The Grammys are based on quality, not quantity. But is it possible to make an informed prediction of who will triumph at the annual awards ceremony by looking at the Billboard charts? Based on the number of winners who have topped the Billboard album chart since the first statuette was handed out in 1959, the answer is a qualified yes: Mumford & Sons are in good company.
Two Grammys presented during the pre-telecast have rewritten the record books. For the first time in 10 years, the Grammy for Best Musical Theater Album has gone to a cast album for a show based on a motion picture and a Woody Allen film has finally won a Grammy.
Tonight's edition of "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest" will be the first one where Clark -- the man who created the show in 1972 and became synonymous with New Year's Eve -- will not be with us. Here, Ryan Seacrest, producer Larry Klein, DCP president Orly Adelson and others reflect on the man and what he meant to them, the show and New Year's Eve over the years.
Pete Bennett -- the promotion man who famously worked with the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Nat King Cole, Steven Tyler, Sam Cooke and many others -- died of a heart attack Thursday at 77. Former Rolling Stones manager/producer Andrew Loog Oldham, Sire Records co-founder Seymour Stein and others shared their memories of Bennett.
Motown producer/songwriter/artist Frank Wilson, who died on Sept. 27 after a long battle with cancer, is one of the label’s great unsung heroes having produced hits for almost every major Motown artist, including: Diana Ross & the Supremes, the Temptations, the Four Tops, the Miracles, Marvin Gaye, Eddie Kendricks and Stevie Wonder. Here then is a look at his chart legacy and more complete with videos.
Andy Williams will be remembered as a “middle-of-the-road” singer, a term that we now call “Adult Contemporary,” but that may not be an accurate way of remembering the crooner who scored 42 hits on The Billboard Hot 100 (and its predecessor, the Best Sellers in Stores chart). Many of his biggest hits were pure pop songs, written by top 40 songwriters like Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman, and Kal Mann and Bernie Lowe.