Grammy Award

  1. Latin Jazz Musicians Protest Grammy Awards, L.A. Mayor Supportive Of Artists

    February 12, 2012 9:19 PM EST Latin jazz musicians protested with signs and loud music outside the Grammy Awards on Sunday as they continued their nearly yearlong fight to reinstate 31 categories which were eliminated by the Recording Academy in 2011. About 70 artists and thei ...

  2. Glen Campbell, Diana Ross, George Jones, Allman Brothers, More Honored at Grammy Special Merit Awards

    February 12, 2012 5:30 PM EST Lifetime Achievement Award winners (from left) George Jones, Gregg Allman, Diana Ross and Glen Campbell at The 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards - Special Merit Awards Ceremony at L.A.'s Wilshire Ebell Theatre. (Photo: WireImage) LOS ANGELES -- Glen ...

  3. Sheila E., Grammy Trustee, Vows to Fight Latin-Award Category Downsizing From the Inside

    February 11, 2012 7:20 PM EST Count Sheila E. among the artists who is upset that the Recording Academy condensed the number of Grammy Award categories from 109 to 78. But unlike some of her fellow artists, she is fighting from the inside. "I was very offended Latin Jazz ...

  4. Grammys Book Big Brands, Bigger Ad Rates As 30-Second Spots Command $800,000 Apiece

    February 10, 2012 12:11 PM EST The Super Bowl had its fair share of big synchs and artist appearances this year ( Billboard.biz, Feb. 6 ), but the real music-marketing showcase is the Grammy Awards. The 2011 Grammys telecast on CBS was watched by 26.6 million viewers, its large ...

  5. Grammy Protestors Drop Off 23,000 Signatures at NARAS Headquarters

    February 09, 2012 5:44 PM EST More than a dozen musicians, community leaders and supporters dropped off a thick stack of documents on Thursday (Feb. 9) with a reported 23,000 signatures at the Recording Academy headquarters as part of an ongoing effort to compel the organizati ...

  6. Beach Boys Reunion Begins at Grammys, With Foster the People & Maroon 5

    February 08, 2012 5:53 PM EST The surviving members of The Beach Boys will perform together for the first time in more than 20 years at Sunday's Grammy Awards (Feb. 12) in a joint appearance with sun-drenched nominees Foster the People and Maroon 5, it was announced on We ...

  7. Backbeat: Grammy Glam Kicks Off Celebrations, Neil Portnow Discusses Protests

    February 08, 2012 1:36 PM EST Grammy-winning artists Erykah Badu and DJ Spinderella took turns as DJs at the Grammy Glam party Tuesday (Feb. 7) in celebration of the Grammy Awards taking place on Sunday. Grammy Glam was presented by CoverGirl , Olay , and Venus . Spinderella s ...

  8. Foo Fighters, Lil Wayne, David Guetta, Deadmau5 & Chris Brown to Lead Dance Music Tribute at Grammys

    February 07, 2012 4:04 PM EST For the sake of the Grammys, Dave Grohl is squelching his beef with electronic music. The Foo Fighters, who have been known to diss computer-made tracks and their creators during their live shows, will participate in a "special performance hi ...

  9. Chris Brown To Perform at the Grammys

    February 06, 2012 9:33 PM EST Chris Brown will perform at this year's Grammy Awards, the event where his career almost ended three years ago. Brown admitted to assaulting then-girlfriend Rihanna at a pre-Grammy party in 2009 and is serving five years of probation for the ...

  10. Grammy Awards Protest Planned By Musicians During Sunday's Show

    February 06, 2012 7:56 PM EST In an ongoing effort to reinstate 31 categories that were eliminated from the Grammy Awards, musicians are planning a protest and a musical showcase on the same day as 54th installment of the awards show on Feb. 12, according to a spokesman for th ...

  11. Bon Iver's Justin Vernon On (Not) Playing the Grammys, Endorsing Bushmills

    February 03, 2012 10:02 AM EST Drinkin' and Cussin' (from left:) Kyle Frenette, Nate Vernon, Brian Joseph, and Justin Vernon f Bon Iver at Bushmills Irish Whiskey's "Since Way Back" event on Feb. 2. (Photo: Diana Levine) Bon Iver may be up for four Gram ...

  12. Bon Iver, 'Holocene' Featured In Surprising Grammy Ad

    January 31, 2012 6:09 PM EST Bon Iver's Justin Vernon previously had some choice words for the Grammy Awards, but it's seems he's changing his tune -- or at least going along with the Recording Academy's stunning new commercial for his band. Grammy Snubs ( ...

