Recording Academy

  1. Backbeat: Kelly Rowland, Sylvia Rhone Honored @ Essence Black Women in Music Gala

    February 09, 2012 10:17 AM EST Honorees Sylvia Rhone, former Motown chief, and rising icon Kelly Rowland of Destiny's Child fame. (Photo: 2012 A Turner Archives) Grammy Week revved up in earnest last night (Feb. 8) with two key events; the Recording Academy's Producer ...

  2. Backbeat: Jimmy Iovine Honored by Dr. Dre, Stevie Nicks, Mary J. Blige, Many More at Grammy P&E Event

    February 09, 2012 9:15 AM EST From left: Producer Jimmy Jam, Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow, and Jimmy Iovine attend the 5th annual Producers & Engineers Wing Event honoring Iovine at The Village Recording Studios in L.A. (Photo by Michael Kovac/WireImage) Th ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. Backbeat: Joe Walsh Rocks Troubadour, Irving Azoff With Ringo -- and First New Songs In 20 Years

    February 02, 2012 2:37 PM EST WEST HOLLYWOOD -- A private party to introduce Joe Walsh 's first album of original music in 20 years started comical, included a sales pitch and ended with "Rocky Mountain Way" -- featuring Ringo Starr on drums -- at the Troubadour ...

  6. Tony Bennett, Coldplay, Foo Fighters to Perform @ MusiCares Grammy Week Event

    February 01, 2012 1:46 PM EST When Paul McCartney is honored as the MusiCares Person of the Year during Grammy week next Friday night, he'll be the biggest name in an otherwise stellar lineup of performers. In addition to a special McCartney performance to highlight the n ...

  7. 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 ( ...

  8. It's Official: Adele to Perform at Grammys

    January 31, 2012 11:13 AM EST In an interview with Billboard.biz yesterday, Grammy exeucitve producer Ken Ehrlich said he was "hopingl" that Adele would appear at the Grammys, and that hope is coming true: The Academy announced this morning that the singer will make ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. 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 ...

  11. Billboard Power 100: Joel Katz

    January 27, 2012 12:00 AM EST No. 38 Joel Katz Chairman Media, Entertainment and Media Group Twitter: @GT_Law Top Gun… When U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers created a music category last year, the first winner was the Greenberg Traurig division chaired by Joel Katz. But ...

  12. Billboard Power 100: Rich Bengloff

    January 26, 2012 11:28 PM EST No. 97 Rich Bengloff President American Assn. of Independent Music Twitter: @A2IM Indie Advocate... When Rich Bengloff was named president of the American Assn. of Independent Music in 2007, the then-2-year-old trade group was still struggling to ...

  13. 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 ...

  14. 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 ...

  15. Sir Richard Branson To Be Honored At Pre-Grammy Gala

    January 19, 2012 12:38 PM EST Sir Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group, will be honored at Clive Davis and Recording Academy's Pre-Grammy gala this year. Branson will be presented with the President's Merit Award "in recognition of his significant contri ...

  16. LL Cool J to Host 2012 Grammy Awards -- First Time in Seven Years Show Has Had a Host

    January 18, 2012 10:27 AM EST Two-time Grammy winner LL Cool J is set to host the 54th Annual Grammy Awards, marking the first time in seven years that the music industry's premier event will have an official host. The show takes place live on Sunday, Feb. 12, at Staples ...

  17. 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 ...

  18. Backbeat: Stars Line Up For Andrea Bocelli L.A. Foundation Launch

    December 15, 2011 7:00 AM EST Left to right: Gloria Jones (Quincy Jones' sister-in-law), Italian actress Jo Champa (who produced the evening in conjunction with StudioMusica), Quincy Jones (recipient of the First Andrea Bocelli Foundation Award), Andrea Bocelli and Veroni ...

  19. 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 ...

  20. In Memoriam

    December 08, 2011 7:40 AM EST Joe Arroyo (b. 1955) Salsa star/composer Discovered by Fruko y Sus Tesos leader Julio Ernesto Estrada and known for his high tenor and hit songs "La Noche" and "Rebelión," Joe Arroyo rose to prominence in the '70s to becom ...

  21. NARM's Digitalmusic.org Names First Affiliate Partners

    December 06, 2011 2:00 PM EST Digitalmusic.org (DMO,) NARM's hub for digital music initiatives, announced their first Affiliate Partners earlier today. They are: the American Association of Independemnt Music (A2IM), the American Foundation of Television and Radio Artists ...

  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. Billboard Women In Music 2011: List of Nominees

    December 02, 2011 1:30 PM EST At Billboard's Woman of the Year Ceremony in New York on Friday, Taylor Swift was honored as Woman of the Year, Nicki Minaj as Rising Star, and the list of executives honored was again topped by by Atlantic Records Group Chairman/CEO Julie Gr ...

  24. 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 ...

  25. 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 ...

  26. 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 ...

  27. 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; ...

  28. The 2012 Grammy Hall of Fame Inductees

    December 01, 2011 6:28 AM EST From Doris Day to 'Exile on Main Street' to Grandmaster Flash, the 2012 inductees to the Grammy Hall of Fame shine bright This year's list of in-ductees to the Grammy Hall of Fame represents another new threshold crossed for hip-hop ...

  29. Neil Portnow on Tonight's Grammy Nominations Show, Controversial Category Changes

    November 30, 2011 7:10 PM EST For the fourth Grammy nominations broadcast, the Recording Academy will return Wednesday night to the Nokia Theater from Club Nokia in the same L.A. Live complex. The return is the result of the Recording Academy, executive producer Ken Ehrlich an ...

