*Blues legend Pinetop Perkins, 97, entered the record books on Sunday as the oldest person to ever win a Grammy award.
The musician picked up a best traditional blues album award for “Joined at the Hip: Pinetop Perkins & Willie “Big Eyes” Smith.” With the win, Perkins edged out the late comedian George Burns as the oldest Grammy winner, said Stephanie Schell, a spokeswoman for the Grammy organization.
Schell said Burns was 95 when he won a 1990 Grammy in the spoken category for “Gracie: A Love Story.”
On Monday, Perkins slept in.
“After we won, they took us to the media tent and Pinetop took photos, did television. It was a lot of excitement. He was very excited about winning. I think it all came crashing down. We had to tuck him in last night,” said Patricia Morgan, Perkins’ manager.
Morgan said the award “fulfilled my dream to give that old man one more Grammy.”
Perkins won a 2007 Grammy for best traditional blues album for his collaboration on the “Last of the Great Mississippi Delta Bluesmen: Live in Dallas.” He also received a lifetime achievement Grammy in 2005.
Perkins is preparing for a trip to Jackson, Miss., next week to be honored by Gov. Haley Barbour, and to perform with Smith on Feb. 25, Morgan said.
He’s on a list to receive the 2011 Governor’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts.
Perkins was born in Belzoni, Miss. He now lives in Austin, Texas. He is believed to be the oldest of the old-time Delta blues musicians still performing.