  13. Grammy's Ken Ehrlich on Adele Appearance, Paul Simon Snub, Paul McCartney's Performance

    January 31, 2012 8:30 AM EST The Recording Academy uses the two weeks prior to the Grammy Awards to announce performers and presenters, and executive producer Ken Ehrlich says Thursday should yield a "major interesting" announcement. Ehrlich tells Billboard.biz that ...

  14. Rev. Jesse Jackson Hints At Protest Over Grammy Category Cuts

    January 28, 2012 1:20 PM EST The Rev. Jesse Jackson is entering the fray over The Recording Academy's cuts to its Grammy categories: He's asking to meet with the president of the organization and has raised the possibility of protests with the awards less than two w ...

  15. Billboard Power 100: Neil Portnow

    January 26, 2012 10:54 PM EST No. 56 Neil Portnow President/CEO The Recording Academy Twitter: @TheGrammys Grammy Knight... After two consecutive years of Grammy Awards TV ratings that were the best in the decade-26.6 million viewers in 2011, 25.9 million in 2010, according to ...

  16. Glen Campbell to Perform With Blake Shelton, The Band Perry at Grammys

    January 26, 2012 1:20 PM EST Five-time Grammy Award winner and Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Glen Campbell will be taking the Grammy stage at this year's 54th annual award show flanked by two of this year's Grammy nominees, Blake Shelton and The Band Perry. 2 ...

  17. Rap At the Grammys: An Overall Winner, But Major Category Loser

    January 23, 2012 9:08 AM EST NEW YORK (AP) - Since its beginnings in the 1970s, rap music has transformed from an underground, street-based sound to a definitive part of pop culture, transcending race and becoming one of the strongest - and most prolific - voices of today ...

  18. 2011: The Year the Music Business Turned the Corner?

    December 30, 2011 11:20 AM EST My first day as editor of Billboard.biz was January 3rd of this year. There were four major labels, Doug Morris was still at Universal (officially, anyway), Barry Weiss was still with Sony, Edgar Bronfman Jr. was still CEO of Warner, EMI was still ...

  19. Grammy Foundation To Expand Grammy Camp To Nashville

    December 23, 2011 10:15 AM EST The Grammy Foundation today announced that it will be bringing back its summer Grammy Camp program to both Los Angeles, where it has been held for the past seven years, and New York, where it debuted last summer, and will this year expand to inclu ...

  20. Steve Jobs To Receive Grammy's Trustee Award

    December 23, 2011 7:00 AM EST LOS ANGELES (AP) - Apple co-founder Steve Jobs is receiving a posthumous Grammy for his technological innovations in the arts. Jobs is among a dozen people, music groups or companies receiving honorary awards Feb. 11, the day before the Grammys. H ...

  21. How Grammy365.com Helped Little Known Linda Chorney Score A Grammy Nod

    December 12, 2011 8:29 PM EST Rain derailed Linda Chorney's plan to film a music video on Dec. 11 at the base of the Hollywood sign. The video's producer, the film producer Forrest Murray, quickly shifted gears, hoping to secure the stage at Amoeba Records to shoot C ...

  22. Backbeat: Grammy Nominations After-Party; Word On Ludacris' Next Album

    December 05, 2011 7:00 AM EST Toasting the June-announced 10-year pact that keeps the Grammy Awards on CBS through 2021 are, from left, Recording Academy president/CEO Neil Portnow and CBS Corporation president/CEO Leslie Moonves. (Photo: Recording Academy/WireImage/Maury Phil ...

  23. Adele? Bruno Mars? Skrillex? Retailers Project 2012 Grammy Sales Bumps

    December 02, 2011 9:10 AM EST Out of the titles eligible for the 54th Grammy's in the top 20 best-selling albums so far in 2011, only Britney Spears' "Femme Fatale" was overlooked in the nominations announced on Wednesday evening. The album, which was relea ...

  24. A Letter From The Editor

    December 01, 2011 8:59 PM EST It was only a matter of time before two iconic music brands like the Grammys and Billboard got together. OK, so in this case, that time ended up being 52 years. (The Grammys were first awarded in 1959 when Billboard magazine was a practically nubi ...

