October 16, 2017

60th GRAMMY AWARDS FIRST-ROUND ONLINE NOMINATIONS VOTING BEGINS TODAY!

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:

Oct. 16:           First-round ballot access opens                                                               
Oct. 29:           First-round ballot access closes
Nov. 28:          60th GRAMMY nominations announcement
Dec. 07:          Final-round ballot access opens
Dec. 21:          Final-round ballot access closes
Jan. 28:           60th Annual GRAMMY Awards

For more information, including an infographic explaining the entire GRAMMY Awards process and an instructional online voting video, visit www.grammy101.com.

ABOUT THE RECORDING ACADEMY
The Recording Academy represents the voices of performers, songwriters, producers, engineers, and all music professionals. Dedicated to ensuring the recording arts remain a thriving part of our shared cultural heritage, the Academy honors music's history while investing in its future through the GRAMMY Museum®, advocates on behalf of music creators, supports music people in times of need through MusiCares®, and celebrates artistic excellence through the GRAMMY Awards—music's only peer-recognized accolade and highest achievement. As the world's leading society of music professionals, we work year-round to foster a more inspiring world for creators.

For more information about the Academy, please visit www.grammy.com. For breaking news and exclusive content, follow @RecordingAcad on Twitter, "like" Recording Academy onFacebook, and join the Recording Academy's social communities on InstagramTumblr, andYouTube

October 12, 2017

Soundtrack to Best Picture Oscar-winner "Moonlight" Going for Awards Trifecta


The amazing score to Best Picture Oscar-winner "Moonlight" by Nicholas Britell earned Oscar and Golden Globe nominations and now is shooting for as GRAMMY Award!

“’Moonlight’ score is as stylistically surprising and emotionally piercing as the film itself — which is truly a masterpiece.” – Joe Lynch, Billboard

“Nicholas Britell’s score offers warmth, grace and most of all empathy to all of the characters.” Brandon Caldwell, Houston Style Magazine

“The soundtrack is certainly no less a marvel than the feted cinematography. The two work in tandem, Nicholas Britell’s chopped and screwed orchestral pieces giving this Florida story a universality and timelessness in addition to being plain beautiful.” Justin Stewart, Brooklyn Magazine

“The music — hip-hop, R&B, astute classical selections and Nicholas Britell’s subtle score — is both surprising and perfect.” – The New York Times




#grammyawards #oscars #goldenglobes #moonlight

October 10, 2017

GRAMMYS GREATEST STORIES: A 60TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL, NOV. 24 ON CBS

GRAMMY®-WINNING SUPERSTARS CHRISTINA AGUILERA, MARY J. BLIGE, CELINE DION, ARETHA FRANKLIN, DAVE GROHL, ELTON JOHN, BRUNO MARS, CHRIS MARTIN, PAUL MCCARTNEY, ED SHEERAN, BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN, STING, U2, AND KEITH URBAN TO BE FEATURED
 
SANTA MONICA, CALIF. (October 10, 2017) — The Recording Academy, AEG Ehrlich Ventures, and CBS will celebrate the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards® by presenting "GRAMMYs® Greatest Stories: A 60th Anniversary Special," an all-encompassing retrospective packed with epic moments from the past 59 years of GRAMMY® history. The primetime special will be broadcast on Friday, Nov. 24, from 9-11 p.m. ET/PT, on the CBS Television Network.

The one-of-a-kind broadcast event will feature rare archival footage, exclusive interviews, and special appearances by multi-GRAMMY winners Christina Aguilera, Mary J. Blige, Celine Dion, Aretha Franklin, Dave Grohl, Elton John, Bruno Mars, Chris Martin, Paul McCartney, Ed Sheeran, Bruce Springsteen, Sting, U2, and Keith Urban, among others.

"GRAMMYs Greatest Stories: A 60th Anniversary Special" will highlight some of the most memorable GRAMMY Moments from the last five decades of Music's Biggest Night® and take viewers behind the scenes to reveal unknown facts about the remarkable performances. Special segments will include reactions from GRAMMY producers and members of the music community following the tragic loss of Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin's unexpected opera performance at the 40th Annual GRAMMY Awards, and Paul McCartney bringing the Beatles’ legendary album, Abbey Road, to the GRAMMY stage.

"As we approach this milestone in GRAMMY history, we are excited to give music fans a glimpse into what artists, musicians, producers, set designers, and others do to make those unforgettable GRAMMY Moments," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of the Recording Academy. "This special will take audiences on a new journey as they relive those extraordinary moments that can only be seen on the GRAMMYs."

"Never before have we gathered all of GRAMMY's greatest moments from more than a half-century of award shows for one primetime special, and when you see them put together in a parade of amazing clip montages interspersed with the stories behind the performances, it's really pretty unbelievable," said Ken Ehrlich, executive producer of the GRAMMY Awards for the past 38 years.

