Grammy Legend Award

  1. Frank Sinatra Enterprises, Jack Daniel's Team For 'Sinatra Select' Whiskey

    December 12, 2012 4:00 PM EST On what would have been Frank Sinatra's 97th birthday, Jack Daniel's Tennessee Whiskey and Frank Sinatra Enterprises unveiled the first "Sinatra Experience," an interactive tasting and listening experience at Las Vegas' Mc ...

  2. Neil Portnow Honored By Clive Davis, Randy Philips, Martin Bandier, Kevin Lyman, Others

    December 10, 2012 9:10 AM EST The following video interview with Neil Portnow, CEO and president of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, is from the latest edition of Billboard magazine. In addition to a special feature package on Portnow, who is celebrating ...

  3. Streisand Becomes Only Act to Score Multiple Top 10 Albums Six Decades Straight

    October 19, 2012 1:51 PM EDT Barbra Streisand becomes the first act to take multiple new albums into the Billboard 200's top 10 in every decade since the '60s. Her latest set, the archival package Release Me, debuts at No. 7 with 44,000 copies sold, according to N ...

  4. Barbra Streisand Sets Historic Billboard 200 Chart Records

    October 18, 2012 1:17 PM EDT Singer Nets 32nd Top 10 Album, Becomes Only Act to Score Multiple New Top 10 Albums In Each of The Last Six Decades Barbra Streisand's Release Me (above) is her 32nd top ten album. This week, Barbra Streisand becomes the first act to take mul ...

  5. Neil Diamond to Be Honored as 'Legend of Live' at 2012 Billboard Touring Awards

    October 16, 2012 8:00 AM EDT Billboard announced today that legendary singer/songwriter Neil Diamond will receive its prestigious Legend of Live Award at the 2012 Billboard Touring Awards on Nov. 8 at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York. Additionally, Harlem's legendary Apol ...

  6. Morning Fix: Microsoft's Xbox Music; AEG's Seats With Friends; XL's Adele Profits

    October 15, 2012 8:21 AM EDT Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's free music-business newsletters MICROSOFT PRESSES PLAY ON NEW XBOX MUSIC SERVICE: Microsoft Corp. is taking the wraps off of its rebranded digital music service, now called Xbox Music, that promises an al ...

  7. The Piano Man Plays For UMPG

    August 30, 2012 1:25 PM EDT Billy Joel signs new publishing deal, seeking greater use of his classic songs in ads, movies and on TV. Universal Music Publishing Group and its subsidiary Rondor Music International landed a big one, signing Billy Joel to an exclusive worldwide ...

  8. Willie Nelson on Leaving Nashville, Outlaw Movement, Highwaymen Reunion, Weed at Billboard Summit (Part 2)

    June 06, 2012 9:12 AM EDT When Willie Nelson left Nashville for Austin in 1972, he wasn't exactly sure what direction the move would take him. What he did know was that he was dissatisfied with the music he was making in Nashville, and he was spending a lot of time in ...

  9. Bee Gees' Album Sales Jump by 339%, Song Downloads by 379%

    May 30, 2012 5:30 PM EDT Following the death of Bee Gees member Robin Gibb on May 20, his band's catalog of albums and songs saw great sales gains in the week ending May 27. According to Nielsen SoundScan, the group sold 27,000 albums this past week -- up 339% from 6 ...

  10. Emeli Sande Squeaks Past Joe Bonamassa to Top U.K. Albums Chart

    May 28, 2012 12:57 PM EDT In a nailbiting finish, Scottish singer-songwriter Emeli Sandé kept bluesman Joe Bonamassa from a notable first U.K. No. 1 album, as the Official Charts Company's new sales data was unveiled yesterday (Sunday). "We Are Young" (Fuele ...

  11. Wiz Khalifa, Robin Thicke On Robin Gibb, 'Duets,' and Wedding Plans

    May 21, 2012 11:30 AM EDT Robin Thicke: On Robin Gibb's death: My family has been friends with the Gibbs for many years. Robin's death is obviously a tragedy. The other day I did "Staying Alive" as one of my duets songs; My first single I released as an ...

