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The "Silence Breakers" — those who have shared their stories about sexual assault and harassment — have been named Time magazine's Person of the Year.
Numerous women have spoken out publicly since October about sexual misconduct by dozens of high-profile men in entertainment, media, business and sports. Time praised those who have given "voice to open secrets, for moving whisper networks onto social networks, for pushing us all to stop accepting the unacceptable." The magazine's cover features Ashley Judd, Taylor Swift, Susan Fowler and others who say they have been harassed.
Time's announcement was made Wednesday on NBC's "Today" show, where longtime host Matt Lauer was fired last week amid harassment allegations. "Today" host Savannah Guthrie acknowledged Wednesday that this year's winner hits "close to home" and mentioned Lauer by name.
Women who spoke out, initially against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein and then others, helped to spawn the #MeToo movement, with millions of people telling stories of sexual misconduct on social media.
The tweets, Instagram and Facebook posts began after actress-activist Alyssa Milano followed on a suggestion from a friend of a friend on Facebook and tweeted: "If you've been sexually harassed or assaulted write 'me too' as a reply to this tweet." The hashtag was tweeted nearly a million times in 48 hours. #MeToo was actually founded by activist Tarana Burke a decade ago to raise awareness about sexual violence. Milano has said she wasn't aware of Burke's contributions when she made her initial tweet and has since publicly credited her.
Milano and Burke appeared together Wednesday on the "Today" show.
"This is just the start. I've been saying from the beginning it's not just a moment, it's a movement," Burke said. "Now the work really begins."
"As women, we have to support each other and stand together and say, 'That's it. We're done. No more,'" Milano said. "It's vital to me that we really set in some actionable things that we can do to continue this momentum."
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Time's 2015 Person of the Year, said through a spokesman that this year's winners should be thanked for "having the courage to break the silence on sexual assaults and for the worldwide discussion that they have launched."
The two runners-up for Person of the Year were Chinese President Xi Jinping and President Donald Trump, himself accused of sexual misconduct by numerous women. He has denied any wrongdoing.
Trump, Person of the Year in 2016, tweeted recently that the magazine had told him he "probably" would be named again if he agreed to an interview and photo shoot. Trump added that he "took a pass." Time has disputed his account.
We get very few opportunities to do something for the first time; to help change the world for the better; to help address things in our country which need to be addressed (racism, accessibility, gender equality, ageism, Gay rights). This is only part of the group that is creating the first Universal FanCon that celebrates the diversity of fandom and the diversity of fans.
What's amazing about this group is that -- although we are supposed to "represent," we do so because we have a common goal and passion and respect ...and we actually really, really like each other!!! #baltimore #fandomisuniversal
SANTA MONICA, CALIF. (NOV. 30, 2017)—The Recording Academy™ Producers & Engineers Wing® will honor GRAMMY® Award winners Alicia Keys and Kasseem Dean, aka "Swizz Beatz," at their annual GRAMMY Week celebration on Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018, at Rockefeller Center's iconic Rainbow Room in New York City. The prestigious, invite-only event will celebrate the artistic contributions of the Producers & Engineers Wing's professional members and will highlight the unparalleled accomplishments of Keys and Dean. The event, now in its 11th year, is well-regarded among producers and engineers as well as industry titans. GRAMMY Week culminates with the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards® on Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018, airing live on the CBS Television Network, at 7:30 p.m. ET/PT.
"With multiplatinum success, fierce dedication to the craft, and unwavering support for the art of recorded sound, Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz represent the power of groundbreaking ingenuity in our creative community," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of the Recording Academy. "Alicia and Swizz have set new precedents for excellence and their contributions are paramount. This is sure to be an unforgettable evening, and we are thrilled to be able to celebrate them together as an undeniable force in the industry."
Fifteen-time GRAMMY Award-winning singer/songwriter/musician/producer Alicia Keys is also an accomplished actress, a New York Times best-selling author, and a powerful force in philanthropy and activism. Keys began playing classical piano at age 7 and continues to incorporate her classical background into her music, transcending genres and including gospel, jazz, blues and vintage soul, rock, and pop influences. Since the 2001 release of her debut album, Songs In A Minor, she has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide with The Diary Of Alicia Keys, Unplugged, As I Am, The Element Of Freedom, and Girl On Fire. Her critically acclaimed sixth studio album, Here, was released in November 2016. Keys' female empowerment message and hands-on approach to song creation, plus knack for crafting songs that resonate with all walks of life, have made her one of the most respected musicians of today. Her talent, deep wisdom, and playful personality have been on display for three seasons as a winning coach on "The Voice." Keys also owns The Oven Studios, which is often used by a variety of the most prestigious recording artists.
