grammy nomination in their career, and never won. Said nomination was thanks to their 1984 track ‘Burning Down The House’, which was nominated for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group.

Despite not getting a Grammy nod in their career, the group remain one of the seminal acts of the latter half of the 20th century. They’re repeatedly described as one of the most critically acclaimed bands of the 80s, who pioneered new wave music. 

In 2002, the band were inducted into the Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame. Later in 2018, band member Tina Weymouth was inducted into the Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame.

Sadly, the band’s last album was in 1988, titled Naked. They officially disbanded in 1991.

Earlier this year, frontman David Bryne said of the end of the Talking Heads: “You’re really tight. You’re friends and making a living together. It’s really high pressure. In certain ways, it’s just never gonna last.”

Check out ‘Psycho Killer’ by Talking Heads:

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