Irish rock stars The Cranberries have received their first ever Grammy nomination – three decades after the band was formed.
The band’s eighth album ‘In the End’ was nominated in the Best Rock Album category.
The nomination comes nearly two years after the death of the Cranberries’ iconic frontwoman Dolores O’Riordan.
In the End was released by the band in tribute to O’Riordan and features her vocals. It is also the last collection of songs she wrote before she passed away.
The other members of the band – Noel Hogan, Mike Hogan and Fergal Lawler worked on recording the album in the months after O’Riordan died.
The first single ‘All Over Now’ was released on the one-year anniversary of her death.
When the album was released a few months later the band posted a heartfelt message to their fans.
They wrote: “We’d like to take this opportunity to thank you, our fans and followers for the support you have given us throughout our career.
“Especially in the past year and throughout the release of our final album, In The End, it has meant the world to us.
“And we would above all ask you to join us in thanking Dolores for leaving the songs and the music that enabled us to make this album, and her family for giving us their blessing to put these recordings out.”
The album was critically acclaimed and has now become the band’s first and only album to be nominated for a prestigious Grammy award.
It will go up against albums from American stars such as Cage The Elephant, I Prevail and Rival Sons, as well as UK rockers Bring Me The Horizon.
Written by Michael Kehoe @michaelcalling