Kasseem Dean, aka "Swizz Beatz," is a GRAMMY Award-winning and internationally acclaimed music producer/songwriter/recording artist/global entrepreneur. While in high school, he began DJing and working at Ruff Ryder Records, where he soon produced the company's first hit, "Ruff Ryders' Anthem" by DMX. At age 23, in a joint venture with the legendary Clive Davis, Dean founded his own record label, Full Surface Records. As a producer, he has worked in multiple genres with artists such as Jay-Z, Madonna, Beyoncé, Busta Rhymes, Gwen Stefani, Kanye West, and Metallica. A renowned cultural ambassador, Dean's artistic contributions now also extend beyond music and include fashion design, business, fine art, and philanthropy. He created the global No Commission Art Fair platform that lets the artist keep 100 percent of the proceeds from their sales. To date, $5 million has been given back to these artists. Recently, Dean graduated from the three-year Harvard Business School's Owner/President Management program.
Previous honorees have included: 2009—Ahmet & Nesuhi Ertegun; Jerry Wexler; Arif Mardin & Tom Dowd 2010—Chris Blackwell 2011—T Bone Burnett 2012—Jimmy Iovine 2013—Quincy Jones & Al Schmitt 2014—Neil Young 2015—Nile Rodgers 2016—Rick Rubin 2017—Jack White
Hollywood icon Billy Dee Williams, who plays “Lando Calrissian” in the Star Wars franchise, has just been confirmed for Universal FanCon, April 27-29, 2018, in Baltimore!!
Billy Dee Williams’ overwhelming popularity and powerful performances opposite this year’s American Music Awards Lifetime Achievement winner (and show-stopper!) Diana Ross in the films “Mahogany” and “Lady Sings the Blues,” made him a huge draw and a much-welcomed addition to the cast of heroes in the “Star Wars” universe in “The Empire Strikes Back.”
His introduction in the “Star Wars” trilogy was followed by his turn as General Calrissian in “Return of the Jedi,” piloting the Millennium Falcon directly into the second Death Star destroying it from within. His popularity in the fantasy Sci-Fi genre continued when he took the role of Gotham’s district attorney Harvey Dent in Tim Burton’s “Batman,” lending his charming good looks and suave attitude to the film.
Billy Dee has kept the character of Lando Calrissian alive for all his “Star Wars” fans! He has voiced the character for numerous incarnations of video games and a Las Vegas slot machine as well as TV series including “Robot Chicken,” The Cleveland Show,” “Star Wars Detours,” “Lego Star Wars: The Yoda Chronicles” and for Disney’s “Star Wars Rebels.”
Aside from his prestigious film career, Billy Dee has appeared on television series “Lost,” “Glee,” “NCIS,” “Dynasty,” “Night Shift,” and “Gideon’s Crossing.”
He has appeared as himself on “Modern Family,” “Scrubs,” and “Jimmy Kimmel Live.”
Billy Dee is also an accomplished, award-winning artist whose paintings are displayed around the globe! The Smithsonian Institute even owns one of his paintings! He’s been nominated for a Guggenheim Award and has won the Hallgarten Award (the “Oscars” of the art world).
If acting and painting weren’t enough, he also has co-authored books, including a love story called “Twilight” (with author Elizabeth Atkins Bowman) and the sci-fi thriller “Psi Net” (with author Rob MacGregor) and its sequels.
ANITTA, NACHO ARIMANY, DIEGO "EL NEGRO" ÁLVAREZ, ISMAEL FERNÁNDEZ, SIUDY GARRIDO, MANUEL MEDRANO, JESÚS MONTOYA, AND JOSÉ ANTONIO RODRÍGUEZ JOIN THE 2017 LATIN RECORDING ACADEMY PERSON OF THE YEAR™ GALA HONORING ALEJANDRO SANZ
The star-studded tribute will take place at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center on Wednesday, November 15
Proceeds from the concert and gala will benefit The Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation®
MIAMI (Nov. 13, 2017) — The Latin Recording Academy® today announced additional artists who are confirmed to perform at the 2017 Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year™ Gala honoring Alejandro Sanz, including Anitta, percussionists Nacho Arimanyand Diego "El Negro" Álvarez, dancer Ismael Fernández, Siudy Garrido, Manuel Medrano, Jesús Montoya and guitarist José Antonio Rodríguez.
They join a previously announced group that includes David Bisbal, Camila Cabello, Santiago Cruz, Alejandro Fernández, Luis Fonsi, Juan Luis Guerra, Jesse & Joy, Juanes, Mon Laferte, Natalia Lafourcade, Gian Marco, Manuel Fernández Montoya "El Carpeta"; Niña Pastori, Residente, Rosalía, and Jimmy Zambrano.