"GRAMMYs Greatest Stories: A 60th Anniversary Special" continues the tradition of previous Emmy Award-winning TV specials presented by the Recording Academy, AEG Ehrlich Ventures, and CBS: "Stevie Wonder: Songs In The Key Of Life—An All-Star GRAMMY Salute," "The Beatles: The Night That Changed America—A GRAMMY Salute," "Sinatra 100—An All-Star GRAMMY Concert," and "Stayin' Alive: A GRAMMY Salute To The Music Of The Bee Gees."

"GRAMMYs Greatest Stories: A 60th Anniversary Special" is produced by AEG Ehrlich Ventures, LLC. Ehrlich is the executive producer, Ron Basile is the producer, and David Wild is the writer.

October 3, 2017

RON ROECKER JOINS BARON RIDGE PRODUCTIONS AS ENTERTAINMENT AND POP CULTURE SPEAKER "HOLLYWOOD TO HUMILITY: HOW TO REINVENT YOURSELF"


RON ROECKER has been the on-camera media and event spokesperson, pop culture expert for the Grammy Awards, E! News, Access Hollywood, MTV and VH1. He has been featured as the entertainment authority on morning news shows and has worked with Fortune 500 companies, celebrities, recording artists and non-profits, including Madonna, Maroon5, Pink, OneRepublic, Kelly Clarkson, Kanye West, Justin Timberlake, Zac Efron, Ludacris, Black Eyed Peas, Lisa Marie Presley, Roberta Flack, Mariah Carey, Patricia Heaton, Amy Grant, Dave Koz, Taj Mahal, Netflix's "Stranger Things," Live Earth, Al Gore, World Wildlife Fund, Playing For Change Foundation, MusiCares, GRAMMY Foundation, Teen Choice, CBS Television, Univision, and so many more. 

Ron's client list reads like a "Who's Who" from Rolling Stone or People magazine and he brings his passion and humor from his vast experiences to the podium when he speaks. Ron's Journey from "Hollywood to Humility" is his personal story that is relatable to anyone who has to reinvent or rebrand themselves or is facing a struggle. 

Quick-witted and engaging, Ron infuses his real-world stories with humor and custom-tailors each message to the specific goals and interests of the audience and sponsoring organization.


#madonna #maroon5 #onerepublic #mariahcarey #kellyclarkson #kanyewest

September 27, 2017

BRUNO MARS CREATES SCHOLARSHIP FOR NEEDY "NEXT GENERATION" MUSIC MAKERS THROUGH GRAMMY MUSEUM


FIVE-TIME GRAMMY® WINNER CONTINUES HIS LONG-STANDING SUPPORT OF NEXT GENERATION OF MUSIC MAKERS WITH FUND TO PROVIDE FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FOR QUALIFIED NEEDS-BASED APPLICANTS THROUGHOUT THE UNITED STATES—DEADLINE TO APPLY IS MARCH 31, 2018

SANTA MONICA, CALIF.  (SEPT. 27, 2017) — The GRAMMY Museum®(www.grammymuseum.org) announced today that five additional students will receive financial assistance for GRAMMY Camp® through the generous support of five-time GRAMMY® winner and 21-time GRAMMY nominee Bruno Mars. The scholarship will cover the tuition, housing, and transportation of one qualified high school student each year for the next five years. GRAMMY Camp, now celebrating its 14th year, is the GRAMMY Museum's signature music industry camp for U.S. high school students. This scholarship was first established in 2014 through a grant from Mars to the Hawai’i Community Foundation in honor of his late mother for students from the Hawai’i area to attend GRAMMY Camp. It has now expanded to include applicants from across the country.

To be eligible, U.S. high school applicants must complete an online application, video audition, and a financial assistance form at www.grammyintheschools.com. Thedeadline to apply is March 31, 2018. The scholarship recipient will be notified in May 2018. Through the support of several corporate and individual donors, approximately 75 percent of GRAMMY Camp participants who applied for financial aid have received assistance from the GRAMMY Museum.

"GRAMMY Camp is one of the surest paths for high school students to acquire knowledge and gain experience about the range of careers available in the music industry," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of the Recording AcademyTM and Board Chair of the GRAMMY Museum. "For the participants, the program offers access to artists and industry professionals who provide mentoring, critical insights, and advice. Bruno truly understands the importance of these interactions for young people who are interested in a life in music, and his generosity and longtime support are heartfelt and genuinely appreciated by the Recording Academy and the GRAMMY Museum."

“It’s a privilege for me to be able to help students reach their musical dreams. I’m grateful to GRAMMY Camp for making this possible,” said Bruno Mars regarding his scholarship.

