Neil Portnow

  1. Recording Academy President to be Honored at UJA-Federation's Music Visionary of the Year

    April 14, 2014 9:17 AM EDT It was announced that Neil Portnow, president of the Recording Academy, will be named Music Visionary of the Year at the UJA-Federation luncheon on June 25 at the Pierre in Manhattan. The Music Visionary award luncheon is held by the Entertainment ...

  2. Bette Midler Disparages Pandora, Spotify Over Artist Compensation (Updated)

    April 06, 2014 8:21 AM EDT (*This story has been updated with a response from Pandora followig its original publication.) Add Bette Midler to the growing list of musicians publicly expressing their displeasure with the amounts Pandora, Spotify and other digital radio and ...

  3. Lady Antebellum, Kevin McCarthy, Nancy Pelosi To Be Honored at 2014 Grammys on the Hill Awards

    March 07, 2014 7:00 AM EST Country music trio Lady Antebellum will be honored with the Recording Artists' Coalition Award during the Recording Academy's 2014 Grammys on the Hill Awards, to be held April 2 at the Hamilton Live in Washington, D.C. House of Represent ...

  4. Recapping Clive Davis' Pre-Grammy Gala (Video)

    January 26, 2014 8:25 PM EST Above is an abridged tour around Clive Davis' Pre-Grammy Party, including performances from Pharrell, Lorde, Miley Cyrus, Lionel Richie, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and John Fogerty, as well as appearances from Neil Portnow, Russell Simmons a ...

  5. Lucian Grainge Receives Icon Award at Clive Davis' Pre-Grammy Gala As Music Industry Looks On

    January 26, 2014 11:03 AM EST Beginning with the Imagine Dragons and ending with a performance by Whitney Houston , the Beverly Hilton ballroom rocked for over three hours (lights out at 12:46 am) during last evening's Pre-Grammy Gala and Salute to Industry Icons. And bet ...

  6. Grammy Week: YouTube's Robert Kyncl Faces Tough Crowd of Lawyers

    January 24, 2014 6:07 PM EST The music industry's top lawyers laid aside their copyright swords the Friday before the Grammy Awards to host a keynote from YouTube's Head of Content, Robert Kyncl (recently put at No. 45 on our Power 100 ). Kyncl acknowledged the some ...

  7. Maria Pallante, Head of US Copyright Office, To Meet With Music Creators: Exclusive

    December 18, 2013 8:00 AM EST The Recording Academy is convening leadership roundtables between music creators and U.S. Copyright Office register of copyrights and director Maria Pallante. The initiative ties in with Pallante's stated goal of hearing from the various stak ...

  8. The Beatles to Get CBS Grammy Special

    November 14, 2013 1:22 PM EST The Beatles are getting a two-hour special on CBS. "The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute to the Beatles," which celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Fab Four's U.S. debut performance on "The Ed Sullivan Show" ...

  9. Backbeat: Grammy Museum Honors Berry Gordy, Smokey Robinson

    November 13, 2013 2:01 PM EST Motown legends Berry Gordy and Smokey Robinson were the inaugural honorees of the Grammy Museum’s first annual Architects of Sound Awards gala (Nov. 11). Held at the museum and Club Nokia at the L.A. Live complex, the dinner/concert event raised ...

  10. Backbeat: City Of Hope Honors CAA’s Rob Light

    September 20, 2013 11:24 AM EDT “A giant cocktail party.” That’s how some folks described the City of Hope’s Spirit of Life Gala honoring Creative Artists Agency’s head of music and managing partner Rob Light. (L-R) TV personality Randy Jackson, attorney Lee Phillips, and musi ...

  11. Recording Academy's Neil Portnow Extends Contract Through 2019 (Exclusive)

    September 16, 2013 8:00 AM EDT Recording Academy president/CEO Neil Portnow has been contracted to remain in his post through 2019. The Academy’s Board of Trustees voted unanimously to extend Portnow’s contract, which was set to expire in 2015.   "Neil is a dynamic leade ...