  25. More Than Just An Award Ceremony

    December 01, 2011 2:50 PM EST A List of Grammy week Events, celebrations, reunions, Performances & MOre WEDNESDAY Feb. 8 Grammy Camp - Basic Training University of Southern California 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. The Grammy Foundation Los Angeles-area high school students receive savvy ...

  26. At The Grammy Ballot Box

    December 01, 2011 1:10 PM EST Voters And The Voting Process The Recording Academy -- established in 1957 -- has a voting membership process that has been honed over the years. The first award ceremony was held May 4, 1959, and to date, an estimated 12,000 industry personnel ac ...

  27. Getting Ready For 'Music's Biggest Night'

    December 01, 2011 12:42 PM EST An introduction To The 54th Annual Grammy Awards Grammy Award nominations announcement and the Feb. 12 ceremony are both obvious and intriguing. Will Adele, with six nominations and a major contender for three of the top awards, have recovered fro ...

  28. Grammy Snubs (Beyonce), Surprises (Bon Iver), More (Skrillex!)

    December 01, 2011 7:21 AM EST On a night when the Recording Academy recognized the genius of Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five's "The Message," a pendulum coincidentally swung that may have brought a sea change in the Grammys. Rap is home to the old guard; ...

  29. Small But Mighty

    December 01, 2011 4:20 AM EST The Top Independent Artist Nominees 4 Nominations Bon Iver Nominations: record of the year ("Holocene"), song of the year ("Holocene"), best new artist, best alternative music album (Bon Iver) Jagjaguwar In perhaps the most sur ...

  30. Rihanna, Band Perry & Usher Added to Grammy Concert

    November 16, 2011 2:00 PM EST The star power keeps on growing for the Grammy Nominations Concert Live with the announcement Wednesday (Nov. 16) that Rihanna , The Band Perry and Usher will all be performing. Previously announced acts include Lady Gaga , Sugarland , Ludacris , ...

  31. Lady Gaga, Jason Aldean to Perform at 'Grammy Nominations Concert Live'

    October 25, 2011 11:48 AM EDT Lady Gaga and Jason Aldean are the first performers announced for the "Grammy Nominations Concert Live" TV special, which takes place live on Wednesday, November 30, from 10-11 p.m. ET/PT at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live. LL Cool J will ag ...

  32. Backbeat: Melanie Fiona Launches First Grammys @ Canada House Showcase In L.A.

    August 26, 2011 5:45 PM EDT Branden Chapman, the Recording Academy's executive in charge of production/chief business officer, and Consul General of Canada David Fransen (L-R) flank Melanie Fiona following her performance. Melanie Fiona launched the first Grammys @ Cana ...

  33. Neil Portnow on Latin Jazz Grammy Elimination: 'You Can't Make Everybody Happy...'

    August 04, 2011 7:44 AM EDT National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) President/CEO Neil Portnow expressed his disappointment with a lawsuit filed by four Latin jazz artists this week demanding the reinstatement of their grenre as a distinct Grammy Award catego ...

  34. Latin Jazz Musicians File Lawsuit Against NARAS Over Category Elimination

    August 02, 2011 10:04 PM EDT Four Latin jazz musicians filed a lawsuit in New York on Aug. 2 against the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) indicating that they want the Latin jazz category reinstated after it was eliminated in April . The eliminated cate ...

  35. Musician Coalition Calls For Boycott of CBS Over Grammys Category Cutting

    June 30, 2011 4:35 PM EDT NEW YORK (AP) - A coalition of musicians that has protested the Recording Academy's decision to drop 31 categories from the Grammy Awards is stepping up the pressure, calling for a boycott of the Grammys' telecast partner, CBS, and hirin ...

  36. Grammy Awards, CBS Announce 10-Year Deal

    June 21, 2011 11:52 AM EDT The Grammy Awards will remain on CBS for the next 10 years as the Recording Academy and the network extended their contract through 2021, the Academy announced on Tuesday. CBS has broadcast the Grammy Awards since 1973. Next year's 54th annua ...

  37. Musician Coalition Battles Grammys' Category Cuts

    May 26, 2011 3:52 PM EDT A coalition of musicians is demanding the Recording Academy restore more than 30 categories cut from the Grammy Awards, alleging the reductions unfairly target ethnic music and were done without the input of its thousands of members. A protest was ...

  38. Recap: Grammy Press Conference About Category Restructuring

    April 06, 2011 7:43 PM EDT The Recording Academy took to the Internet on Wednesday afternoon to explain its decision to reduce the number of categories to 78 for the 54th annual Grammy Awards. The producer Jimmy Jam traced the decision back to the end of the 50th anniversar ...

