Hoquiam, Washington, a town four miles from Cobain’s home declares April 10, 2014, “Nirvana Day”. Cobain, was born and raised in the nearby city of Aberdeen, and lived in Hoquiam for a brief period of time. Hoquiam Mayor Jack Durney said:
They bring great honor…to our entire community. And I think that it’s good Kurt Cobain lived in Hoquiam for a little while, but he and Krist Novoselic are part of our community, and I think it’s good to honor our sons and their great accomplishments.
On the night of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, Love publicly embraces Grohl in a hug. In a later interview with Pitchfork, Love says:
On my way to the bathroom, I saw Grohl, and Grohl saw me, and he came up to me first – which really pissed me off because I was going to go up to him first. I wanted to beat him to the punch. I was like, ‘All right, no matter what happens, we’re not going to be b**ches.’ That was my attitude going in, and obviously his. Not much else needs to be said. We just both knew it was time to let it go and we were ready to do it.
Grohl, McCartney, Novoselic, and Smear wins Grammy for Best Rock Song for Cut Me Some Slack.
This song was two hours in my studio…we knocked this out in a couple of hours and to me that’s what rock and roll is all about.
Courtney Love and surviving members of Nirvana battle for the rights to the Nirvana legacy. The complaint by Love and Frances Cobain depicts Nirvana as a one-man show, reducing Novoselic and Grohl to little more than sidemen. Love also insists that Cobain decided to break up Nirvana several months before his death. Grohl and Novoselic’s legal papers refer to Love as:
a complete alien to Nirvana’s music and success [who is trying to] prohibit the remaining members of Nirvana from any commercial exploitation of the music they created.
Both Novoselic and Grohl have refrained from granting interviews on the subject of Kurt’s life out of respect for Cobain and his family, whereas Love
offered up many interviews on the subject of Kurt’s life and death which contain glaring inaccuracies
Cobain wanted the film to loosely chronicle the band’s rise to fame, but when Cobain died, the video lay unfinished until remaining Nirvana members, Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic, stepped in to finish it. The film features a performance in which Cobain gets into a physical altercation with an aggressive bouncer and several intimate shots of the band while touring.
The first album released since the death of Cobain is an acoustic performance taped at Sony Music Studios in New York City for the television series MTV Unplugged. By 1997, the album was certified 5x platinum.
Nirvana’s final album, In Utero, is released on DGC Records. The album enters the Billboard 200 upon release, charting as number one and is certified five times platinum.
Anton Corbijn was initially unsure of directing the video for “Heart Shaped Box” after he heard Cobain’s detailed ideas for it. Corbijn said
I was very amazed by somebody writing a song and having those ideas as precise as he did.
Nirvana wins Best New Artist and Best Alternative Group awards for the “Smells Like Teen Spirit” music video at the 1992 MTV Video Music Awards. During their performance of “Lithium”, Krist Novoselic throws his bass guitar into the air and it lands on his face, leaving him to be rushed to the paramedics for stitches.
After the unsatisfactory experience filming the “Smells Like Teen Spirit” video with Samuel Bayer, Cobain selected Kevin Kerslake due to his impressionistic style.
“Smells Like Teen Spirit” is the first music video director Samuel Bayer has ever worked on. Bayer believed the band chose him for the video because his test-reel was “so bad it was punk.”
Nirvana’s debut studio album, Bleach, is released on the independent record label, Sub Pop.
Cobain forms Nirvana with high school friend, Krist Novoselic, as a punk rock band.