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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® 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

The Recording Academy® Statement Re: Deborah Raffin

GRAMMY® Award winner Deborah Raffin was a great talent and a gifted spirit. The Recording Academy® Los Angeles Chapter was proud to have Raffin as a Board member to work with our membership and ensure musicians’ interests were always met. She had a successful career with her audio book company bringing books to life through spoken word. We have suffered a dear loss and our condolences go out to her friends, family and fans.

Neil Portnow
President/CEO
The Recording Academy

The Recording Academy Statement® Re: Elliott Carter

“GRAMMY® winner and Recording Academy Trustees Award recipient Elliott Carter was a brilliant composer whose compositions helped define a uniquely American sound in the 20th century. His musically complex works have been performed by symphonies around the world and his career as both a music creator and educator will leave a lasting legacy for those who follow. He was a consummate talent who will be profoundly missed, and our thoughts and condolences go out to his family, friends and fans throughout the world.”

Neil Portnow
President/CEO
The Recording Academy

The Recording Academy® Statement Re: Hal David

“GRAMMY® winner Hal David was an exquisite lyricist who penned timeless songs that have become classics in the American songbook. With his heartfelt and poetic lyrics, he wrote for countless legendary recording artists, and his songs such as ‘Promises, Promises’ and ‘Rain Drops Keep Falling On My Head’ have graced Broadway stages and the silver screen, garnering both Oscar® and Tony® Awards. In 1997, The Recording Academy honored David and longtime writing partner Burt Bacharach with a Trustees Award, recognizing their historic contributions to the music industry. Our very own GRAMMY Museum includes a permanent Songwriters Hall Of Fame section thanks to a vision of David’s that brought a longtime dream of his to reality. His body of work has left a lasting impact on our culture, and today we have lost a true legend of our industry. Our deepest condolences go out to his family, friends and those he inspired through his exceptional and legendary work.”

Neil Portnow
President/CEO
The Recording Academy

The Recording Academy® Statement Re: Marvin Hamlisch

Four-time GRAMMY® winner Marvin Hamlisch was a masterful composer whose work transcended Broadway stages and the silver screen. His compositions for Broadway hits such as “A Chorus Line” and “The Goodbye Girl,” and scores for films Sophie’s Choice, Ordinary People, and The Way We Were earned him numerous accolades, including the prestigious honor of having received Academy Awards®, Emmys®, Golden Globes, Tonys and a Pulitzer Prize — in addition to his GRAMMY Awards. His work had a significant influence on our culture, and continues to reach across generations. The music industry has lost a truly gifted artist, and our condolences are with his family, friends and all those who were inspired by his singular talent.

Neil Portnow
The Recording Academy
President/CEO

The Recording Academy Statement re: Bob Babbitt

“Two-time GRAMMY® Award winner and Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Bob Babbitt was a remarkable bass player and member of Motown’s legendary Funk Brothers. A ‘musician’s musician,’ his signature bass lines infused some of the most memorable R&B and soul hits, and his versatility landed him work in other genres including pop, jazz, country and gospel. His work left an indelible mark on the famed Motown sound, and he set a soul standard for generations of bassists. Our deepest sympathies go out to his family, friends, and all who continue to groove to his music.”

Neil Portnow
President/CEO
The Recording Academy®