Category Archives: The Recording Academy

Drake, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Robin Thicke, And Keith Urban Set To Perform On “The GRAMMY® Nominations Concert Live!!

DRAKE, MACKLEMORE & RYAN LEWIS, ROBIN THICKE, AND KEITH URBAN SET TO PERFORM ON “THE GRAMMY® NOMINATIONS CONCERT LIVE!! — COUNTDOWN TO MUSIC’S BIGGEST NIGHT®
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LL COOL J RETURNS TO HOST ONE-HOUR EVENT ON DEC. 6
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ROBIN THICKE TO PERFORM EXCLUSIVE CONCERT FOR GUESTS FOLLOWING THE LIVE TELECAST
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CBS Entertainment Special Will Announce Nominations for the 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards® Live from the Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE
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SANTA MONICA, Calif. (Oct. 09, 2013) — GRAMMY® winner DrakeMacklemore & Ryan Lewis, Robin Thicke, and four-time GRAMMY winner Keith Urban are the first acts announced to perform on “The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live!! — Countdown To Music’s Biggest Night®.” Two-time GRAMMY winner LL COOL J returns to host the one-hour special, which takes place at Los Angeles’ Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on Friday, Dec. 6. The show — which will announce nominations in several categories as well as feature performances by past GRAMMY winners and/or nominees — will be broadcast in HDTV and 5.1 surround sound on the CBS Television Network from 10 – 11 p.m. ET/PT. Additional performers and presenters will be announced shortly. For updates and breaking news, please visit GRAMMY.com, and The Recording Academy®‘s social networks on Twitter andFacebook.

TOP ATHLETES CREATE “A CHAMPION’S PLAYLIST” TO INSPRIRE FANS

Motivating Music Offers Fans a Chance to Win Tickets to Music’s Biggest Night®

Top athletes have teamed with The Recording Academy® to create motivating music playlists featuring GRAMMY® -winning recordings. Ike Davis (MLB player for the New York Mets), Frankie Edgar (UFC competitor), Tracy Little (Olympic synchronized swimmer), Jason Richardson (NBA player for the Philadelphia 76ers), and Aldon Smith (NFL player for the San Francisco 49ers) have each created “A Champion’s Playlist,” which will be streaming online via digital music service Rdio.

The sports stars will present their individual playlists through their respective Twitter handles and the athlete whose playlist receives the most votes will then choose a winner, at random, who will receive two tickets to the 55th Annual GRAMMY® Awards and a two-night stay courtesy of Hilton Hotels & Resorts. The leader board and complete contest rules can be found at www.grammys.kred.com. The contest runs Jan. 25 – Feb. 1, 2013.

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THE RECORDING ACADEMY ANNOUNCES OFFICIAL SPONSORS FOR 55TH ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS

Partners Team with The Academy for Music’s Biggest Night®

The Recording Academy® proudly announced its official sponsors for this year’s 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards®. Delta Air Lines, Dial Global Radio Network, Harman, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Hitlab, Hyundai, MasterCard, PEOPLE, Pepsi, and Procter & Gamble (COVERGIRL, Olay and Herbal Essences) are all supporters of this year’s GRAMMY Awards and GRAMMY® Week events. The music industry’s premier event will take place live on Sunday, Feb. 10, at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles and will be broadcast in high-definition TV and 5.1 surround sound on the CBS Television Network from 8 – 11:30 p.m. (ET/PT). The show also will be supported on radio worldwide via Dial Global, and covered online at GRAMMY.com and CBS.com, and on YouTube. For GRAMMY coverage, updates and breaking news, please visit The Recording Academy’s social networks on Twitter and Facebook.

“The GRAMMYs continually strive to push the envelope from a marketing standpoint,” said Evan Greene, Chief Marketing Officer of The Recording Academy. “We are very fortunate to have so many truly remarkable partners that share our passion for creativity and innovation.”

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HITLAB ANNOUNCES 10 FINALISTS FOR THE EMERGING ARTIST COMPETITION

Winners Will Perform at Official GRAMMY® Week Event

MONTREAL and SANTA MONICA, Calif., Jan. 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Hitlab, Inc. (“Hitlab“) has entered into a partnership with The Recording Academy® — internationally known for The GRAMMY Awards® — to give unsigned, up-and-coming artists or bands the chance to perform at the 4th Annual Social Media Rock Stars Summit (SMRSS), an official GRAMMY® Week event.

The Emerging Artist Competition was launched on Nov. 26, 2012, and after original music was submitted to the contest Web page (www.hitlab.com), Hitlab is pleased to announce the following 10 finalists: Ashley Martinez (Bradford, ON, Canada), Beaux Saunders (London, United Kingdom), Jade Novah (Atlanta, GA), James David (Los Angeles, CA), John Thomas (Stratford, CT), Melissa Fuller (Nashville, TN), Miss Mary (Bucharest, Romania), Pamela Lajoie (Sainte Sophie, QC, Canada), Sarah Solovay (New York, NY), and Savera and The Tapes (Los Angeles, CA).Fans can vote for their favorite artist at http://contests.hitlab.com/. Prize winners, selected using a combination of online voting and a Blue Ribbon Panel, will be announced on Feb. 4, 2013. The winners will be flown to Los Angeles to perform at the Social Media Rock Stars Summit reception, and the performance will be streamed live on GRAMMY.com as part of The Academy’s three-day GRAMMY Live (www.grammy.com/live) coverage. The winners will also attend the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards and official GRAMMY Celebration after-party on Sunday, Feb. 10.