  30. Backbeat: Shaila Durcal Treats Anti-Piracy Lawmakers To Recording Session @ Miami's Hit Factory

    November 29, 2011 12:12 PM EST Legislative Session: From left: Gregg Vickers, VP customer marketing, EMI North America; Congressman Lamar singer Smith; singer Shaila Durcal; Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz; and Sergio Lopes, Sr. VP Capitol Latin, at an impromptu recordin ...

  31. Don DeVito, Grammy-Winning Producer and Longtime Columbia A&R Exec, Dead at 72

    November 28, 2011 4:55 PM EST Don DeVito clowning with Johnny Cash in an undated photo (Photo courtesy Columbia Records) Don DeVito, a Grammy-winning producer and A&R exec whose 40-year career was astonishingly spent at the same label, Columbia Records, died in New York on ...

  32. Backbeat: RIAA & NMPA's Post-CMA Party Draws Industry Execs From SESAC, The Recording Academy & More

    November 16, 2011 8:01 AM EST Nashville Songwriters Association International President Steve Bogard, RIAA Chairman & CEO Cary Sherman. (Photo: Susan Adcock) Give the Gift of Music "Countdown to CMAs" contest winner Jennifer Dotson, RIAA Chairman & CEO Cary S ...

  33. Sirius' Direct-Licensing Efforts Come Under Attack From Recording Academy, AFTRA

    October 27, 2011 7:30 PM EDT In what appears to be a coordinated response to Sirius XM's attempt to bypass SoundExchange and license music directly from labels, leading artist groups have issued alerts to their members denouncing the gambit, which was first reported by B ...

  34. Music, Internet Industries React Strongly to 'Protect IP' Bill

    October 27, 2011 2:38 PM EDT As soon as news hit yesterday that the PROTECT IP bill, legislation aimed at shutting down rogue websites, was introduced into the House of Representatives , our inboxes began filling up with statements and commentary from all corners of the music ...

  35. Backbeat: Stumbling Upon Real Estate's Release Party @ The Bohemian Hall Beer Garden In Astoria, Queens

    October 20, 2011 5:45 PM EDT Beer Gardening: Real Estate played a release party at the Bohemian Hall Beer Garden in Astoria, Queens in honor of their new album "Days" which came out this week on Domino Records. They used only social media and the label's websit ...

  36. Backbeat: Kelly Rowland Gets Deep at Recording Academy 'Conversation With' Event

    September 30, 2011 12:22 PM EDT Kelly Rowland with MC Lyte at the "A Conversation With" event in Los Angeles Tuesday night (Photo: Maury Phillips, WireImage.com; courtesy of The Recording Academy) "I'm on the highest cloud right now; it surpasses nine," ...

  37. Business Matters: Rock City Club Joins Long List of Services For Indie Musicians

    September 15, 2011 6:18 PM EDT Rock City Club Joins Long List of Services For Indie Musicians -- Rock City Club launched Thursday, making it the newest music service aimed at helping independent artists further their careers outside of the traditional music industry infrastruct ...

  38. Paul McCartney to Be Honored as MusiCares Person of the Year

    September 13, 2011 1:58 PM EDT Paul McCartney will be honored as MusiCares person of the year during Grammy week next year. The former Beatle will not only be honored for his music but also for his charitable side. Recording Academy President and CEO Neil Portnow says McCartney ...

  39. 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 ...

  40. Nick Lowe Enthralls Grammy Museum Crowd

    August 17, 2011 7:26 AM EDT Nick Lowe who told the audience at the Grammy Museum last night that "As you get older, it's more fun to sing the blues. It cheers you up." The history of Nick Lowe, from his childhood favorites to Brinsley Schwartz and "(What& ...

  41. 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 ...

  42. 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 ...

  43. Billboard.biz's Backbeat

    August 01, 2011 3:34 AM EDT From the record release parties to the green rooms, our exclusive look at the people behind the music business -- behind the scenes. FEATURED BACKBEATS: December 12, 2011 - Touring | Radio | Backbeat | Record Labels | Indies | Digital & Mobile ...

  44. Future of Music Coalition to Launch Survey on Artist Revenue Streams

    July 27, 2011 11:46 AM EDT The Future of Music Coalition is undertaking a project that will answer two basic questions: what percentage of musicians' income comes from each possible revenue source and how has that changed over the last ten years? From September 6 to Oc ...

  45. What More Could The Music Industry Have Done To Save Amy Winehouse?

    July 27, 2011 7:40 AM EDT NEW YORK (AP) - Most entertainers prepare for a concert tour with rehearsals. For Amy Winehouse, it was rehab. Just before her disastrous European tour last month, the infamously addicted singer entered a rehabilitation center on doctor's ord ...

  46. Amy Winehouse's Billboard U.S. Chart History

    July 23, 2011 6:29 PM EDT Amy Winehouse, who died on Saturday, had a strong history on Billboard U.S. charts despite releasing just two albums -- the Grammy-winning "Back to Black" and her 2003 debut, "Frank" -- during her career. "Back to Black&qu ...

  47. 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 ...

  48. Rich Bengloff, President of A2IM, Answers Six Questions

    June 22, 2011 2:23 PM EDT The American Association of Independent Music is holding its sixth annual Indie Week, June 20-23, with labels flying into New York to participate in educational seminars and good-old fashion brain-storming sessions. The not-for profit trade organi ...

  49. 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 ...

  50. 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 ...

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