Sheryl Crow reacts to Rock Hall nod: 'Felt like I had been nominated for an Oscar'
Sheryl Crow woke up last Wednesday to non-stop buzzing from her phone.
In New York City for an Americana Heart Association charity gig, Crow learned from a barrage of congratulatory messages that she earned her first-career Rock & Roll Hall of Fame nomination.
"I literally felt like I had been nominated for an Oscar," Crow told The Tennessean last week on the red carpet of MusiCares' Persons of the Year gala, a pre-Grammy Awards event in Los Angeles. She added, "My first call was to my manager [Scooter Weintraub]. He kind-of already knew, but didn't tell me. I [got] texts from my family, so I started talking to them."
She earned the nomination alongside 13 influential artists in rock, country, hip-hop and metal. The 2023 class of potential inductees includes Willie Nelson, the White Stripes, Iron Maiden, A Tribe Called Quest, Rage Against The Machine, Soundgarden, and Missy Elliott, among other.
And while others may scoff at an award nomination, Crow isn't taking her inclusion lightly.
"People poo-poo awards and stuff, but I'm just like, 'no,'" she said. "It's a great honor to be included."
Crow — known for genre-blurring 1990s hits "Every Day Is A Winding Road," "All I Wanna Do" and "If It Makes You Happy" — moved to Nashville roughly two decades ago. She became a sought-after collaborator and familiar face on some of the city's biggest stages. Crow often crisscrosses generations and genres in the studio, working with legends such as Kris Kristofferson and Emmylou Harris, as well as trendsetting modern acts like The Highwomen and Chris Stapleton.
She's a regular on Nashville's biggest stages, often joining all-star tribute concerts and one-off benefits for local causes. Last year, Crow headlined Live on the Green, a free festival hosted by radio station Lightning 100; this summer, she returns to Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival for the first time since 2018.
On Wednesday, February 15, Crow will play a benefit concert in Nashville at Vanderbilt University's Langford Auditorium. Ticket sales benefit the student-run Shade Tree Clinic, which provides care to underserved and uninsured patients in Nashville. Tickets for the "Concert For A Cause" are on sale now.
Roughly 1,000 historians, musicians and music industry veterans cast ballots each year for the Rock Hall, according to a news release. Officials plan to unveil 2023 inductees in May; an induction ceremony takes place later this year.
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