  12. Robin Gibb Q&A as President of CISAC

    May 21, 2012 11:06 AM EDT Ed. Note: Since Robin Gibb's death May 20, members of CISAC have released statements in tribute to the fallen singer; French painter and CISAC Vice-President Hervé Di Rosa said, "The spirit of Robin Gibb's commitment and passion tow ...

  13. Bee Gees Rank Third for Most Hot 100 No. 1s in History

    May 21, 2012 9:05 AM EDT As part of the Bee Gees, the late Robin Gibb's impression on the Billboard Hot 100 will be felt forever. The trio racked up nine Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 singles -- more than any other group in history save for the Beatles (with 20) and the Su ...

  14. Bee Gee Robin Gibb Mourned and Hailed in Britain

    May 21, 2012 8:54 AM EDT LONDON (AP) -- One day after he succumbed to cancer, Bee Gee Robin Gibb was hailed in his native Britain Monday as a master musician whose interests went far beyond the recording studio. The distinctive singer, who wrote and arranged numerous hits ...

  15. Aretha Franklin Signs With ICM

    April 02, 2012 5:07 PM EDT Legendary soul singer Aretha Franklin has signed with International Creative Management (ICM) in all areas. She was previously with William Morris Endeavor . The Queen of Soul, an 18-time Grammy winner, has had 20 No. 1 hits on Billboard's R& ...

  16. Aretha Franklin Celebrates 70th Birthday, Re-Signs With Clive Davis

    March 26, 2012 8:05 AM EDT Aretha Franklin has a lot more than her 70th birthday to celebrate: She's reuniting with one of her musical mentors, Clive Davis, for a new album. In an interview at her swanky birthday party on Saturday, Franklin said she and Davis, who help ...

  17. Barbra Streisand Re-Signs With Columbia Records, Will Celebrate 50 Years

    February 22, 2012 3:45 PM EST Barbra Streisand will remain on Columbia Records, the Sony Music-owned label has announced today. The Grammy- and Oscar-winning singer and actress has been with the label for 50 years, having originally signed in the early 1960s. She released her ...

  18. Frank Sinatra 'Best of the Best' Set Finds Capitol, Reprise Teaming Up for the First Time

    November 14, 2011 8:35 AM EST After decades of keeping Frank Sinatra's recordings era-specific, Reprise and Capitol Records are joining forces for the first time with Tuesday's release of "Sinatra: Best of the Best." The 23-track album opens with 1953' ...

  19. Marshall Grant, Longtime Johnny Cash Bandmember, Dead at 83

    August 08, 2011 4:32 PM EDT Marshall Grant, a longtime member of Johnny Cash's original backing band, The Tennessee Two, died in Arkansas after falling ill after rehearsing for a concert to raise funds for the restoration of Cash's boyhood home. He was 83. Memorial ...

  20. Barbra Streisand in 'Heated' Talks for Columbia Records Deal Renewal

    July 13, 2011 11:26 PM EDT Every Columbia Records employee knows about the "five Bs": Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, Tony Bennett and Barbra Streisand. Keeping this mega-selling group happy has long been a top priority at the venerable Sony Music label, ...

  21. Elton John Forms New Company: Rocket Music Entertainment Group

    June 30, 2011 4:28 PM EDT Elton John , who recently left Twenty-First Artists, the management company he co-founded in 1999, has formed a new music company called the Rocket Music Entertainment Group. The company "is set up to be an all-encompassing music company with ...

  22. Willie Nelson to Pay $500 Fine For Marijuana Possession

    June 09, 2011 6:45 AM EDT SAN ANTONIO - When Willie Nelson is on the road again, he will be traveling without a Texas drug charge hanging over his head. A West Texas prosecutor said on Wednesday that the legendary singer and songwriter has pleaded no contest to a misdemean ...

  23. Ed Glinert, Founder of Canada's Casablanca Media Publishing, Dead at 63

    May 25, 2011 12:01 PM EDT Ed Glinert, founder of Toronto-based Casablanca Media Publishing and a 40-year veteran of the Canadian music business, died suddenly May 21 after suffering a stroke. He was 63. "Unfortunately the extent of the damage from his stroke was too s ...

