After making history as the Tolkien-obsessed banshee singer of Led Zeppelin and almost single-handedly inventing the rock god archetype, Robert Plant reinvented himself in the 2000s as folk music’s bearded elder statesman, indulging his love of blues and bluegrass to thrilling effect. In 2007, he released the haunting and timeless “Raising Sand” with bluegrass matriarch Alison Krauss to near-universal acclaim. The album eventually went platinum and took home the Grammy for Album of the Year. —Jeff Royer
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