Nirvana was an American rock band composed of singer/guitarist Kurt Cobain, and bassist Krist Novoselic. They were formed in 1987 in Aberdeen, Washington. These 2 were joined by a large succession of drummers: Dave Grohl, Aaron Burckhard, Chad Channing, Dale Crover, Jason Everman, Dave Foster, and Dan Peters. The longest lasting of these drummers was Dave Grohl who joined the band in 1990. Nirvana was known as part of the grunge movement within music, which is a sub-genre of alternative rock. Nirvana had a relatively short run due to Cobain’s tragic death in 1994. As the front man of the band, they dissolved upon his death. However, the band’s influence and popularity endured well beyond his death. Cobain was referred to in the media as the “spokesman of a generation” with his band considered the “flagship band” of Generation X. Generation X could be defined as the children of baby-boomers, or children born from 1964-1981. Cobain was not comfortable with all the attention he got personally though, and deflected the attention and focus to the band’s music. Cobain believed that his band’s message and artistic vision was misinterpreted by the public. In 2002, a previously unreleased and unfinished demo from Nirvana’s last recording session was released and topped radio charts. This demonstrated their continued popularity and significance beyond Cobain’s death as this happened over 8 years later.

Nivana Live Video Smells Like teen Spirit – Reading Festival 1990′s

Since their debut in 1987, the band has sold over twenty-five million albums in the United States alone and over fifty million worldwide. In 1992, the year they debuted with a major record label, they were nominated for and won several awards: Favorite New Heavy Metal/Hard Rock Artist from the American Music Awards, Best Alternative Music Performance for their album Nevermind from the Grammy Awards, and Video of the Year and Viewers’ Choice Awards for the song called “Smells Like Teen Spirit” (their most popular single to come from that album) from the MTV Video Music Awards. They also won the Best Alternative Video award and best New Artist at the MTV Video Music Awards. The song “Smells Like Teen Spirit” was also nominated for Best Rock Song at the 1993 Grammy Awards, but lost to the now classic Eric Clapton single, Layla. Clapton’s win over Nirvana would later be named one of the “Ten biggest upsets” in the history of the Grammy Awards by Entertainment Weekly. Nirvana is one of the best grunge bands to come out of the nineties and will continue to be remembered through music.