Nirvana Nevermind RIAA Gold LP Award. Nirvana's legendary album was released September 24, 1997 and changed music. The release effectively ushered out hair metal and welcomed a new punk-infused raw rock sound. It was certified Gold by the RIAA on November 27, 1991 for 500,000 copies sold by the RIAA which is what this very first RIAA award that Nirvana earned celebrates.
The album went to #1 on the Billboard Top 200 Album, fueled by incendiary single "Smells Like Teen Spirit". Three other singles also did well on radio and MTV including "Come as You Are", "Lithium", and "In Bloom". On a worldwide basis Nevermind has sold over 30 million copies, making it one of the best selling albums of all time. In the U.S., by 1999 the album earned a RIAA Diamond award for selling 10 million copies. See image above for all the RIAA sales certifications of this album through the years*.
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- RIAA Gold "R hologram" album award from 1991
- In VG condition
- Presentation to Geffen Records
- Has been rebacked
- Award measures approx. 17" x 21"
- Great collectors item for any Nirvana fan
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Detailed Item Description: This is a hard-to-find first presentation RIAA "R hologram" Gold award presented to Nirvana that would have been manufactured in 1991, making it 30 years old. The award is presented to DGC Records and is the very first RIAA certification that Nirvana achieved. Of course this album would go on to receive many more certifications all the way to the 10x Multi-Platinum (Diamond) status it reached by 1999.
The award is in VG condition, with only a minor mar or two on the frame and plexiglass. There is also some very slight degradation on the record around the label (see image). The award appears to have been rebacked.
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*RIAA sales data source: RIAA.com