The 2017 Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year Gala will honor 18-time Latin GRAMMY® and three-time GRAMMY® winner, Alejandro Sanz for his artistry and philanthropic contributions to organizations such as Doctors without Borders, Save the Children and Greenpeace. It will be held at a sold-out gala on Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas. The event precedes the 18th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards®, airing Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017, 8–11 p.m. ET/PT (7 p.m. Central), live on Univision from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
The Latin Person of the Year award is bestowed upon musicians as a recognition of their artistic achievements in the music industry, and for their commitment to philanthropy. Past honorees include Marc Anthony, Miguel Bosé, Roberto Carlos, Plácido Domingo, Emilio Estefan, Gloria Estefan, Vicente Fernández, Juan Gabriel, Gilberto Gil, Juan Luis Guerra, Julio Iglesias, José José, Carlos Santana, Joan Manuel Serrat, Shakira, Ricky Martin, and Caetano Veloso.
Three-time GRAMMY and nine-time Latin GRAMMY winner Rafa Sardina will be the executive producer of the Latin Person of the Year Gala along with Greg Fera.
The net proceeds from the gala will go towards supporting the charitable work of the Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation® whose mission is to further international awareness and appreciation of the significant contributions of Latin music and its makers to the world’s culture through scholarships, fellowships, grants, and educational programs.
ANITTA, NACHO ARIMANY, DIEGO "EL NEGRO"ÁLVAREZ, ISMAEL FERNÁNDEZ, SIUDY GARRIDO, MANUEL MEDRANO, JESÚS MONTOYA Y JOSÉ ANTONIO RODRÍGUEZ SE UNEN A LA CEREMONIA PERSONA DEL AÑO 2017 DE LA ACADEMIA LATINA DE LA GRABACIÓN® HONRANDO A ALEJANDRO SANZ
El homenaje estelar tendrá lugar el miércoles, 15 de noviembre en el Mandalay Bay Convention Center
Los fondos recaudados en el concierto y la ceremonia beneficiarán la Fundación Cultural Latin GRAMMY®
MIAMI (13 de noviembre de 2017) — La Academia Latina de la Grabación® anunció hoy artistas adicionales que han confirmado su participación en la Ceremonia deGala a la Persona del Año 2017 de la Academia Latina de la Grabación® en honor a Alejandro Sanz, entre ellos Anitta, los percusionistas Nacho Arimany y Diego "El Negro"Álvarez; el bailarín Ismael Fernández, Siudy Garrido, Manuel Medrano, Jesús Montoya y el guitarrista José Antonio Rodríguez.
Estos se unen al grupo previamente anunciado, que incluye a David Bisbal, Camila Cabello, Santiago Cruz, Alejandro Fernández, Luis Fonsi, Juan Luis Guerra, Jesse & Joy, Juanes, Mon Laferte, Natalia Lafourcade, Gian Marco, Manuel Fernández Montoya "El Carpeta", Niña Pastori, Residente, Rosalía y Jimmy Zambrano.
La Ceremonia deGala a la Persona del Año 2017 de la Academia Latina de la Grabación rendirá homenaje a Alejandro Sanz, quien ha ganado el Latin GRAMMY® 18 veces y el GRAMMY® tres veces, por su talento artístico y aportes filantrópicos a organizaciones como Doctors without Borders, Save the Children y Greenpeace. La celebración de gala, para la que las entradas se han agotado, se realizará el miércoles, 15 de noviembre de 2017 en el Mandalay Bay Convention Center en Las Vegas. El evento precede la 18.a Entrega Anual del Latin GRAMMY®, que se trasmitirá el jueves, 16 de noviembre de 2017, de 8–11 p.m. Este/Pacífico (7 p.m. Centro), en vivo por Univision desde el MGM Grand Garden Arena en Las Vegas.
El premio a la Persona del Año se entrega a músicos como reconocimiento de sus logros artísticos en el entorno de la industria de la música y por su compromiso con la filantropía. Se ha otorgado este galardón a personalidades como Marc Anthony, Miguel Bosé, Roberto Carlos, Plácido Domingo, Emilio Estefan, Gloria Estefan, Vicente Fernández, Juan Gabriel, Gilberto Gil, Juan Luis Guerra, Julio Iglesias, José, Carlos Santana, Joan Manuel Serrat, Shakira, Ricky Martin y Caetano Veloso.
Rafa Sardina, quien ha ganado el GRAMMY tres veces y el Latin GRAMMY nueve veces, será el productor ejecutivo del concurrido evento dedicado a la Persona del Año con Greg Fera.
Los fondos netos recaudados en la ceremonia de gala apoyarán las obras filantrópicas de la Fundación Cultural Latin GRAMMY®, cuya misión es promover, mediante becas, subvenciones y programas educativos, la difusión y el reconocimiento a nivel internacional de las importantes contribuciones de la música latina y sus creadores a la cultura mundial.
