Recording Academy

  1. 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 ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. Don Henley, Vice President Biden Among Grammys on the Hill Award Honorees

    March 16, 2011 4:20 PM EDT The Eagles' Don Henley, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) are among the honorees at The Recording Academy's 10th Annial GRAMMYs on the Hill Awards The presentation, which honors recipients for their commitmen ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. RootMusic Raises More Cash, Hires New Head of Business Development

    March 01, 2011 7:51 PM EST RootMusic has raised an additional $800,000, bringing its total first-round funding to $3.2 million, according to an SEC filing . The previous funding, $2.3 million led by Mohr Davidow, was announced in early January. The additional funding has al ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. 'Glee' Music Supervisor Says Original Songs Are Coming To Show

    February 14, 2011 9:43 AM EST The recently formed Guild of Music Supervisors held its first awards ceremony at a brunch preceding the Grammys on Sunday. In addition to awarding trophies, .biz has learned that Fox's hit program "Glee" will likely have an original ...

  9. Cee Lo, R. Kelly, Mumford & Sons, F-Bombs Rock Clive Davis' Grammy Party, David Geffen Tribute: Photo Gallery

    February 13, 2011 2:18 PM EST It's My Party: Clive Davis on stage at his 2011 Pre-GRAMMY Gala and Salute To Industry Icons Honoring David Geffen. (Photo: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images) @font-face { font-family: "Cambria"; }p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNorm ...

  10. Adam Lambert, Chamillionaire Talk Drunken Tweeting, Online Stalkers At Grammy Social Media Event

    February 12, 2011 1:30 PM EST Panels about technology can sometimes get a little technical -- or worse. But add in a few cutting-edge social media execs and some charismatic musical acts and you're in for a pretty cool discussion --and a few laughs. (After all, one can� ...

  11. Esperanza Spalding, Best New Artist Nominee, Plays Pre-Grammy Show

    February 11, 2011 3:56 PM EST Esperanza rocks the Spaghettini (Photo by Jesse Grant/WireImage) It was anything but a regulation Thursday night at a popular Seal Beach jazz spot. Standing center stage, speaking quietly to her band members at the Spaghettini Italian Grill & ...

  12. Arrested Development, Naughty By Nature, Paul Wall Rock Grammy 'Word Revolution' Event: Photo Gallery

    February 11, 2011 2:28 PM EST The consensus was unanimous following Thursday's Grammy Week event, "Word Revolution: A Celebration of the Evolution of Hip-Hop": it was the highlight thus far of a very busy week. Presented by the Grammy Foundation in association w ...

  13. T-Bone Burnett Rocks The Boat At Grammy Producers & Engineers Celebration: Photo Gallery

    February 10, 2011 4:40 PM EST Figuring he had a receptive audience of producers and engineers, T-Bone Burnett tore into the record industry for its willingness to accept a deterioration in sound quality at the Recording Academy Producers & Engineers Wing's 10th annive ...

  14. Grammys Central 2011

    February 10, 2011 10:10 AM EST LATEST NEWS FEB. 14, 2011 Janelle Monae, Bruno Mars, Jeff Beck Light Up Warner Grammy After-Party The artists celebrated with label brass Lyor Cohen, Craig Kallman, Julie Greenwald and others. FEB. 10, 2011 Grammy Sales Spike: Who Will Get It This ...

  15. Mick Jagger to Make First Onstage Grammy Appearance

    February 03, 2011 11:19 AM EST The Recording Academy is finally getting some satisfaction, with Mick Jagger's first appearance on the Grammy stage. The Rolling Stones frontman will perform at the Feb. 13 ceremony as part of a tribute to soul great Solomon Burke, who died l ...

  16. What the FCC's New Rules Mean to Music Companies

    December 23, 2010 12:00 AM EST With the ink not yet dry on the new FCC net neutrality rules, there are already concerns about the impact they will have on the music industry. The new regulations set the stage for Internet service providers to create different tiers of service ( ...

  17. UPDATED: Industry Execs Call Out PC Mag For Encouraging Piracy

    November 23, 2010 12:00 AM EST Post updated Nov. 24 with a response from PC Mag (at bottom) Irked by an article published in PC Mag listing a number of alternative P2P services in the wake of the LimeWire shutdown, a number of music industry executive earlier this month sent th ...

  18. What Do The Election Results Mean For The Music Biz?

    November 03, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Nov. 2 U.S. election brought Republicans more control in states and districts across the nation, but will the shift in power have an impact on the music industry? Daryl P. Friedman, VP of advocacy and government relations at the Recording Acad ...

  19. NARM, RIAA Giving the Gift of Music Via New Website

    November 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The two-year-old effort to revive the "Give the Gift of Music" campaign paid off. Program originators the National Assn. of Recording Merchandisers (NARM) and the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) have launched a branded w ...