  12. Morning Fix: P!nk Named Billboard's 2013 Woman of the Year; Rdio Partners With Cumulus Media; Maroon 5 Sign to Kobalt

    September 16, 2013 5:45 AM EDT Get the Morning Fix Delivered To Your Inbox HERE P!NK NAMED BILLBOARD'S 2013 WOMAN OF THE YEAR P!nk has been named Billboard's Woman of the Year and will be honored at the 2013 Billboard Women in Music event on Dec. 10 in New York City ...

  13. Rep. Mel Watt To Introduce Broadcast Radio Performance Rights Bill To Compensate Labels, Artists For Airplay

    July 26, 2013 2:39 PM EDT Rep. Mel Watt plans to introduce legislation that will establish a performance right that would compensate record labels and artists for airplay on broadcast radio. Watt made the announcement on Thursday during the latest hearing on copyright is ...

  14. Business Matters: SoundExchange, The Recording Academy, Pandora Step Up Artist Outreach

    May 17, 2013 1:15 PM EDT SoundExchange and the Recording Academy have emailed their members in response to an artist outreach campaign by Internet radio company Pandora. All parties are jockeying for position ahead of a second attempt at legislation -- last year it was ...

  15. Recording Academy, Grammy Foundation Create First Music Educator Award

    April 05, 2013 8:05 AM EDT When Recording Academy president/CEO Neil Portnow was about 7 years old, he saw an Elvis Presley performance on “The Ed Sullivan Show” that changed his life. “It kind of blew my mind,” Portnow recalls. “The day after, I told my mom and dad that ...

  16. Anoushka Shankar, The Temptations, Chess Records, More Celebrated at Grammy Special Merit Awards

    February 10, 2013 2:02 PM EST Neil Portnow thinks Bono summed it up best. Speaking with Billboard shortly before the Special Merit Awards on Saturday, the Recording Academy President/CEO recalled the time U2’s humanitarian frontman was on-hand as a presenter and described the ...

  17. Backbeat: Ed Sheeran, Emmylou Harris, Lupe Fiasco Rock the Grammy’s Music Preservation Project

    February 08, 2013 5:18 PM EST Above, L-R: Rodney Crowell, President/CEO of The Recording Academy Neil Portnow, and musician Emmylou Harris arrive at the Music Preservation Project 'Play It Forward' on February 7, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Ko ...

  18. Ravi Shankar, Carole King, Temptations, Patti Page, More to Receive Lifetime Achievement Grammys

    December 12, 2012 8:26 AM EST On the morning after his death, the Recording Academy announced that Ravi Shankar and six others -- Glenn Gould, Charlie Haden, Lightnin' Hopkins, Carole King, Patti Page and the Temptations -- will receive Lifetime Achievement Awards. In a s ...

  19. Video: Neil Portnow's Decade: Ten Years of Grammy Leadership

    December 10, 2012 1:00 PM 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, this issue features ...

  20. 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 ...

  21. Backbeat: Grammy Nominations Pre-Concert Reception With Scott Borchetta, LL Cool J, Taylor Swift

    December 06, 2012 4:23 PM EST From left: Crissy Haslam, Governor of Tennessee Bill Haslam, Recording Academy President Neil Portnow, Big Machine Records' Scott Borchetta and Sandy Borchetta at the Grammy Nominations Concert Live pre-show reception at Nashville's Brid ...

  22. Backbeat: Neil Portnow Asks Guild of Music Supervisors To Give 'Credit Where Credit Is Due' at Pre-Emmys Party

    September 13, 2012 12:13 PM EDT Among those gathered to honor the music supervisors who work in television at the London West Hollywood on Sept. 11 were (from left) Disney Channel's Steven Vincent, Neophonic's Janet Lopez, music supervisor Robin Urdang, Recording Acade ...

  23. Recording Academy Launches Digital Liner Notes Campaign

    August 24, 2012 7:45 AM EDT NEW YORK (AP) -- As liner notes get scarce in the digital age, the Recording Academy wants fans to still be able to find out who the people are behind their favorite hit. So the Academy announced Thursday that it will launch the "Give Fans th ...

  24. Grammy's Nominations Concert Heading to Nashville

    August 21, 2012 8:45 AM EDT NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- This year's Grammy Awards nominations will come with a Southern accent. The Recording Academy is moving its annual live nominations concert special to Music City. The show will air Dec. 5 live on CBS from Bridgestone ...

