Local artist gets Grammy nomination
Grateful Dead Box Set | Photo from Roy Henry Vickers website
UPDATE Feb 11, 10 a.m.
Artist Roy Henry Vickers did not win the Grammy for Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package.
The Grammy went to Squeeze Box: The Complete Works Of “Weird Al” Yankovic, Weird Al Yankovic.
Original Story below.
Local Gitxsan Artist Roy Henry Vickers is one of the nominees for tonight’s 61st annual Grammy Awards.
He is nominated for Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package category for his artwork on The Grateful Dead presentation box.
In an interview with My Bulkley Lakes Vickers said his connection with his ancestors is what inspired him.
“When you’re standing in the strength, beauty, and truth of who you are as an ancestor of those who have come before the ancestors are excited that you will be the one that carries on the lineage and they are the grateful dead,” said Vickers.
Artists who did art for Weird Al” Yankovic and Guns N’ Roses are among those Vickers is up against.
Vickers is an artist originally from Hazelton in his 70s who said he got where is now by working hard.
“When you are working hard lots of things come along, and you just have to keep your heart and your mind open and do whatever comes next that you think you should be doing,” said Vickers.
The Grammys start tonight at 5 p.m. in LA.