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The Recording Academy® Announces The Season Debut of GRAMMY Label

Portion Of Proceeds Will Benefit GRAMMY Camp®

The Recording Academy® announces the new season debut of GRAMMY Label, a luxury basics collection that celebrates the power of fashion and music.

Each season GRAMMY Label, by appointment of The Recording Academy, donates a new set of instruments to GRAMMY Camp®, a GRAMMY Foundation® program that brings aspiring young music students together with working professionals for extraordinary musical experiences. GRAMMY Label will be available at specialty boutiques nationwide starting in February 2013.

“Together with The Recording Academy, our vision was to develop a collection that was in line with the creative process of making music,” said GRAMMY Label Creative Director Caroline Rothwell. “This is not a promotional line. This is a style that is truly inspired by musicians.”

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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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GRAMMY NOMINEES THE LUMINEERS, CARRIE UNDERWOOD AND JACK WHITE TO PERFORM AT 55TH ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS

The 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards® — Hosted by LL COOL J — Airs Live on CBS Sunday, Feb. 10

#TheWorldIsListening

Current GRAMMY® nominees the Lumineers, Carrie Underwood and Jack White are set to perform; nominees Dierks Bentley and Miranda Lambert will join together in a special performance; and Elton John and nominee Ed Sheeran will perform live together for the first time on the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards® telecast. They join previously announced performers and nominees The Black Keys, FUN., Mumford & Sons, Rihanna, and Taylor Swift. Two-time GRAMMY winner LL COOL J returns as host of Music’s Biggest Night®. 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 5.1surround 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. Additional performers, presenters and special segments will be announced soon. For GRAMMY coverage, updates and breaking news, please visit The Recording Academy®‘s social networks on Twitter and Facebook.

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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).

The complete list of participants is:

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THE RECORDING ACADEMY PRODUCERS & ENGINEERS WING HONORS QUINCY JONES AND AL SCHMITT

THE RECORDING ACADEMY® PRODUCERS & ENGINEERS WING® PRESENTS SIXTH ANNUAL GRAMMY® WEEK EVENT AN EVENING OF JAZZ” HONORING MULTIPLE GRAMMY® WINNERS QUINCY JONES AND AL SCHMITT

The Annual Celebration Will Highlight Sound Quality and Pay Homage to Industry Legends at The Village Studios in West Los Angeles on Feb. 6, 2013

The Recording Academy® Producers & Engineers Wing® will celebrate its sixth annual GRAMMY® Week event titled “An Evening of Jazz” honoring 27-time GRAMMY® winner and multi-talented music producer Quincy Jones and 18-time GRAMMY-winning producer/engineer Al Schmitt for their commitment to excellence and ongoing support for the art and craft of recorded music. The event will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013, at The Village Studios in West Los Angeles. GRAMMY Week culminates with the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards® on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, airing live on the CBS Television Network, at 8 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 tireless efforts of the P&E Wing continue to raise awareness of the ever-evolving climate of sound quality and the increasing interest in the preservation and integrity of recorded music,” said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy. “This year, it is with great honor that we pay tribute to two industry pioneers who also continue to raise awareness in the field of recording and who have set precedents of excellence within the music community. The contributions of both Quincy Jones and Al Schmitt are innumerable as are their incomparable bodies of work and we look forward to an unforgettable evening with these two icons.”

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ANTONIO “L.A.” REID TO BE HONORED AT CLIVE DAVIS AND THE RECORDING ACADEMY PRE-GRAMMY GALA

CLIVE DAVIS AND THE RECORDING ACADEMY® PRESENT THE PRE-GRAMMY® GALA

PREEMINENT EVENT TO FEATURE 2013 GRAMMY SALUTE TO INDUSTRY ICONS® HONORING EPIC RECORDS’ CHAIRMAN AND CEO
ANTONIO “L.A.” REID

Sponsored by Harman, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Hyundai, and MasterCard Worldwide, Celebration to Take Place on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif., on the Eve of the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards®

Clive Davis and The Recording Academy® will present the annual Pre-GRAMMY® Gala on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Calif., the evening before the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards® (www.grammy.com). Sponsored by Harman, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Hyundai, and MasterCard Worldwide, this exclusive, star-studded celebration will feature special musical performances and will be attended by the world’s most renowned artists and top industry VIPs in music, film, television and new media. For updates and breaking news, please visit The Recording Academy’s social networks on Twitter and Facebook: www.twitter.com/thegrammys, www.facebook.com/thegrammys.

