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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

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

The Recording Academy Statement® re: Andy Williams

Andy Williams’ smooth voice and casual style turned the songs he sang into timeless classics and made him one of America’s top pop singers. As host of his own weekly variety series, “The Andy Williams Show,” he helped put both established and emerging talent in front of American audiences. Williams was the first host of the live GRAMMY Awards telecast and hosted the show for seven consecutive years, beginning with the 13th Annual GRAMMY Awards in March 1971, at the Hollywood Palladium. The entertainment industry has lost a giant piece of its living history today, but Williams’ legacy will forever be enshrined in the annals of music and television. Our deepest condolences go out to his family, friends, and all who will miss this American treasure.

Neil Portnow
President/CEO
The Recording Academy

GRAMMY CHARITY ONLINE AUCTIONS

OFFER EXCLUSIVE VIP GRAMMY EXPERIENCES TO BENEFIT MUSICARES®

AND THE GRAMMY FOUNDATION®

WHO:
MusiCares®
and the GRAMMY Foundation®

WHAT:
GRAMMY® Charity Online Auctionsexclusive Latin GRAMMY Awards® VIP experience, a 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards ticket package, GRAMMY red-carpet bleacher seats, and a meet-and-greet with Two Door Cinema Club available now through Sept. 28 at www.ebay.com/grammy. Presented in partnership with Kompolt, all proceeds will benefit MusiCares and the GRAMMY Foundation.

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The Recording Academy Statement® Re: Joe South

“Two-time GRAMMY® winner Joe South had a successful and illustrious career collaborating with countless artists as a guitarist, songwriter and singer. Once a studio musician, he backed legendary acts including Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin and Simon & Garfunkel. South continued his career as a singer/songwriter penning eloquent lyrics that commented on the state of society and spanned the country, pop and rock genres. He was a true talent and beloved member of the music community, and we mourn his loss along with his family, friends and all of those who had the pleasure of knowing him.”

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® LAUNCHES CAMPAIGN TO “GIVE FANS THE CREDIT”

New Initiative Will Enhance Fans’ Music Discovery by Ensuring All Music Creators Are Credited for Their Work on Digitally Released Recordings
Honorary Ambassadors T Bone Burnett, Lamont Dozier, Sheila E, Skylar Grey, Jimmy Jam, RedOne, and Don Was to Help Generate Dialogue and Support for this Important Issue, with an Online Petition Available at www.givefansthecredit.com

The Recording Academy® (http://www.grammy.com), the organization internationally known for the GRAMMY Awards®, is launching “Give Fans The Credit” — a new campaign that will help enhance fans’ discovery of new music by ensuring all music creators are credited for their work on digitally released recordings. Honorary Ambassadors who will help further awareness of this important initiative include: 12-time GRAMMY®-winning producer T Bone Burnett; GRAMMY-winning songwriter Lamont Dozier; singer/songwriter/percussionist Sheila E; singer/songwriter Skylar Grey; five-time GRAMMY-winning producer/songwriter Jimmy Jam; two-time GRAMMY-winning producer/songwriter RedOne; and three-time GRAMMY-winning producer Don Was. Additionally, an online petition for fans to sign and further information is available at www.givefansthecredit.com. 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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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 Latin Recording Academy Statement Re: Chavela Vargas

Latin Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Chavela Vargas was one of Mexico’s most legendary singers, hailed for her provocative singing style and haunting performances. Born in Costa Rica but later raised in Mexico, she defied gender stereotypes and her deep-voiced renditions of Mexican rancheras became the definitive versions of the genre’s classic folk songs. Recording more than 80 albums over the course of her career, she was still at work as of last year, releasing a new album and performing to standing ovations. Mexico has lost a cultural icon and the music world has lost a true trailblazer. Our deepest sympathies go out to her family, friends, and all who were moved by her transcendent talent.

Gabriel Abaroa Jr.
President/CEO
The Latin Recording Academy®