Saturday, April 5, marked the 20th anniversary of Kurt Cobain’s death. Twenty years ago, the world lost a music icon. Cobain was a lot of things: idol, father and a poet. It’s comforting knowing that he won’t be forgotten.
Just a few days after the anniversary of his death, Cobain was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame alongside Nirvana’s Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic.
To honor both Cobain’s as well as Nirvana’s achievements, many artists are stepping up to cover some of Nirvana’s better-known songs.
Muse covered Nirvana’s track “Lithium.” They announced at this year’s Lollapalooza that “Someone great died 20 years ago. This song is for Kurt Cobain.” They then led a crowd-wide sing-along of the famous song. The same exact evening, Annie Clark, better known by her stage name St. Vincent, covered the same song.
When the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducted Nirvana, there was a large amount of controversy over who would sing with the actual band during the ceremony.
Joan Jett, St. Vincent, Kim Gordon and Lorde joined Grohl and Novoselic, as well as Pat Smear, guitarist for the Foo Fighters and live guitarist in some of Nirvana’s shows, to commemorate the band’s achievement.
Jett began with “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” closely followed by Gordon with “Aneurysm” and St. Vincent with “Lithium.” Lorde finished the eventful set with a emotional edition of “All Apologies.”
While Cobain’s death 20 years ago was devastating and unforgettable, I’m sure he’d be happy to know that he continues to inspire and influence people to this day. He will be dearly missed and will continue to be celebrated just as he was in life.