MOTÖRHEAD frontman Ian "Lemmy" Kilmister spoke to Jon Bream of the Minneapolis Star Tribune about winning his first Grammy after 30 years in the hard-rock wars.
"It's about bloody time," said Kilmister. "Nobody deserves it more, although I'm too modest to say it."
Of course, the irony is that the trophy for best heavy-metal performance isn't for MOTÖRHEAD's 21st and latest CD, "Inferno", but for a METALLICA song ("Whiplash") that the British trio recorded for a tribute CD. That's OK — Kilmister isn't complaining.
"I don't mind it," said the singer-bassist, "but it would mean more if it was one of our numbers."
For a full-tilt trio that pioneered speed metal and prides itself on sex, drugs and relentlessness, a Grammy isn't going to make MOTÖRHEAD respectable.
"There's not much chance of that; don't worry," said Kilmister, who will turn 60 on Christmas Eve. "It's too late for this band."
Kilmister said he thinks that the Grammy will have no impact on MOTÖRHEAD's career. He has had mainstream recognition before: "We did 'The Tonight Show' many years ago, and our sales went down."
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