Krist Novoselic Discusses Kurt Cobain’s Ongoing Relevance

This past Grammy weekend was a whirlwind filled with exhilarating moments. One of those was Nirvana receiving a Lifetime Achievement Grammy from the Recording Academy during its Special Merit Awards ceremony. Krist Novoselic, who gave a speech, paid homage to their late frontman Kurt Cobain and praised him for his longevity in the industry.

Besides Novoselic, the band’s other surviving members, Dave Grohl and Pat Smear, were also there to accept the award and share this proud moment. Novoselic, who was honored to give the speech, included a quote from the late singer Kurt Cobain.

Novoselic shared comments that have been said about Cobain in the press throughout the years. Then, the bassist referenced Nirvana’s ‘In Utero’ track ‘Serve the Servants’ lyrics to showcase the singer’s outlook on everything that has been ever said or written about him.

Krist Novoselic’s words during his speech read:

“They said that Kurt was witty, that maybe he was a smart-a**, and he said, ‘Teenage angst has paid off well,’ which it has. I do fan mail, old-fashioned fan mail, and I get letters from around the world from Nirvana fans … a lot of young people, there’s a new generation of Nirvana fans, and I’m just very grateful for that.”

The musician touched on Cobain’s relevance among the current generation of rock listeners. He shared his gratitude to fans, especially young fans who jumped on board, gave their music a chance, and allowed Nirvana and Kurt Cobain’s names to have such a long life span in the music industry. This continuous support and attention have also made awards like this one, a Lifetime Achievement Grammy, a possibility.