  25. Bruce Springsteen Named 2013 MusiCares Person of the Year

    June 28, 2012 2:47 PM EDT Twenty-time Grammy award winner Bruce Springsteen will be honored as the 2013 MusiCares Person of the Year on Friday, Feb. 8, 2013, Neil Portnow, president and CEO of the MusiCares Foundation and The Recording Academy, and Scott Pascucci, chair of ...

  26. Backbeat: Katy Perry Premieres New Film, Performs For Neil Portnow, Randy Phillips, Epic and ASCAP Execs

    June 27, 2012 1:25 PM EDT Carly Rae Jepsen joins Katy Perry on the pink carpet. (Photo: Joseph Llanes) Katy Perry modified her concert presentation Tuesday on Hollywood Boulevard at the premiere of her Paramount film "Katy Perry: Part of Me," busting out of a pop ...

  27. Frances Preston Remembered by Dolly Parton, Linda Moran, Lamont Dozier, International Publishing Execs, More

    June 13, 2012 3:03 PM EDT Frances Preston in her role as then-vice president of BMI. (Photo: Billboard Archives) The music community was saddened today by news of the passing of Frances Williams Preston, longtime head of BMI and one of the pioneering female executives in t ...

  28. Grammys Restore Best Latin Jazz Album Award

    June 08, 2012 7:41 AM EDT NEW YORK (AP) -- A year after the Grammy Awards cut 31 categories, sparking protests and a lawsuit by Latin jazz musicians, the music organization has made more changes by adding three awards, including the reinstatement of best Latin jazz album. ...

  29. NAB, Recording Academy Weigh In on Clear Channel-Big Machine Royalty Deal

    June 05, 2012 5:16 PM EDT The National Association of Broadcasters -- the radio stations' trade association - and the Recording Academy have weighed in on Clear Channel's agreement to pay sound recording performance royalties to the Big Machine Label Group, which ...

  30. First-Ever Grammy Awards Documentary Premiering June 11, Exec Producer Ken Ehrlich Gives Details

    May 31, 2012 9:16 PM EDT A behind-the-scenes film on this year's 54th annual Grammy Awards will receive its world premiere June 11 at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in North Hollywood, Calif., with Dave Grohl, LL Cool J and Recording Academy president/ ...

  31. Tributes For Donna Summer: Questlove, Nile Rodgers, Sheila E., George Clinton, More React

    May 17, 2012 1:00 PM EDT Donna Summer died this morning after a battle with cancer at the age of 63. Her fantastic success as the 'Queen of Disco' saw her hit the Billboard Hot 100 32 times, including 14 No. 1 hits. Tributes have been coming in from the music co ...

  32. More Adam 'MCA' Yauch Tributes: CeeLo Green, Roger Faxon, Chris Lighty, Michael Stipe, More

    May 04, 2012 3:08 PM EDT More artists, executives, and celebrities have taken to social media to express sadness or pay tribute to Adam "MCA" Yauch of the Beastie Boys, who died today at the age of 47 . We've compiled some below, and more can be found here ...

  33. Grammy Award Lawsuit Dismissed by New York Supreme Court

    April 30, 2012 11:02 AM EDT NEW YORK (AP) - A lawsuit filed against the Recording Academy over its decision to trim the Grammy Award categories from 109 to 78 has been dismissed. Grammy Awards Protest Planned By Musicians During Sunday's Show The ruling last week by New ...

  34. Grammys on the Hill Honor John Mayer, Rep. Howard Berman; Rep. Jerrold Nadler Talks Performance Rights

    April 26, 2012 1:44 PM EDT (L-R): SESAC president Pat Collins, honoree John Mayer, Recording Academy president/CEO Neil Portnow, honoree Rep. Howard Berman, and Recording Academy chief advocacy officer Daryl Friedman. (Photo Courtesy of The Recording Academy(r)/Wireimage.co ...

  35. Levon Helm Dies at 71

    April 19, 2012 3:24 PM EDT Getty Levon Helm, a drummer, actor and the last surviving voice of The Band, whose Southern tenor was heard on the group's classic songs "Up on Cripple Creek" and "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down," died Thursday aftern ...

