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Robert Anthony Plant is an English rock singer, most famous for his membership in the rock band Led Zeppelin, but also for his successful solo career. He is known for his powerful style, often mystical lyrics, and wide vocal range. As the lead singer of Led Zeppelin he is often defined as the quintessential rock front man. Some of Plant’s music was influenced by J. R. R. Tolkien, whose book series inspired lyrics in some early Led Zeppelin songs. Most notably the “Battle of Evermore”, “Misty Mountain Hop” and “Ramble On” all contain verses referencing Tolkien’s “The Lord of the Rings”. Undoubtedly one of Plant’s most significant and influential achievements with Led Zeppelin was his contribution to the track, “Stairway to Heaven”.
As a solo artist following Led Zeppelin’s demise, he is often credited for his wide range of musical taste and his ability to perform an eclectic range of songs in a refined and critically acclaimed manner. In 2002, with his then newly-formed band Strange Sensation, Plant released a collection of mostly blues and folk remakes, “Dreamland”. The second album, “Mighty ReArranger”, contained original songs. Both received two Grammy nominations each.
As a former member of Led Zeppelin, along with Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones, Plant received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005 and the Polar Music Prize in 2006.