  20. Country Stars Turn Out For Tribute To Loretta Lynn

    October 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT It's a long way from the winding roads of Butcher Holler, Kentucky, to the superhighway of country music, but on Tuesday night (Oct. 12) "Coal Miner's Daughter" Loretta Lynn was honored at Ryman Auditorium in Nashville for her ...

  21. BACKBEAT: Big Boi Gets Personal At Recording Academy Event

    October 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Recording Academy Los Angeles Chapter held an “Up Close and Personal" event with rapper Big Boi on September 27. The exclusive Q&A session provided a chance for fans and Recording Academy members to gain insight on Big Boi’s career, i ...

  22. BACKBEAT: Ciara, C. Tricky Stewart, and Kuk Harrell Talk Writing Hit Songs During 'Anatomy Of A Hit' Panel

    September 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT On Sept. 16, The Recording Academy ’s Atlanta Chapter and Producers & Engineers Wing presented a star-studded panel titled “Anatomy Of A Hit” to a standing-room only audience. Moderated by Billboard’s own Senior correspondent Gail Mitchell , t ...

  23. Wireless Mics Freed From Interference

    September 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Artists using wireless mics onstage rejoice! The FCC today (Sept. 24) voted to protect the section of wireless spectrum that wireless mics rely on from interference from other types of devices. The Recording Academy was a leading force in the figh ...

  24. The Full List: The Billboard Music App Submissions

    September 09, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Best Artist-Based App Submissions Dream Theater, "JR Hexatone Pro" Artificial Life, Inc., "Linkin Park 8-Bit Rebellion!" Warner Bros. Records, "Linkin Park 8-Bit Rebellion!" Mobile Roadie, "Linkin Park" Mobi ...

  25. BACKBEAT: ASCAP, The Black Eyed Peas, Raphael Saadiq, President Clinton, Usher and many more

    August 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT ASCAP stopped by Dubway Studios in NYC on Auguest 10, where Taio Cruz was recording his iTunes Sessions, to congratulate Cruz on his #1 Billboard Hot 100 smash "Break Your Heart featuring Ludacris." Pictured here, from left, are Alexandr ...

  26. RIAA To Google: Help Us Fight Piracy

    August 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A wide-ranging group of more than a dozen music industry associations has sent a letter to Google CEO Eric Schmidt requesting more information about the anti-piracy implications of the company’s recent network management plan with Verizon . The as ...

  27. Alejandro Fernandez Gets Grammy Spotlight

    August 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Mexican superstar Alejandro Fernandez will be the featured artist at the Recording Academy’s first international Latin Grammy Artists Revealed show, taking place Sept. 1 in Mexico City. This is only the third Grammy Artists Revealed show, and the ...

  28. 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 ...

  29. THE WEEK IN PHOTOS: Songwriters HOF, Taylor Swift, UJA Visionary Award, Julie Greenwald, Kid Rock and more

    June 18, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Songwriters Hall of Fame ceremony in New York on Thurs. (June 17) featured Billy Joel, John Mayer, Judy Collins and more while honoring legends including Leonard Cohen as well as wunderkind Taylor Swift. A full wrap is here. Taylor Swift speak ...

  30. A2IM Heads To Washington

    May 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A2IM is going to Washington at the end of June to try and get export subsidies for independent labels, organization's president Rich Bengloff told Billboard at the National Assn. of Recording Merchandisers convention. While there, A2IM will m ...

  31. Producer Franco Giordani Dies

    April 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Franco Giordani, a Grammy winner with a 25-year career as a producer, engineer and mixer who worked with such artists as regional Mexican star Joan Sebastian, died Monday, according to his publicist. He was 45. The cause of death could not be imme ...

  32. Music Biz Activists Heading To Washington For Grammys On The Hill

    April 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Music industry activists will take their message to Congress in Washington, D.C., this year during the Grammys on the Hill Awards and Advocacy Day, to be held on April 14 and April 15, respectively. For the award presentation on April 14, two-time ...

  33. Photos: The 2010 Grammy Awards

    January 31, 2010 12:00 AM EST The 52nd Annual Grammy Awards is a wrap. Below, some shots from the big night and Saturday's pre-Grammy gala hosted by Clive Davis and the Recording Academy. For full coverage of the Grammys, click here . Columbia Records chairman Steve Barne ...

  34. Neil Young Named MusiCares' Person of the Year

    January 30, 2010 12:00 AM EST After being commended for his artistic achievement and dedication to philanthropy, Neil Young was named MusiCares' person of the year Friday night in Los Angeles. The ceremony featured performances and tributes from acts as diverse as Ozomatl ...

  35. Grammys Preview: The Academy's Major Push With Social Media

    January 28, 2010 12:00 AM EST Last year the Recording Academy dipped its toes in the Web 2.0 waters. This year, it's jumped in. During the run-up to the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards, the Recording Academy unleashed a swarm of new digital initiatives designed to extend the or ...

