Alice In Chains’ William DuVall Details Beautiful 1996 Layne Staley Connection


Alice In Chains singer/guitarist William DuVall shared a rare photo of the band, including Layne Staley, at the Grammys in 1996 with Dionne Farris. Faris was nominated for a Grammy for a song she co-wrote with DuVall.

DuVall wrote on Instagram, “This was a cool surprise at the AIC Pop-up Museum today. According to Susan Silver, this was taken at the Grammy Awards party in 1996. L-R: Mike Inez, Sean Kinney, unknown, Dionne Farris, Donnie Ienner (then-president of Columbia Records), Layne Staley, Mike McCready, and Jason Finn (of the band Presidents Of The U.S.A.). Alice In Chains was nominated for Best Hard Rock Performance for ‘Grind.’ Dionne Farris was nominated for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for a song I co-wrote entitled ‘I Know.’ Nice unexpected small world/full-circle moment for me. #aliceinchains #dionnefarris #grammys.”

You can view the photo below. Layne Staley made his final music industry appearance at the 1997 Grammys, and discussed in interviews how he really wanted to win one. He sadly never did, and he was omitted from the In Memoriam segment at the 2003 Grammys, leading to Jerry Cantrell and Sean Kinney leaving the show early due to the disrespect shown towards their late friend and bandmate.