The Recording Acadamy 2013

NEWS RELEASE
The Recording Academy® Statement re: Ray Manzarek
May 20, 2013

Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Ray Manzarek of the Doors was a gifted keyboardist and a founding member of one of the most influential and enduring groups of the ‘60s. He and his bandmates helped shape the sound of rock music, and with three titles, including the album The Doors, in the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame, they have cemented their place in music history as one of the preeminent and original bands of our time. Our industry has lost a legendary and passionate musician, and his legacy will continue to inspire and intrigue artists for many generations to come. Our deepest condolences go out to this family, his friends, and music fans everywhere who mourn this tremendous loss.

Neil Portnow
President/CEO
The Recording Academy

NEWS RELEASE
The Recording Academy® Statement re: Jeff Hanneman
Thurs., May 2, 2013

“Two-time GRAMMY® winner Jeff Hanneman was an intense and powerful guitarist and a force to be reckoned with on stage. A founding member of the legendary metal band Slayer, he was a key architect in their ferocious and uncompromising sound, which earned the band legions of loyal followers, tremendous respect among their peers, and a lasting impact on the genre. The music industry has lost a true trailblazer, and our deepest sympathies go out to his family, his bandmates and fans around the world who mourn his untimely passing.”

Neil Portnow
President/CEO
The Recording Academy


NEWS RELEASE
The Recording Academy® Statement re: Chi Cheng (Deftones)
Sunday, April 14, 2013

“GRAMMY® winner Chi Cheng of the Deftones was a powerful bassist who was larger than life on stage. Playing on the group’s first five albums, he and his bandmates received a GRAMMY in the Best Metal Performance category at the 43rd GRAMMY Awards in Feb. 2001. Although the group’s early years were more heavy metal-based, they were one of the first bands to incorporate a more alternative and ethereal sound into their thunderous and visceral music, blazing a trail that newer bands continue to follow today. The music industry has lost a proud and passionate performer all too soon, and our sincerest condolences go out to his family, his bandmates, and his fans worldwide who are mourning his untimely and unfortunate passing.

Neil Portnow
President/CEO
The Recording Academy

 


 

NEWS RELEASE
The Recording Academy® Statement on Levon Helm
April 19, 2012

Three-time GRAMMY® winner and Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Levon Helm was an Americana and folk/rock music pioneer. As a member of what would become the Band, he was an instrumental part of Bob Dylan’s shift to rock music. He was one of rock’s earliest singing drummers, and his unique voice helped bring the group’s well-crafted songs to life. His dynamic career spanned more than five decades and included solo releases and acting credits, such as playing Loretta Lynn’s father in Coal Miner’s Daughter. His passion for performing led him into the recording studio, where he opened Levon Helm Studios and produced many notable works. The music community has lost a gifted and treasured icon, and our deepest condolences go out to his family, friends, and fans everywhere.

Neil Portnow
President/CEO
The Recording Academy


NEWS RELEASE
The Recording Academy® Statement on Dick Clark
April 18, 2012

“Recording Academy Trustees Award recipient Dick Clark was an entertainment icon, bringing music into the homes of millions of Americans over his nearly 60-year career. His shows “American Bandstand” and “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” blazed new trails in pop music and became pivotal celebrations of music on television, spotlighting both established and emerging artists. Our deepest heartfelt sympathies go out to his family, friends, fans, and all who have enjoyed his great contributions to music and entertainment. He will be terribly missed, and his legacy will live on forever.”

Neil Portnow
President/CEO
The Recording Academy


NEWS RELEASE
The Recording Academy Statement re: Andrew Love
April 13, 2012

Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Andrew Love, was a celebrated tenor saxophone player and prominent member of The Memphis Horns.® As arguably the most famous horn section of all time, the Memphis Horns were a vital part of the Stax Records and Southern soul sound, and they played with such major artists as Aretha Franklin, Elvis Presley, Otis Redding, and many more, injecting a shot of Memphis soul into hundreds of recordings during their 40-year career. Our deepest sympathies extend to Love’s family, friends, and the larger music community. His musical impact will live on for generations to come.

