Eddie Vedder Shares the Hilarious Rock-Star Advice He Gave to Bradley Cooper Ahead of ‘A Star Is Born’

While preparing for his lead role as rockstar Jackson Maine in 2018’s A Star Is Born, Bradley Cooper spent some time with Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder to learn the ropes of the rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle.

In a new interview with Howard Stern on Monday (Nov. 2), the rocker revealed the main piece of advice he gave to Cooper, and it wasn’t what one might expect. “We just hung out for a couple of days, and he just asked me a few questions and I told him things like, you know, ‘Make sure your guitar covers your balls at all times,'” he shared.

“Is that important?” Stern asked, taken aback by Vedder seemingly simple answer.

“Well, I think sometimes the guitar gets a little high. It looks more like a bib,” the rock star elaborated.

As for the end result, Vedder wasn’t expecting much. “If you really thought this through, because you have to have the talk and say, ‘Look, there’s a few movies out there on surfing, a few movies out there on rock ’n roll. None of them get it right. You’re putting yourself on the line here. I don’t think anyone can pull it off.’

“I will admit the first time he asked if we would come down to see it, on the way over, I’m thinking of all the ways I could let him down nicely, you know?” he continued. “I want to be honest, but how do I…? So, I was a little nervous. And I tell you, when I saw it, I just was—I was just f—ing blown away. It just took me there, and what he can do with his eyes and what [Cooper and Lady Gaga] did together and then Sam Elliott. It really took me there. I’m getting chills right now.”

During the interview, Vedder also remembered his friend Chris Cornell, who died by suicide in 2017. “I’ve had to be somewhat in denial,” he shared after taking an emotional pause. “One way I was even able to do it, and I don’t think I had a choice. It’s just like, I was terrified of where I would go if I allowed myself to feel what I needed to feel or what I instinctively wanted to feel or how dark I felt. Because I didn’t see him that often in the last 10 years, probably only like four, five times and usually at a gig or something, I just kind of–I still haven’t quite dealt with it.”

“I’ll get stronger as time goes,” he continued after another pause, “but we were close, and it wasn’t just because we were playing music. We were neighbors, we would do–I would hang out with him outside of the band even more than the band guys, and I didn’t know that many people in Seattle. So, we would go on crazy hiking adventures or we would go mountain biking or we would chase the dog in the rain drinking s—ty beer. It was cool, because it had nothing to do with anything like being around other music people or some kind of LA life.”

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Grammys Change Name of World Music Album Category Due to Connotations of ‘Colonialism’

The Grammys are following the Oscars’ lead and showing more cultural sensitivity, changing the name of its best world music album category to best global music album.

The move echoes a change made this past year by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. They changed the name of best foreign language film to best international feature film. The first winner of the renamed award was Parasite, which also went on to win best picture.

The Recording Academy announced the name change on Monday (Nov. 2), nearly five months after they announced the bulk of their category tweaks for this year and just 22 days before the announcement of the 63rd annual Grammy nominations.

In a statement, the Recording Academy said: “As we continue to embrace a truly global mindset, we update our language to reflect a more appropriate categorization that seeks to engage and celebrate the current scope of music from around the world.

“Over the summer we held discussions with artists, ethnomusicologists, and linguists from around the world who determined that there was an opportunity to update the best world music album category toward a more relevant, modern, and inclusive term…The change symbolizes a departure from the connotations of colonialism, folk, and ‘non-American’ that the former term embodied while adapting to current listening trends and cultural evolution among the diverse communities it may represent.”

The Academy introduced the category in 1991. The first winner, in February 1992, was Mickey Hart’s Planet Drum. Ry Cooder was the first two-time winner in the category. Ravi Shankar and Ladysmith Black Mambazo have also won twice in the category. Angélique Kidjo is the only three-time winner in the category to date.

Here is how the Recording Academy defines the category in its current online guidebook, which has category rules for all 84 categories: “This category recognizes excellence in albums of world music, including recordings of international non-Western classical music, international non-American and non-British traditional folk music, international cross-cultural music based on the previously mentioned genres as well as international recordings of world beat, world jazz (with a higher percentage of world than jazz music), world pop and cross-cultural music. Albums of reggae, Latin or European pop music aren’t eligible in this category and should be entered in other categories as appropriate.”

The award has been presented to Brazilian artists five times–more than any other nationality. It has been presented to artists from the U.S. four times; from India, South Africa and Benin three times; from Mali and France twice; and from Ireland and Panama once.

Following the 45th Grammy Awards (presented in February 2003), the award was split into two separate categories for best traditional world music album and best contemporary world music album. For the awards presented in February 2012, the two categories were merged back to best world music album.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences came to a similar understanding 18 months ago. During the Academy’s board of governors meeting on April 23, 2019, it was decided that best foreign language film (which had been awarded since 1956) would be renamed best international feature film beginning at the 92nd Academy Awards in 2020.

It was argued that use of the term “foreign” was “outdated within the global filmmaking community,” and that the new name “better represents this category, and promotes a positive and inclusive view of filmmaking, and the art of film as a universal experience.”