Dave Grohl's Grammys speech tells industry to learn an instrument

Foo Fighters scooped no less than five awards at last night's 54th Grammys. However, it was Dave Grohl's acceptance speech for Best Rock Album, reminding the crowd of the importance of music's "human element", that brought about a standing ovation.

Check out an abridged version (we took out some of the record company back-slapping) of Grohl's Best Rock Album rallying call below.

Dave Grohl's Grammys acceptance speech:

"This is a great honour, because this record was a special record for our band. Rather than go to the best studio in the world down the street in Hollywood and rather than use all of the fanciest computers that money can buy, we made this one in my garage with some microphones and a tape machine...

"To me this award means a lot because it shows that the human element of music is what's important. Singing into a microphone and learning to play an instrument and learning to do your craft, that's the most important thing for people to do.

"It's not about being perfect, it's not about sounding absolutely correct, it's not about what goes on in a computer. It's about what goes on in here [your heart] and what goes on in here [your head]."

Among the Foo Fighters' sizeable haul from the night were Grammys for Best Rock Album 'Wasting Light', Best Rock Performance 'Walk', Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance 'White Limo' and Best Rock Song 'Walk'. Check out the full 54th Grammy Awards results report here.

If Dave's got you inspired, you can learn one of the best riffs from 'Wasting Light' in our 'Rope' video lesson.

Matthew Parker

Matt is a freelance journalist who has spent the last decade interviewing musicians for the likes of Total Guitar, Guitarist, Guitar World, MusicRadar, NME.com, DJ Mag and Electronic Sound. In 2020, he launched CreativeMoney.co.uk, which aims to share the ideas that make creative lifestyles more sustainable. He plays guitar, but should not be allowed near your delay pedals.