Neil Portnow
President/CEO
The Recording Academy


GRAMMY® LIVE GARNERS
TWO WEBBY AWARD NOMINATIONS

The Three-Day Live Online Broadcast Earns
Webby Award and Webby People’s Voting Voice Nominations
in the Events & Live Webcasts Category

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (April 11, 2012) —For the third consecutive year, GRAMMY® Live, The Recording Academy®’s three-day livestream leading up to and through the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards, has garnered Webby Award nominations in the Events & Live Webcasts category. GRAMMY Live won a Webby in 2010, the broadcast’s inaugural year, and received a nomination in 2011.

Established by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, the Webbys honor excellence in Website, Interactive Advertising & Media, Online Film & Video, and Mobile & App categories. GRAMMY Live is eligible for both a Webby Award and the Webby People’s Voice Award. Voting for the Webby People’s Voice Award is open through April 26 and votes can be cast at http://pv.webbyawards.com/#ballot/106. The winners for the 16th annual Webby Awards will be announced on May 1 and honored at a ceremony held on May 21.

Beginning Friday, Feb. 10, and running through Sunday, Feb. 12, GRAMMY Live featured three days of exclusive live videos, blogging, tweets and retweets, as well as official news reports and entertaining updates from GRAMMY Live hosts TV/Web personality Alison Haislip, The Academy’s own GRAMMY buff Drew Hinze, and veteran music journalist John Norris. GRAMMY Live captured exclusive behind-the-scenes content and gave the audience a behind the velvet rope view into some of the high-profile GRAMMY Week events, including the Social Media Rock Stars Summit; MusiCares® Person of the Year Tribute honoring Paul McCartney; Special Merit Awards Ceremony & Nominees Reception and the Pre-GRAMMY Gala.

The exclusive experience continued on GRAMMY Sunday with access to 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards red carpet, the Pre-Telecast Ceremony, backstage interviews, exclusive photo sessions with winners (with renowned photographer Danny Clinch), press room question-and-answer sessions, and the official GRAMMY Celebration after-party.


REP. HOWARD BERMAN AND
GRAMMY®-WINNING
RECORDING ARTIST JOHN MAYER
TO BE RECOGNIZED AT
THE RECORDING ACADEMY®’S
GRAMMYS ON THE HILL®AWARDS
IN WASHINGTON, D.C.

WHO:
GRAMMYs on The Hill® honorees include U.S. Representative Howard Berman (D-Calif.) and eight-time GRAMMY® winner John Mayer. The event will be hosted by NBC News correspondent Luke Russert with special guests including folk/rock artist Donovan, blues legend and six-time GRAMMY winner Buddy Guy ,Cheap Trick lead guitarist Rick Nielsen, songwriter Monty Powell (Lady Antebellum, Keith Urban, Martina McBride), Secretary of Health and Human Services Sec. Kathleen Sebelius,Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow, and Recording Academy Chair Emeritus and five-time GRAMMY winner Jimmy Jam, and musical surprises.

WHAT:
GRAMMYs on The Hill has been called “Washington’s most interesting mix of music and politics.” It includes twodays of music advocacy connecting top music makers with members of Congress in Washington, D.C. in an effort to inform policy makers of the important role the recording arts play in the nation’s culture and economy. The Recording Academy’s annual advocacy event honors outstanding legislators who work to improve the environment for music makers and artists who use the power of music to improve our lives. A cocktail reception will precede the awards ceremony. GRAMMYs on The Hill Awards is sponsored by SESAC.

WHEN:
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Media Check-In
6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Cocktail Reception
7:30 – 10 p.m. Awards Presentation
(Deadline to RSVP: Tuesday, April 24. Media must show picture I.D.
when picking up credentials at media check-in on event day).

WHERE:
Liaison Capitol Hill Hotel
415 New Jersey Avenue Northwest
Washington, D.C.


NEWS RELEASE

The Recording Academy® Statement re: Earl Scruggs
March 28, 2012

Four-time GRAMMY® winner and Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Earl Scruggs was a bluegrass legend and banjo pioneer. He began playing banjo at the age of four and his unique three-finger playing became known worldwide as “the Scruggs picking style.” An innovator who helped popularize the banjo and helped change country music, he leaves an indelible legacy that will be remembered for generations to come. Our deepest sympathies go out to his family, friends, fans and all who have been inspired by his musical innovations.

Neil Portnow
President/CEO
The Recording Academy

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