In 1996, Lou Reed was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of fame as a founding member of The Velvet Underground. He has acted in and composed original scores for several films. In 1998 he was designated an AMERICAN MASTER by the award winning PBS documentary series. He received a Grammy for Best Long Form Documentary for LOU REED: ROCK AND ROLL HEART. Reed was awarded the Chevalier Commander of Arts and Letters from the French Government. PASS THRU FIRE, a collection of lyrics, was published in the fall of 1999. He collaborated with Robert Wilson on POEtry in which toured throughout the world in 2000-01, and the following year his work METAL MACHINE MUSIC and other electronic works were performed by the avant garde German music collective Zeikratzer.