  39. Exclusive: Neil Portnow Discusses Grammys' Award Consolidation

    April 06, 2011 12:20 PM EDT In the broadest reorganization of the Grammy Awards' 53-year history, the Recording Academy has consolidated dozens of awards categories, altered eligibility requirements and rewritten the rule on how members may vote. The impact will be imme ...

  40. Grammy Critic Steve Stoute, Grammy Chief Neil Portnow Issue Joint Statement Pledging To Help Awards 'Evolve'

    March 03, 2011 5:43 PM EST Nearly two weeks after longtime marketing and music executive Steve Stoute took out a full-page ad in the New York Times criticizing the Grammy Awards for a "show [that] has become a series of hypocrisies and contradictions," he and Neil ...

  41. Music Industry Responds to Steve Stoute's NYT Ad Critical of Grammys

    February 23, 2011 7:28 AM EST Steve Stoute's open letter attacking the Grammy Awards took five days for him to write but had music industry pundits debating within hours of its publication -- and even several days later. Here, a few reactions to his New York Times missive ...

  42. Grammys, NARAS Slammed By Marketing Exec Steve Stoute In Open Letter

    February 20, 2011 6:33 PM EST Longtime marketing/music exec and hip-hop insider Steve Stoute slammed the Grammys in a full page advertisement appearing in the Styles section of Sunday's New York Times. In it, he criticizes the Grammys, the show's parent organization ...

  43. Mumford & Sons, Justin Bieber Get Big Chart Bump From Grammy Appearances

    February 16, 2011 5:44 PM EST CBS' broadcast of the 53rd Grammy Awards shines bright on the Billboard sales charts this week, as a bevy of acts earn gains thanks to the show. Impressive, considering Nielsen SoundScan's tracking week ended at the close of business on ...

  44. Arcade Fire's Label Publicist Christina Rentz's Grammy Diary: Winning the Big One, Giggling at Barry Manilow

    February 16, 2011 11:59 AM EST Merge Records' Christina Rentz, driving, and Jamie Beck, foreground, in their red Mustang convertible with noticeable post-Grammy victory glows. (Photo: valet at the Petit Hermitage Hotel, L.A.) What do you do when your band wins an Album of ...

  45. Overcoming Red Carpet Fears: Vampire Weekend's Publicist Sonya Kolowrat's Grammy Diary

    February 15, 2011 5:00 PM EST The 2011 Grammy Red Carpet: For some Grammy goers, the rouge rug presents the award ceremony's biggest challege. (Photo: Sonya Kolowrat) As a result of Vampire Weekend's album "Contra" (XL Recordings/Beggars) receiving a Grammy ...

  46. 'Who The Hell Is That?' Will Sheff Of Okkervil River's Grammy Diary

    February 15, 2011 12:43 PM EST Will Sheff, foreground, with his band Okkervil River (Photo: Alexandra Valenti) Much to his surprise, Will Sheff of the independent rock band Okkervil River was nominated for a Grammy for his liner notes to the Roky Erickson album "True Love ...

  47. Grammys Confirm Rise of Indies, Despite 11% of All Music Sales

    February 15, 2011 8:01 AM EST Independent labels are reveling in their success after grabbing the spotlight and many of the biggest awards at the Grammys. It marked one of the biggest nights in years for indies, setting the stage for a surge in their online music sales. Meanwh ...

  48. Videogame Composer Christopher Tin Talks Historic Grammy Win

    February 14, 2011 6:31 PM EST Among the big surprises and performances of last night's Grammy Awards is the historic win of composer Christopher Tin, who took home a Grammy for Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalists for the song "Baba Yetu." The tr ...

  49. Grammy Sales Spike: Who Will Get It This Year? Arcade Fire? Cee-Lo? Mumford & Sons?

    February 14, 2011 4:17 PM EST While retailers are happy that last night's highly rated Grammy Awards broadcast should fuel sales and agree at least that some of those artists will be beneficiaries of the show's broadcast, they say it is unlikely the show will produce ...

  50. #Grammys: Our Favorite Tweets Of The Night

    February 14, 2011 12:09 AM EST As a longtime Grammy veteran, it's hard to say which currently popular activity distracts you from the show you're ostensibly reporting about more: live-blogging or trying to follow the Twitter barrage, even a not-that-big one. This year ...

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