McCartney Honored With Gershwin Prize
Thirteen-time GRAMMY-winning artist Paul McCartney will become the third recipient of the Library of Congress' Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, a lifetime achievement award recognizing artists for their contributions to pop music. McCartney will be honored at a ceremony hosted by President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama on June 2 at the White House. The ceremony will include tribute performances by GRAMMY winners Elvis Costello, Herbie Hancock, Emmylou Harris, Faith Hill, and last year's Gershwin Prize recipient Stevie Wonder. The first prize was awarded to GRAMMY winner Paul Simon in 2007. (5/25)
Baseball Hall To Enshrine "Centerfield"
GRAMMY winner John Fogerty's "Centerfield" will be honored at the Baseball Hall of Fame's induction ceremony on July 25 in Cooperstown, N.Y., marking the first time a musician or song has been recognized as part of the hall's ceremonies. Fogerty will perform the song at the ceremony, which was originally released on his GRAMMY-nominated 1985 album Centerfield. Over the span of 25 years, "Centerfield" has become a part of the cultural fabric of baseball in being played at major and minor league baseball parks across the United States. (5/25)
Slipknot's Paul Gray Dies
Paul Gray, bass player for the GRAMMY-winning heavy metal band Slipknot, died Monday in Des Moines, Iowa. No cause of death was provided. He was 38 years old. Gray, often referred to as "#2" or "the Pig," co-founded Skipknot in 1995 with drummer Joey Jordison and percussionist Shawn "Clown" Crahan. In 2005 the band won a GRAMMY Award for Best Metal Performance for "Before I Forget" and their 2008 release All Hope Is Gone reached No. 1 on the Billboard 200. "Paul Gray had a passion for music and a flair for the theatrical," said Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow. "The heavy metal world has lost an immense talent. Our deepest condolences go out to his family, his friends, and the fans that have too soon lost one of their heroes." (5/25)