The Recording Academy has announced that it will be presenting its 2012 "GRAMMYs on the Hill Awards" to singer/songwriter John Mayer and congressman Howard Berman (D-Calif.).The ceremony will be held in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, April 25 at the Liaison Capitol Hill hotel.
"GRAMMYs on the Hill" events include an awards ceremony on April 25 and an annual advocacy day on Capitol Hill on Thursday, April 26.
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Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow said in a statement, "This year we are proud to honor Rep. Berman, who has a long history of working to support music creators, and John Mayer, who beyond being an enormous talent is also an active philanthropist in arts and education."
Berman has led efforts to protect the rights of artists and songwriters throughout his career; most recently, he acted to ensure artist-broadcaster negotiations would lead to a performance right for artists. He also spoke in favor of numerous antipiracy bills.
Mayer collaborated with Northern California Institute for Research and Education to create the Veterans Health and Integration Program - a civilian/military partnership providing support to military personnel transitioning from combat duty to civilian life.