  24. Recording Academy President Neil Portnow Talks Grammys' 'In Memorium' Omissions, Aretha Franklin Tribute

    February 14, 2011 3:57 PM EST In a press conference after last night's Grammy Awards, Recording Academy President Neil Portnow answered reporters' questions. Below is an edited transcript of his comments. Q: Why were Gang Starr's Guru and others omitted from the ...

  25. Prince, Tony Bennett, Stevie Wonder Represent For Barbra Streisand, 2011 MusiCares Honoree

    February 12, 2011 5:49 PM EST Last night at the Los Angeles Convention Center, in a room full of roses, hydrangeas and candles in glass vases, legend after recording artist legend stepped onstage to pay tribute to Barbra Streisand, one of the greatest singers of all time. Barb ...

  26. Aretha Franklin Begs Halle Berry to Reconsider Biopic Role

    January 26, 2011 2:50 PM EST Areth Franklin Halle Berry has said she couldn't play Aretha Franklin in a biopic about her life because she can't "carry a tune." Not a problem for Franklin, who has said she wants the Oscar winner to portray her. "Many a ...

  27. Aretha Franklin Says Her Health Is 'Superb'

    January 12, 2011 12:00 AM EST A month after surgery in Detroit for an undisclosed ailment, Aretha Franklin says her health is "superb." Franklin called in to Wednesday's installment of "The Wendy Williams Show," telling the host she was relaxing at a c ...

  28. Aretha Franklin: Health Problem 'Has Been Resolved'

    January 06, 2011 12:00 AM EST Aretha Franklin has granted another brief interview about her unspecified illness that required surgery last month, telling JET magazine that the health problem, while still undisclosed, "has been resolved." "I am not one to do a lo ...

  29. Barbra Streisand Eyeing Mama Rose Role in New 'Gypsy' Adaptation

    January 05, 2011 12:00 AM EST Barbra Streisand is in talks to star in "Gypsy," a new film adaptation of the 1959 Broadway play. The project is set up at Warner Bros., which made the 1962 adaptation that starred Rosalind Russell and Natalie Wood, and is in the early s ...

  30. Aretha Franklin: 'I Feel Great'

    December 17, 2010 12:00 AM EST Soul legend Aretha Franklin says she feels "great" and is "piddling around the house" as she follows doctors orders to rest at home after surgery two weeks ago. "I feel great," Franklin told JET magazine in her first ...

  31. Aretha Franklin Goes Home for the Holidays

    December 15, 2010 12:00 AM EST Aretha Franklin is home from the hospital - and she's already making plans for the holidays. In a statement released Wednesday, the Queen of Soul said she's been home for three days and her family and friends are taking great care of her ...

  32. Billy Joel Mending After Hip Replacements

    November 25, 2010 12:00 AM EST Billy Joel is recovering from double hip-replacement surgery. Joel spokeswoman Claire Mercuri told People magazine Wednesday that the 61-year-old pop star had both hips replaced last week to correct a congenital condition. She said Joel is "d ...

  33. Aretha Franklin Cancels All Shows For Six months

    November 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Aretha Franklin has canceled all of her appearances until next spring on the orders of doctors. Franklin, 68, the "Queen of Soul" who famously sang at President Barack Obama's inauguration in 2009, pulled out of all concert and pers ...

  34. Stars Salute Tom Jones In London

    November 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Kelly Jones of rock act Stereophonics and Cerys Matthews sang for fellow Welsh artist Tom Jones as the veteran singer was honored with the Music Industry Trusts' Award - the MITs - in London. Jones - or Sir Tom Jones to use his formal title, ...

  35. Aretha Franklin Hopes For Quick Recovery After Injury

    August 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Aretha Franklin hopes to make a quick and full recovery after falling at her home earlier this week and breaking her ribs, forcing her to cancel two concerts. Her spokesman said Franklin, 68, had fallen and sustained minor injuries. "She has ...

  36. Barbra Streisand Named 2011 MusiCares Person Of The Year

    August 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Barbra Streisand will be honored as the 2011 MusiCares Person of the Year. The Recording Academy and the MusiCares Foundation said Wednesday (Aug. 4) that Streisand will receive the award Feb. 11 at a dinner and concert in Los Angeles. The annual ...

