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Greta Van Fleet, Chris Cornell lead rock Grammy winners

Christopher Nicholas Cornell and Toni Cornell  pose with their award at the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards Premiere Ceremony at Microsoft Theater on February 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for The Recording Academy)
Christopher Nicholas Cornell and Toni Cornell pose with their award at the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards Premiere Ceremony at Microsoft Theater on February 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for The Recording Academy)

Greta Van Fleet and the late Chris Cornell were among the winners in the rock categories at the 61st annual Grammy Awards, held Sunday night (February 10th) at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles and telecast live on CBS. Once again, the rock awards were handed out during a pre-telecast ceremony, indicating the Recording Academy’s lack of interest in promoting rock music.

Greta Van Fleet was up for four prizes and won just one, Best Rock Album for its From The Fires EP. The Michigan band was also nominated for Best Rock song, Best Rock Performance and Best New Artist.

Singer Josh Kiszka told us before the show that being nominated itself was a trip for the band: “I honestly did not expect that we were gonna get any nominations, so I wasn’t waking up early to see the nominations and everything. And so I slept in that day, and when I got up, my phone had been, like, exploding. So that alone was really, really cool, to have that happen.”

Late Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell won in the Best Rock Performance category in the pre-telecast ceremony. Cornell was honored for the song “When Bad Does Good,” from the career-spanning box set released last year. It marked his third Grammy win.

His children Toni and Christopher accepted the award with an emotional speech. Christopher called his father “one of the greatest poets of his time,” adding, “I never thought we’d be standing here without my dad. I’m sure he’d be proud and honored,” while Toni remarked, “His voice was his vision and his music was his peace.”

CHECK IT OUT: Watch Chris Cornell’s children accept his Grammy:

Cornell beat out fellow nominees Arctic MonkeysThe Fever 333, Greta Van Fleet and Halestorm, whose singer Lzzy Hale was a presenter at the ceremony.

Other rock winners included St. Vincent for Best Rock Song, High On Fire for Best Metal Performance and Beck for Best Alternative Album. The majority of the awards in the 84 Grammy categories spread across 30 fields were handed out in the pre-telecast event. Red Hot Chili Peppers were the sole rock act to perform during the broadcast, in collaboration with Post Malone.

Watch a clip of the Chili Peppers performing with Post Malone:

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