GRAMMY Camp offers selected high school students an interactive nonresidential summer music experience. Focusing on all aspects of commercial music, this unique opportunity provides instruction by industry professionals in an immersive creative environment with cutting-edge technology in professional facilities. The program offers eight music career tracksAudio EngineeringElectronic Music Production, Music BusinessMusic JournalismInstrumental Performance,Vocal Performance, Video Production, and Songwriting. This real-world, hands-on environment will involve an in-depth look at the entire creative process from the first spark of original material through the promotion of a finished product.

GRAMMY CAMP 2018 LOCATIONS:
GRAMMY Camp Nashville hosted by Belmont University
GRAMMY Camp L.A. hosted by University of Southern California Thornton School of Music

ABOUT BRUNO MARS
Five-time GRAMMY Award winner and 21-time GRAMMY Award nominee Mars is a celebrated singer, songwriter, producer, and musician who has sold more than 180 million singles worldwide, making him one of the best-selling artists of all time. Recently, his critically acclaimed and RIAA certified double-platinum album 24K Magicmarked his highest first week sales debut, remaining in the Top 10 on the Billboard 200 for an impressive 33 consecutive weeks. The lead hit single “24K Magic” is certified four times Platinum by the RIAA. Mars’ five-time platinum certified single “That's What I Like” recently climbed to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, marking his seventh Hot 100 chart-topper and his first No. 1 on the Hot R&B Songs chart, where it remained at the top-spot for 19 consecutive weeks.

Mars is the first artist to have two songs spend 24 or more weeks in the Hot 100's Top 5 (“That's What I Like” and “Uptown Funk”). He is the only artist in the past year to have both a four-time and five-time platinum single from the same album. Also, Mars is one of the few artists to have written and produced all of his No. 1 hits and has had a No. 1 song on the Hot 100 from each of his first three studio albums.

With seven Hot 100 No. 1’s, Mars is ranked No. 1 among male artists with the most Hot 100 No. 1s for this decade, extending his lead over Justin Bieber, Drake, Eminem, and The Weeknd. Mars has been traveling the globe on his massive 24K Magic World Tour, which sold more than 1 million tickets in a single day. In 2015, Bruno dominated music charts with the hit single “Uptown Funk,” which took home three GRAMMY Awards, including Record of the Year.


ABOUT THE GRAMMY MUSEUM

Established in 2008 as a partnership between the Recording Academy and AEG, the GRAMMY Museum is a nonprofit organization dedicated to cultivating a greater understanding of the history and significance of music. Paying tribute to our collective musical heritage, the Museum explores and celebrates all aspects of the art form—from the technology of the recording process to the legends who've made lasting marks on our cultural identity. In 2017, the Museum integrated with its sister organization, the GRAMMY Foundation®, to broaden the reach of its music education and preservation initiatives. As a unified organization, today, the GRAMMY Museum fulfills its mission of making music a valued and indelible part of our society through exhibits, education, grants, and public programming.

For more information, visit www.grammymuseum.org, "like" the GRAMMY Museum onFacebook, and follow @GRAMMYMuseum on Twitter and Instagram.

 
 

September 26, 2017

THE GRAMMY MUSEUM® LAUNCHES ONLINE APPLICATIONS FOR GRAMMY CAMP® — JAZZ SESSION


OCT. 22, 2017 IS THE DEADLINE TO APPLY
GRAMMY MUSEUM®  TO HOST A SERIES OF INFORMATIONAL CALLS TO ASSIST APPLICANTS 

WHAT: The GRAMMY Museum® is currently accepting applications for its 2018GRAMMY Camp® — Jazz Session for high school students. The program is part of the Museum’s GRAMMY in the Schools® offerings and is supported in part byConverseJourneys, RBC Capital MarketsHot Topic Foundation, and the Ford Motor Company Fund.

GRAMMY Camp — Jazz Session is open to high school (public, private, parochial, homeschool, etc.) musicians. Those who are selected will participate in the 2018 GRAMMY Jazz Tour Jan. 23–29, 2018, in New York City, the host city for the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards®. Students will perform at high-profile GRAMMY® Week events, and will attend the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards telecast on Jan. 28, 2018. Students are also eligible for college scholarships offered by our college partners; Berklee College of Music, Manhattan School of Music, the School of Jazz at the New School, and USC Thornton School of Music. GRAMMY Camp — Jazz Session receives additional support from the Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation, Zildjian, Capitol Recording Studios (EMI Music), and CenterStaging.

