Brittany Howard: “Sister Rosetta Tharpe created rock and roll as we know it”

Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes performs on stage during Day 2 of Cruilla Festival at Parc del Forum on July 9, 2016 in Barcelona, Spain.
(Image credit: Jordi Vidal/Redferns)

Singer-songwriter and electric guitar player Brittany Howard is nominated in the Best Rock Performance category at the 2021 Grammy Awards, and she recently appeared on Spotify’s Rock This with Allison Hagendorf to discuss the nod, as well as the fact that this year’s category features a full lineup of female nominees.

Regarding her thoughts on the female-heavy nominee list, Howard said, “Honestly, I just felt, well, it’s about time. As far as I'm concerned, you know, there's a whole lot of women missing from rock and roll history. I'll put it that way.

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Richard Bienstock

Rich is the co-author of the best-selling Nöthin' But a Good Time: The Uncensored History of the '80s Hard Rock Explosion. He is also a recording and performing musician, and a former editor of Guitar World magazine and executive editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine. He has authored several additional books, among them Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, the companion to the documentary of the same name.