The male-heavy roster of recipients is surprising in an era when such things are closely watched.
Mickey Smith Jr. of Maplewood Middle School in Sulphur, La. is the recipient of the 2020 music educator award, presented jointly by the Recording Academy and the Grammy Museum. Smith is the sixth male recipient of the award in the seven years it has been presented. The only female recipient to date is Melissa Salguero, who received it two years ago.
Smith serves as the lead band director at his middle school. Under his direction, the band has grown more than 500% and now encompasses nearly 50% of the total school population. Through his nonprofit, MusicMakers2U, Smith provides instruments to children in the community.
Smith will attend the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards ceremony on Sunday (Jan. 26) at Staples Center in Los Angeles and a range of Grammy Museum events. He will formally receive his award in the spring at the taping of the annual Grammy Salute to Music Legends TV special for PBS.