As part of the evening’s celebration, the 2013 GRAMMY Salute To Industry Icons® will honor Epic Records’ Chairman and CEO Antonio “L.A.” Reid. The Recording Academy will present Reid with the President’s Merit Award in recognition of his significant contributions to the music industry and the impact his efforts have had on music and the business of music. Past recipients include Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss, Sir Richard Branson, Clive Davis, Ahmet Ertegun, David Geffen, Berry Gordy, Doug Morris, and Mo Ostin.

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“GET ME TO THE GRAMMYS” SOCIAL MEDIA GAME LAUNCHES DEC. 17

Music Fans Have a Chance to Earn Prizes for Online Participation, and the Ultimate Prize of Two Tickets to the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards® on Feb. 10, 2013

Get Me to the GRAMMY®s,” — a unique social media game for music fans nationwide — will launch Dec. 17 and run through Jan. 29, 2013. Fans of the GRAMMY’s on Facebook will have the chance to win seven weekly prizes from each of the GRAMMYs’ six participating partners — Delta Air Lines, Harman, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Hitlab, MasterCard, and Proctor & Gamble. Prizes range from music gift cards to the Ultimate GRAMMYs Superfan prize featuring two tickets to the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards®. The 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards will be held on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles and will be broadcast 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.

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55th Annual GRAMMY Awards Nominees

ra-logo55th Annual GRAMMY Awards Nominees – Partial List

1. Record Of The Year

Lonely Boy

The Black Keys
The Black Keys & Danger Mouse, producers; Tom Elmhirst & Kennie Takahashi, engineers/mixers; Brian Lucey, mastering engineer
Track from: El Camino
[Nonesuch]

Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)

Kelly Clarkson
Greg Kurstin, producer; Serban Ghenea, John Hanes, Greg Kurstin & Jesse Shatkin, engineers/mixers; Chris Gehringer, mastering engineer
[RCA Records/19 Recordings Limited]

We Are Young

Fun. Featuring Janelle Monáe
Jeff Bhasker, producer; Jeff Bhasker, Andrew Dawson & Stuart White, engineers/mixers; Chris Gehringer, mastering engineer
Track from: Some Nights
[Fueled By Ramen]

Somebody That I Used To Know

Gotye Featuring Kimbra
Wally De Backer, producer; Wally De Backer & Francois Tetaz, engineers/mixers; William Bowden, mastering engineer
Track from: Making Mirrors
[Universal Republic]

ARTIST ERIKA IRIS SIMMONS CREATES OFFICIAL ARTWORK FOR THE 55TH ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS

The Recording Academy® is pleased to announce the selection of artist Erika Iris Simmons to create the official artwork for the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards®. The work depicts the iconic GRAMMY® image composed with half-inch studio recording tape, a true celebration of recording excellence. It will be used as the official artwork for the world’s premier music event and will grace the cover of the GRAMMY Awards program book, telecast tickets and promotional poster. The 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards will be held Feb. 10, 2013, at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles and will be broadcast live on the CBS Television Network at 8 p.m. (ET/PT). For updates and breaking news, please visit The Recording Academy’s social networks on Twitter and Facebook: www.twitter.com/thegrammys, www.facebook.com/thegrammys. For a complete nominations list, please visit www.grammy.com.

“We are delighted to announce our collaboration Erika Iris Simmons to create the official artwork for the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards,” said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy. “Erika’s unique concept of creating a GRAMMY with recording tape speaks to the history of recorded music and celebrates the tradition and timelessness of music’s most prestigious honor. We are grateful to work with such a gifted and exceptional artist.”

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Ken Ehrlich and AEG Ehrlich Ventures Will Produce The 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards

Following the Recently Produced “We Will Always Love You: A GRAMMY Salute To Whitney Houston,” Executive Producer Also Will Continue to Produce “The GRAMMY® Nominations Concert Live!! — Countdown To Music’s Biggest Night®” 

Longtime music and television producer Ken Ehrlich, and his production company AEG Ehrlich Ventures, will produce the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards® (www.grammy.com), continuing a long-standing tradition that keeps him as executive producer of Music’s Biggest Night®, it was announced today by The Recording Academy®. In addition, Ehrlich and AEG Ehrlich Ventures will continue producing “The GRAMMY® Nominations Concert Live!! — Countdown To Music’s Biggest Night,” a one-hour live music special that announces nominations in several categories as well as features performances by past GRAMMY winners and/or nominees. The road to Music’s Biggest Night begins with “The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live!!,” which takes place live for the first time ever at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn., on Wednesday, Dec. 5, and will be broadcast in HDTV and 5.1 surround sound on the CBS Television Network (www.cbs.com) from 10 – 11 p.m. ET/PT (9 p.m. Central) — and culminates with the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards, live from STAPLES Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, and broadcast on CBS at 8 p.m. ET/PT.  Read the rest of this entry