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The Recording Academy Statement Re: Patti Page

GRAMMY® winner Patti Page was an extremely talented artist known for her unique and smooth vocal style. Throughout her seven-decade career, Page had hits such as “(How Much Is That) Doggie in the Window?,” “Old Cape Cod” and her version of “Tennessee Waltz,” which kept her on the top of the charts and made her one of the top-selling female artists in music. I recently had the privilege of speaking with Ms. Page and informing her that she would be recognized with The Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award this upcoming February, and she was grateful and excited to be receiving the honor. Our industry has lost a remarkable talent and a true gift, and our sincere condolences go out to her family, friends and fans who were inspired by her work.

Neil Portnow
President/CEO
The Recording Academy

THE RECORDING ACADEMY LAUNCHES “THE ARTIST INTERVIEW SERIES” ON TWITTER

Female Recording Artists Interview Each Other Via Their Twitter Handles

The Recording Academy®, with participation from Twitter, has launched “The Artist Interview Series” — a diverse group of female recording artists ranging from bona fide superstars to emerging newcomers who have been paired for an exclusive Twitter conversation. With a promotional campaign titled “#TheWorldIsListening,” the interviews will help build anticipation for the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards®, which will be held on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles and will be broadcast live in HDTV and 5.1 Surround Sound on the CBS Television Network from 8 – 11:30 p.m. (ET/PT). For updates and breaking news, please visit www.grammy.com, and The Recording Academy’s social networks on Twitter and Facebook: www.twitter.com/thegrammys, www.facebook.com/thegrammys.

The online question-and-answer sessions will provide fans an opportunity to eavesdrop on conversations between female music makers ranging from two-time GRAMMY® winner and current nominee Kelly Clarkson and two-time GRAMMY winner Reba McEntire to A Fine Frenzy and two-time GRAMMY winner and current nominee Joy Williams of the Civil Wars. “Conversations” will transpire between each of the recording artists’ Twitter handle and filter through the official GRAMMY Twitter page.The conversations begin today through Dec. 20, and fans can view the entire interview transcriptions from “The Artist Interview Series” @TwitterMusic (www.twitter.com/twittermusic).

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The Recording Academy® Statement Re: Ravi Shankar

Three-time GRAMMY® winner and renowned sitar player Ravi Shankar was a true pioneer in introducing Indian music to the West. He influenced artists across classical, jazz, pop, rock, and world music genres, including the Beatles, John Coltrane, Philip Glass, and his daughters, Norah Jones and Anoushka Shankar. In 1971, he helped pave the way for charity concerts, alongside George Harrison, organizing the Concert for Bangladesh, to help Bangladesh refugees. Just last week, I had the honor to inform him that he would receive a 2013 Lifetime Achievement this February. He was deeply touched and so pleased, that he extended a gracious and personal invitation to visit with him at his home. We have lost an innovative and exceptional talent and a true ambassador of international music. Our thoughts and sincerest condolences go out to his family, friends and all of those around the world who were inspired by his music and compassionate philanthropy.

Neil Portnow
President/CEO
The Recording Academy

The Recording Academy Statement on: Jules Chaikin

“An accomplished trumpeter, music contractor and contributor to film scores, Jules Chaikin was a highly talented musician with a career that spanned several decades. Chaikin worked with such artists as the Carpenters, Chicago, Dionne Warwick, Aretha Franklin, Kenny Rogers, Nina Simone, and Johnny Mathis, and he contributed to such films as The Rose, A Star Is Born, Ghostbusters, and Star Wars. We were fortunate to have him as part of our GRAMMY family not only as a past elected leader but as a music conductor on the telecast for more than 20 years. We have lost a gifted musician and a giving individual, and our thoughts and condolences go out to his family, friends and all those who were fortunate to work with him.”

Neil Portnow
President/CEO
The Recording Academy

2013 GRAMMY NOMINEES ALBUM

PRE-ORDERS START DEC.OFFERING FANS AN OPPORTUNITY TO ATTEND

THE 55TH ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS®Album Hits Stores and Digital Retailers on Jan. 22, 2013

The Recording Academy®‘s GRAMMY Recordings® and Capitol Records have teamed to release the 2013 GRAMMY® Nominees album, which will be available Jan. 22, 2013, in stores and via digital retailers. The 19th installment of the best-selling series will feature a bevy of this year’s GRAMMY-nominated artists and hit songs across multiple genres. A portion of the proceeds from sales of the album will help support the year-round efforts of the GRAMMY Foundation® and MusiCares Foundation® — two charitable organizations of The Recording Academy. Following the success of last year’s contest, music fans can log on to www.grammy.com/2013grammyalbum to pre-order the 2013 GRAMMY Nominees album and enter to win a trip for two to the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards®.

“It’s an honor to join forces with Capitol Records to deliver a truly diverse collection encompassing a variety of genres and highlighting today’s most talented musicians,” said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy. “After the success of last year’s pre-order enter-and-win sweepstakes, we’re once again thrilled to give music fans the opportunity to experience Music’s Biggest Night® firsthand. And, it’s gratifying to be able to continue our support of the crucial work that MusiCares and the GRAMMY Foundation carry out year-round.”

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The Recording Academy® Statement Re: David Brubeck

Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement award recipient David Brubeck was an iconic jazz and classical pianist. Throughout his six decade-long career, his unique time signatures and distinct rhythms were highlights of his innovative style. As one of the prime architects of the sophisticated West Coast jazz sound, Brubeck showed that jazz could be artistically challenging yet accessible to large audiences. His recordings have received both commercial and critical success, and will be remembered and celebrated for generations to come. We have lost a great legend in our community, and our thoughts and condolences go to his family, friends and all those he inspired.

Neil Portnow
President/CEO
The Recording Academy