Awesome: Tom Waits

  • His break with Asylum and his dramatic reinvention after his collaboration with and marriage to Kathleen Brenan. (Also counts as a Crowning Music of Awesome)
    • "Spacious Thoughts," his recent collaboration with Kool Keith on N.A.S.A.'s The Spirit of Apollo.
    • Winning several lawsuits over the use of his songs in advertisements (which he hates, apparently)...and donating the money he got out of them to charity.
    • His 2011 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.