The Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP) last night presented Seattle rock icons ALICE IN CHAINS with its 14th Annual Founders Award, an honor given to artists who have made outstanding contributions to popular music.
Today the museum, along with Amazon Music, announced the release of MoPOP Founders Award Honoring Alice In Chains: A Benefit for the Museum of Pop Culture, a brand-new Amazon Originals compilation. Available for streaming only on Amazon Music, the compilation features highlights from last night’s performances, including Mastodon’s cover of “Again;” City and Colour’s take on “Rain When I Die;” two covers of “Would?” by KORN and Metallica; a rendition of “Man In the Box” by Dave Navarro, Taylor Hawkins, Corey Taylor, and Chris Chaney; and more. The compilation also features performances of “Your Decision” and “No Excuses” by Alice In Chains.
The Founders Award event serves as the nonprofit museum’s principal annual fundraiser for youth development programs, access initiatives, community engagement, and world-class exhibitions. So far the celebration has raised more than $600,000 and counting, attracting more than 275,000 views online throughout the evening.
“It was an amazing evening honoring Alice In Chains and raising a tremendous amount to support our nonprofit institution.” said MoPOP Executive Director Alexis Lee. “We extend our heartfelt gratitude to all of the artists who participated as well as our generous supporters who are funding our efforts to serve our community, reach young people, and preserve our shared pop culture history during this difficult time.”
Alice In Chains was thrilled to be honored and, upon receiving the award, Jerry Cantrell said, “This band started 33 years ago, three and a half miles down the road in Ballard… it’s a pretty amazing journey that we’re still on. There are so many great artists and friends who have contributed shout-outs and performances — it’s been a really cool experience and William, Sean, Mike, and I would like to thank everybody. And, as we accept these awards, we want to remember our bandmates as well, Layne Staley and Mike Starr. Wow, what a night!””
Listeners can access the compilation album simply by asking, “Alexa, play the MoPOP Founders Award album” in the Amazon app for iOS and Android and on Alexa-enabled devices. Amazon Music listeners are always able to access hundreds of Amazon Originals featuring both emerging and established artists across numerous genres, available to stream only on the service.
This year’s celebration was broadcast virtually on Amazon Music’s Twitch Channel and featured performances by award recipients Alice In Chains, as well as tribute performances from Chris Chaney (Jane’s Addiction), Billy Corgan (The Smashing Pumpkins), Dallas Green (City and Colour), Fishbone, Taylor Hawkins (Foo Fighters), KORN, Mark Lanegan (Screaming Trees, Mad Season), Ann Wilson, Duff McKagan (Guns n’ Roses), Mastodon, Metallica, Dave Navarro, Krist Novoselic (Nirvana, Giants in the Trees), Corey Taylor (Slipknot), Kim Thayil (Soundgarden), Matt Cameron (Soundgarden/Pearl Jam), Nancy Wilson, and the debut musical performance of Lily Cornell Silver (daughter of Chris Cornell and Susan Silver), among many others. The event also featured appearances from members of Pearl Jam, Sammy Hagar, Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine, Audioslave), Les Claypool, Robert Downey Jr., and many more.
The event also featured performances by artists from MoPOP’s 21-and-under music showcase and competition Sound Off!, including Katyrose Jordan, The Human Missile Crisis, David’s Van, and Talaya.
The full show is available to view on MoPOP’s YouTube channel and contributions to support the museum’s exhibitions, programs, and educational work can still be made at www.MoPOP.org/FoundersDonation.
- “Your Decision” – Alice In Chains
- “Rooster” – Ann Wilson
- “Down In A Hole” – Duff McKagan, Shooter Jennings, Ayron Jones, Martin Feveyear
- “Would?” – Korn
- “Rain When I Die” – City and Colour
- “Put You Down” – Liv Warfield
- “Again” – Mastodon
- “Would? (Acoustic)” – Metallica
- “Black Gives Way To Blue” – Lily Cornell Silver with Chris Degarmo
- “Nutshell” – Mark Lanegan, Maggie Bjorklund
- “Man In the Box” – Dave Navarro, Taylor Hawkins, Corey Taylor, Chris Chaney
- “No Excuses” – Alice In Chains
- “Heaven Beside You” – Aryon Jones
- “Check My Brain” – Billy Corgan
- “Them Bones” – Fishbone
- “Drone” – Kim Thayil with Krist Novoselic, Giants in the Trees
- “Brother” – Nancy Wilson, Mark Lanegan and Liv Warfield
- “Angry Chair” – Members of Soundgarden with Tad Doyle, Mike McCready and Meagan Grandall
- “Black Gives Way to Blue” – Eric & Encarnación
- “It Ain’t Like That” – Kim Thayil with Shaina Shepherd, Bubba Dupree, Bill Herzog, Nathan Yaccino