  36. Ryan Seacrest, LA Reid, Russell Simmons, More Pay Tribute to Dick Clark

    April 18, 2012 5:45 PM EDT Within minutes of news breaking of Dick Clark's passing, the music business began expressing their grieif and admiration for the man who helped invent the business they work in. From Epic Records Chairman/CEO Antonio "LA" Reid, Mado ...

  37. Backbeat: Dionne Warwick Celebrates 50-Year Career At Grammy Museum With Clive Davis, Neil Portnow, More

    March 28, 2012 2:17 PM EDT Dionne Warwick shares a laugh with Clive Davis onstage at the Clive Davis Theater inside the Grammy Museum. Save for a reference during a brief remark from Davis about legendary singers and a clip showing Whitney Houston singing "That's ...

  38. Recording Academy To Present 'Grammys On The Hill' Awards To John Mayer, Howard Berman

    March 19, 2012 8:27 AM EDT John Mayer 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 We ...

  39. Grammys Embrace of Chris Brown Draws Criticism

    February 14, 2012 7:58 AM EST Chris Brown accepting an award at the 2012 Grammys .(Getty Images) NEW YORK (AP) - The Grammy Awards' warm embrace of Chris Brown three years after his assault of Rihanna has drawn the ire of viewers who claim the controversial R&B star s ...

  40. Grammy Prayer for Whitney Houston Was LL Cool J's Idea, Portnow Says

    February 13, 2012 11:14 AM EST Grammy host LL Cool J's decision to open the 2012 awards with a prayer for Whitney Houston wasn't scripted -- but it wasn't entirely spontaneous either. Speaking with press after the show, Recording Academy president Neil Portnow to ...

  41. Video: Jennifer Hudson Pays Tribute to Whitney Houston at Grammys

    February 12, 2012 11:30 PM EST "For me, the only thing that feels right begins with a prayer -- for a woman who we loved. For our fallen sister, Whitney Houston," LL Cool J said of the late legend. The host opened the 54th Annual Grammy Awards with a prayer for Housto ...

  42. 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 ...

  43. 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 ...

  44. Updated: Whitney Houston Tributes From Artists, Executives, Including Beyonce, Berry Gordy, Quincy Jones, Aretha Franklin, Dozens More

    February 12, 2012 2:47 PM EST As news of Whitney Houston's death rapidly spread around the globe, Twitter, the Internet and our inboxes filled with tributes, and Billboard.biz has spoken with dozens of people at many pre-Grammy events. Any attempt at a definitive list of ...

  45. Photos: Clive Davis, Alicia Keys, Diddy Pay Tribute to Whitney Houston at Pre-Grammy Gala

    February 12, 2012 10:11 AM EST Chief Creative Officer of Sony Music Clive Davis at the Clive Davis and the Recording Academy's 2012 Pre-GRAMMY Gala and Salute to Industry Icons Honoring Richard Branson at The Beverly Hilton Hotel . He said the late-Whtiney Houston "wo ...

  46. Jennifer Hudson to Perform Whitney Houston Tribute at Grammys

    February 12, 2012 12:07 AM EST A "respectful" tribute to Whitney Houston, who died today at the age of 48, will take place at tonight's Grammy Awards, show producer Ken Erhlich said. Recording Academy CEO Neil Portnow confirmed late Saturday that Jennifer Hudson ...

  47. Backbeat: Paul McCartney Honored at MusiCares Grammy Event, Performs for a Galaxy of Stars and Execs

    February 11, 2012 7:35 PM EST Sir Paul McCartney performing onstage during the 22nd Annual MusiCares Benefit Gala Honoring Paul McCartney at the Los Angeles Convention Center. (Photo: WireImage) Few events bring out more music industry executives than the annual MusiCares Pers ...

  48. 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 ...

  49. Daniel Ek Talks Spotify's Growth at Entertainment Law Luncheon; John Branca Shares Priceless Michael Jackson Story

    February 10, 2012 9:02 PM EST (L-R)Ziffren Brittenham Partner John Branca, Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow and Spotify CEO Daniel Ek outside the Entertainment Law Initiative Luncheon and Scholarship Presentation Friday. (Photo: Michael Underwood/PictureGroup) BEVE ...

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