  36. Reggae Label Exec Launches Grammy Campaign

    January 20, 2010 12:00 AM EST Heeding annual criticism that reggae's finest releases are oftentimes overlooked as nominees in the Grammy's best reggae album category, Cristy Barber, VP of marketing and promotions at New York-based reggae label VP Records, is spearhea ...

  37. Grammys Will Stage 3-D Tribute To Michael Jackson

    January 20, 2010 12:00 AM EST The Grammys are staging an unprecedented tribute in honor of Michael Jackson including a 3-D film clip the singer made before his death. A posthumous tribute to Jackson will be a focal point of the Jan. 31 Grammy Awards broadcast, the Recording Ac ...

  38. @CES: Music Apps Abound

    January 08, 2010 12:00 AM EST While most of the gearheads rubbing elbows at CES are there for the gadgets, plenty of service providers use the conference to announce their new applications - you know, the things that make all the shiny new toys interesting to use. Below are a ...

  39. Lady Gaga, Green Day, Pink Added To Grammy Performers Line Up

    January 05, 2010 12:00 AM EST Lady Gaga, Pink, Green Day, Dave Matthews Band and Zac Brown Band are the latest acts scheduled to perform at the 52nd annual Grammy Awards, it was announced today (Jan. 5) on the Recording Academy's official twitter page. Taking place at the ...

  40. Randy Jackson Tweets For Help On Grammy Votes

    January 04, 2010 12:00 AM EST Taking a page out of "American Idol," judge Randy Jackson is reaching out to his Twitter followers to help him fill out his Grammy ballot. Voting members of the Recording Academy have until Friday to get their votes to accounting firm De ...

  41. Grammys Will Honor Michael Jackson; Miley Cyrus Nomination Pulled

    December 11, 2009 12:00 AM EST The Recording Academy today (Dec. 11) announced that Michael Jackson is among seven Lifetime Achievement Award honorees for the 52nd annual Grammy Awards on Jan. 30. The King of Pop, whose sudden passing in June shook the music industry and fans w ...

  42. Grammy Nominations Special Slips In Ratings

    December 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST The 2009 Grammy Nominations special pulled in 6.3 million viewers last night, down from 7 million who watched last year’s special, according to Nielsen. The CBS special, which took place at L.A.’s Club Nokia, finished fourth in its 9 p.m. time slo ...

  43. Grammy Nominations: 10 Things You Didn't See On T.V.

    December 02, 2009 12:00 AM EST At Los Angeles' Conga Room following the Grammy Nominations Concert Live! Wednesday (Dec. 2), artists and musicians said what they think of the nominess and what they expect from this year's show. 1. In the pressroom at L.A.'s Conga ...

  44. Grammy Nominations Revealed, Beyonce Leads With 10 Nods

    December 02, 2009 12:00 AM EST Completing the trifecta of the big three categories, Beyonce topped the nominations for the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards, with 10 total nods, including album of the year for "I Am...Sasha Fierce," record of the year for "Halo" and ...

  45. LL Cool J Primed For Grammy Nominations Concert

    December 02, 2009 12:00 AM EST LL Cool J is paying tribute the best way he knows how. The 41-year-old rapper-actor will kick off "The Grammy Nominations Concert Live! — Countdown to Music's Biggest Night" on Wednesday night by rapping to a medley of the past year ...

  46. James Brown, Beach Boys added to Grammy Hall of Fame

    November 25, 2009 12:00 AM EST The Recording Academy has added songs by James Brown, Bob Marley, the Beach Boys, Louis Armstrong and others to its Grammy Hall of Fame, bringing the total number of titles in the collection to 851. The latest batch of 25 recordings added to the l ...

  47. Emotions Run High At Lifetime Achievement, Trustees Awards

    November 04, 2009 12:00 AM EST A cadre of veteran acts and ambassadors of Latin culture received Lifetime Achievement Awards and Trustees Awards from the Latin Recording Academy during a ceremony held Nov. 4. “It took me nine months to be born and it’s taken me 88 years to rece ...

  48. Grammys Go Digital Via Canadian Technology

    October 13, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The organizers of the Grammys are going digital to allow U.S. voting members to stream and judge music online. Toronto-based Yangaroo signed a multi-year agreement with The Recording Academy that will see its encryption technology distribute music ...

  49. Neil Young Named MusiCares Person Of The Year

    August 12, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Neil Young has been named the 2010 MusiCares person of the year. Neil Portnow, president of the MusiCares Foundation and the Recording Academy, named the 63-year-old Young as the honoree for his "standard of artistic integrity and iconoclasti ...

  50. Video: Ortega, Payne, Portnow Reflect On Jackson

    July 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT As music industry leaders greeted each other outside Staples Center after the July 7 memorial for Michael Jackson, "This Is It" director Kenny Ortega was in a reflective mood. He joined the associate director and choreographer of what wa ...

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