SOURCE: Reprise Records

December 06, 2007 13:51 ET

Green Day Nominated for 2008 Grammy Award

Best-Selling Band's Cover of John Lennon's "Working Class Hero," From "Instant Karma: The Amnesty International Campaign to Save Darfur," Nominated for Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals

BURBANK, CA--(Marketwire - December 6, 2007) - Reprise Records recording artists Green Day received a Grammy Award nomination today for Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals for their cover of John Lennon's "Working Class Hero." The song appears on the album "Instant Karma: The Amnesty International Campaign to Save Darfur," which was released by Warner Bros. Records on June 12th, 2007.

Proceeds from the double CD -- which features more than 20 iconic Lennon songs recorded by such best-selling artists as U2, R.E.M., Avril Lavigne, and Snow Patrol -- go to supporting Amnesty International's efforts to focus attention and mobilize on the urgent catastrophe in Darfur, Sudan, and other human rights crises.

"We wanted to do 'Working Class Hero' because its themes of alienation, class, and social status really resonated with us," Green Day singer-guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong said when the song was released. "It's such a raw, aggressive song -- just that line: 'you're still f**king peasants as far as I can see' -- we felt we could really sink our teeth into it. I hope we've done him justice."

Green Day, which also includes bassist Mike Dirnt and drummer Tré Cool, have won three previous Grammy Awards: "Record of the Year" in 2005 for "Boulevard of Broken Dreams," "Best Rock Album" in 2004 for the multi-platinum album "American Idiot," and "Best Alternative Music Performance" in 1994 for their breakthrough album "Dookie."

The Grammy awards will be handed out at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on February 10th, 2008. Tune in to the 50th Annual Grammy Awards telecast, which airs that night on CBS at 8pm ET/PT.

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    Brian Bumbery