  37. Aretha Franklin Cancels Brooklyn Shows After Fall

    August 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Aretha Franklin says she's recovering from a fall and will miss two free concerts in New York. Franklin's office says the Queen of Soul broke ribs and has abdominal pain from Sunday's fall. Franklin says her doctors advised her to u ...

  38. Food Poisoning Postpones Elton John's Ariz Concert

    July 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A bout of food poisoning has caused the postponement of Elton John's scheduled concert at Tucson Arena. The Arizona Daily Star reports that Wednesday night's (July 21) show was nearly sold out with about 8,800 tickets purchased. Organize ...

  39. Tom Jones To Receive Music Industry Trusts' Award

    June 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Sir Tom Jones is to receive the prestigious Music Industry Trusts' award for 2010. Awarded by the U.K. music business in recognition of a lifetime contribution to music, the honor will be presented to Jones Nov. 1 at London's Grosvenor H ...

  40. Jackson, Brown Among Apollo's Walk of Fame In N.Y.

    May 11, 2010 12:00 AM EDT New York's Apollo Theater took on a touch of Hollywood when it began installing its own Walk of Fame with plaques that will honor entertainers including late singers James Brown and Michael Jackson . The famed Harlem auditorium has long been ...

  41. @SXSW: Smokey Robinson Delivers Keynote

    March 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Motown legend Smokey Robinson delivered the keynote address on Thursday (March 18) for this year's South By Southwest Music + Media Conference, entertaining a bleary-eyed crowd of attendees with stories about meeting Berry Gordy, starting Mot ...

  42. Andrew Lloyd Webber 'Interested' In Abbey Road

    February 19, 2010 12:00 AM EST U.K. composer Andrew Lloyd Webber is "very interested" in buying the Abbey Road studios, which EMI is reportedly looking to sell. Lord Lloyd Webber's spokesman confirmed the composer's interest in taking ownership of the histor ...

  43. Stars Remake 'We Are The World' For Haiti Victims

    February 02, 2010 12:00 AM EST Star-struck singers, rappers and actors, including Barbra Streisand, Kanye West and Miley Cyrus, checked their egos at the door to record a new version of "We Are The World" for Haiti earthquake victims, 25 years after the song raised aw ...

  44. Records: Jackson's Funeral Cost Nearly $1 Million

    November 11, 2009 12:00 AM EST Michael Jackson's private family funeral was fit for a king and had a price tag to match: roughly $1 million, according to court documents just released. Although Jackson died in June and had a large public tribute at the Staples Center in Lo ...

  45. Elton John Recovering From E-Coli

    November 02, 2009 12:00 AM EST Sir Elton John is recovering in hospital from a serious case of e-coli bacterial infection and influenza that forced him to cancel a string of concerts, but he hopes to return to the stage soon, a spokesman said today (Nov. 2). John, 62, postponed ...

  46. Mariah Carey, Paramore In Race For No. 1

    September 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Next week's Billboard 200 albums chart is going to be flush with new releases, including a race for No. 1 between Mariah Carey's new "Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel" and Paramore's third album "Brand New Eyes." Ba ...

  47. UMGI Acquires Sinatra's Reprise Catalog, Ex-US

    August 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group has acquired international catalog rights, outside North America, to the Reprise label recordings of Frank Sinatra. A total of 38 albums, plus a number of proposed new releases, are covered by the new, long-term agreement bet ...

  48. R&B/Hip-Hop Briefs: George Clinton, Lionel Richie

    July 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -Funkmaster George Clinton has been named 2009’s BMI Icon honoree. The award will be presented at the organization’s upcoming annual Urban Awards on Sept. 10 in New York at Jazz at Lincoln Center. Clinton joins such previous BMI Icon honorees as T ...

  49. Macmillan Orders 85k Reprint Of Jackson Biography

    June 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Macmillan is rushing through a reprint of 85,000 copies of J Randy Taraborrelli's "Michael Jackson: The Magic and the Madness" in anticipation of a surge in demand for Jackson products following the pop star's death last week. ...

  50. Michael Jackson Saluted At ASCAP Awards

    June 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Tributes continued to pour in for Michael Jackson during the weekend following his death June 25. Before officially launching the 22nd annual ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Awards (June 26, Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles), president/chairman Paul Wi ...

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