GRAMMY Museum staff will be available to answer your questions on an informational conference call on the following dates:

Wednesday, Sept. 27 at 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET
GRAMMY Camp — Jazz Session Informational Call

Wednesday, Oct. 4 at 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET
GRAMMY Camp — Jazz Session Informational Call

Wednesday, Oct. 11 at 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET
GRAMMY Camp — Jazz Session Informational Call

To RSVP for one of the calls visit www.grammyintheschools.com or emailareyounext@grammy.com.


DEADLINE: Students interested in participating in the 2018 GRAMMY Camp — Jazz Session can apply at www.grammyintheschools.com. Applications are due Oct. 22, 2017.


ABOUT THE GRAMMY MUSEUM
Established in 2008 as a partnership between the Recording AcademyTM and AEG, the GRAMMY Museum is a nonprofit organization dedicated to cultivating a greater understanding of the history and significance of music. Paying tribute to our collective musical heritage, the Museum explores and celebrates all aspects of the art form—from the technology of the recording process to the legends who've made lasting marks on our cultural identity. In 2017, the Museum integrated with its sister organization, the GRAMMY Foundation®, to broaden the reach of its music education and preservation initiatives. As a unified organization, today, the GRAMMY Museum fulfills its mission of making music a valued and indelible part of our society through exhibits, education, grants, and public programming.

For more information, visit www.grammymuseum.org, "like" the GRAMMY Museum onFacebook, and follow @GRAMMYMuseum on Twitter and Instagram.

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September 22, 2017

EMMY-WINNER KATE MCKINNON STEPS OUT WITH HER GORGEOUS GIRLFRIEND JACKIE ABBOTT

Kate McKinnon had her special someone by her side as she was named Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: girlfriend Jackie Abbott, who she embraced before heading up to the stage.
An emotional McKinnon may have been teary-eyed, but she still looked drop-dead gorgeous in a black and white gown with a small keyhole cutout.
Backstage, "Rupaul's Drag Race" judge Michelle Visage shared a snapshot with the happy couple: "Her girlfriend Jackie was just as lovely as she is!!!" VIsage wrote.
McKinnon -- who is the first openly gay female cast member in "SNL" history -- beat out co-stars Leslie Jones and Vanessa Bayer for the award, but the three women couldn't have been more supportive of each other, all emphasizing their mutual love, respect and friendship ahead of the ceremony.

September 20, 2017

ENTERTAINMENT AND POP CULTURE EXPERT RON ROECKER SIGNS WITH BARON RIDGE PRODUCTIONS SPEAKERS BUREAU



ENTERTAINMENT+MUSIC+POP+CULTURE EXPERTRON ROECKER

Ron has been the on-camera media/ event spokesperson/entertainment/pop culture expert for the GRAMMY Awards, ET, Access Hollywood, MTV, VH1, and has been featured as the entertainment authority on morning news shows on all the major networks. He has worked with Fortune 500 companies, recording artists, non-profits and celebrities and speaks on topics including media training, branding, entrepreneurship and crisis communications.

Ron’s client list reads like a “Who’s Who” from Rolling Stone or People magazine and he brings his passion and humor to the podium. He shares stories of his personal journal that are relatable to anyone in the audience who is facing a struggle, or has had to make a change in their life for the better. If you are looking for a speaker who inspires, entertains and motivates with a theatrical polish, then Ron would be a perfect fit!

September 19, 2017

LATIN GRAMMYS POSTPONE NOMINATIONS ANNOUNCEMENT IN LIGHT OF HURRICANE DEVESTATION



NEWS RELEASE

As an outgrowth of the terrible and tragic recent natural disasters affecting Mexico, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Houston, and Florida, the homes to many Hispanic communities, The Latin Recording Academy® is postponing the announcement for the 18th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards® nominations announcement to a later date.

At this time, our thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected by these catastrophic events and ones that may come.

Gabriel Abaroa Jr. 
President /CEO
The Latin Recording Academy

A consecuencia de los terribles y trágicos desastres naturales recientes que han afectado a México, Puerto Rico, la República Dominicana, Houston y Florida, donde viven muchas comunidades hispanas, La Academia Latina de la Grabación® ha pospuesto hasta nueva fecha el anuncio de las nominaciones a la 18.a Entrega Anual del Latin GRAMMY®.

En este momento, nuestros pensamientos y oraciones están con todos los afectados por estos acontecimientos catastróficos y los que puedan seguirles.

 Gabriel Abaroa Jr.
Presidente/CEO
La Academia Latina de la Grabación

Como consequência dos terríveis e trágicos recentes desastres naturais que afetam México, Porto Rico, República Dominicana, Houston e Flórida, lar de muitas comunidades latinas, a Academia Latina da GravaçãoTM decidiu adiar o anúncio das indicações à 18.Entrega Anual do Latin GRAMMY® para uma outra data.