Fogerty earns first-time Grammy performance


LOS ANGELES  -- John Fogerty is finding out it's never too late to be a first-time performer on the Grammy Awards.

The 62-year-old former Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman will join rock pioneers Jerry Lee Lewis and Little Richard in a "Cornerstone of Rock" segment during Sunday's CBS telecast from Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles.

"When I was a young guy, none of the people I liked got Grammys. That's just the way it was," he said at a Grammy week event Wednesday night.

"They honored a lot of great people, but they just weren't in my musical universe. Then something changed 15, 20 years ago, where they started kind of getting a little hipper, honoring rock and pop and even rap. It seems to be not just reserved for old, gray white men anymore, kind of like our politics."

Despite CCR's string of hits in the 1960s and '70s, Fogerty never played the Grammys. This time, his own band will back him, Lewis and Little Richard.

He could take the stage twice -- his new album "Revival" is nominated for rock album, a category he won in 1997.

"It would be great to win one, but it's also just great to be mentioned and thought of," he said. "You just have to be glad you're in the parade."

Fogerty's "Revival" tour hits Australia for seven dates beginning March 16 in Perth.