Folk singing icon Pete Seeger has won the Grammy for Best Traditional Folk Album, for “At 89.”
Seeger did not accept his award in person, though Jim Musselman, founder of Appleseed Records, read a statement from the famous Hudson Valley performer. In that statement, Seeger thanked David Bernz, who co-produced “At 89” with Seeger. The statement from Seeger also said, “Keep singing songs of hope and social justice. Music can change the world and non-violence can change the world.”
“I suspect,” Seeger said after being contacted at home by phone, moments after winning, “the reward for longevity.”
Asked further about winning, Seeger said, “I feel like apologizing to three very good friends — my younger sister Peggy; Tom Paxton, I knew him as a college student when he first started making up songs, and Rosalie Sorrels.” Pete Seeger beat out Peggy Seeger, Paxton, Sorrels and Kathy Mattea for the Grammy.
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