ANITTA, NACHO ARIMANY, DIEGO "EL NEGRO ALVAREZ", ISMAEL FERNANDEZ, SIUDY GARRIDO, MANUEL MEDRANO, JESUS MONTOYA E JOSE ANTONIO RODRIGUEZ SE UNEM À CERIMÔNIA DE GALA PERSONALIDADE DO ANO 2017 DA ACADEMIA LATINA DA GRAVAÇÃO™ QUE PRESTARÁ HOMENAGEM A ALEJANDRO SANZ
A homenagem estelar será realizada dia 15 de novembro no Mandalay Bay Convention Center
Os fundos arrecadados serão destinados para o trabalho beneficente realizado pela Fundação Cultural Latin GRAMMY®
MIAMI (13 de novembro de 2017) — A Academia Latina da Gravação™ anunciou hoje mais nomes de artistas que confirmaram participação na Cerimônia deGala à Personalidade do Ano 2017 da Academia Latina da Gravação™ em homenagem a Alejandro Sanz, incluindo Anitta, os percussionistas Nacho Arimany e Diego "El Negro Álvarez"; o bailarino Ismael Fernandez, além de Siudy Garrido, Manuel Medrano, Jesus Montoya e o guitarrista José Antonio Rodríguez.
Eles se unem aos já anunciados David Bisbal, Camila Cabello, Santiago Cruz, Alejandro Fernández, Luis Fonsi, Juan Luis Guerra, Jesse & Joy, Juanes, Mon Laferte, Natalia Lafourcade, Gian Marco, Manuel Fernández Montoya "El Carpeta", Niña Pastori, Residente, Rosalía, and Jimmy Zambrano.
A Cerimônia de Gala à Personalidade do Ano 2017 da Academia Latina da Gravação renderá homenagem a Alejandro Sanz, ganhador 18 vezes do Latin GRAMMY® e três vezes do GRAMMY®, por seu talento artístico e aportes filantrópicos a organizações como Doctors Without Borders, Save the Children e Greenpeace, entre outras. A celebração será realizada na quarta-feira, 15 de novembro de 2017, no Mandalay Bay Convention Center, em Las Vegas. Os ingressos para esta celebração já estão esgotados. O evento precede a 18.ª Entrega Anual do Latin GRAMMY®, que será transmitida ao vivo pela Rede Univision, em 16 de novembro, das 23h às 2h (horário de Brasília), diretamente da MGM Grand Garden Arena, em Las Vegas.
O prêmio de Personalidade do Ano é concedido a músicos como reconhecimento pelas realizações artísticas na indústria da música latina e pelo compromisso com a filantropia. Entre os homenageados anteriores estão Marc Anthony, Miguel Bosé, Roberto Carlos, Plácido Domingo, Emilio Estefan, Gloria Estefan, Vicente Fernández, Juan Gabriel, Gilberto Gil, Juan Luis Guerra, Julio Iglesias, José José, Carlos Santana, Joan Manuel Serrat, Shakira, Ricky Martin e Caetano Veloso.
Rafa Sardina, ganhador três vezes do GRAMMY e nove vezes do Latin GRAMMY, será o produtor executivo do evento dedicado à Personalidade do Ano com Greg Fera.
A renda líquida da celebração de gala será destinada às obras de caridade da Fundação Cultural Latin GRAMMY®, cuja missão é aumentar a conscientização e o reconhecimento internacionais das significativas contribuições da música latina e de seus produtores à cultura mundial.
Barbra Streisand might be one of the most celebrated artists in our lifetime, but she's certainly not creating and releasing any singles that are relevant today. Here is Cher's latest single "Walls" that she released for her charitable organization #freethewild foundation.
FIRST-ROUND ONLINE GRAMMY® VOTING BEGINS TODAY MORE THAN 22,000 ELIGIBLE ENTRIES WERE SUBMITTED TO THE RECORDING ACADEMY™FOR 60TH ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS® CONSIDERATION; NOMINATIONS TO BE ANNOUNCED NOV. 28
SANTA MONICA, CALIF. (OCT. 16, 2017) —The awards process for the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards® is well underway with 22,030 entries received by the Recording AcademyTM for GRAMMY® consideration. This total marks an increase from last year's 21,719 submissions. All entries were due Aug. 23 and have since undergone a vetting process to verify eligibility in preparation for the first-round ballot, which voting members can access online today. Earlier this year, the Academy completed its annual review of awards rules and regulations and announced the transition to online voting, a move that provides the Recording Academy's more than 13,000 voting members greater access and flexibility than ever before. Music's Biggest Night® will be broadcast live from Madison Square Garden on Jan. 28, 2018.
The eligibility period for the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards was Oct. 1,2016 through Sept. 30, 2017. Below are additional key dates and deadlines:
For more information, including an infographic explaining the entire GRAMMY Awards process and an instructional online voting video, visit www.grammy101.com.
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