Alicia Keys To Be Honored At 2015 GRAMMYs On The Hill Awards
Music and politics will unite at the 2015 GRAMMYs on the Hill Awards on April 15 at The Hamilton in Washington, D.C., where GRAMMY-winning artist/songwriter/producer Alicia Keys will be presented with the Recording Artists' Coalition Award, an award named for the artists' rights program founded by Don Henley and Sheryl Crow. House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and ranking member of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) will also be honored for their support and understanding of music creators' unique role in American life.
The Recording Academy works year-round to advocate for music makers in Washington, D.C., and nationwide. The Academy was instrumental in recent legislation that allows working musicians to carry their instruments onto commercial flights, and has advocated for new rules that would compel radio stations to pay artists and audio professionals for airing their music. The Academy has also been a prime voice for the music-maker community as the U.S. Copyright Office has compiled a study on music licensing that could impact future copyright law.
Five-time GRAMMY nominee Hunter Hayes will be the master of ceremonies for the GRAMMYs on the Hill Awards. Other members of the recording industry set to attend include GRAMMY-winning R&B and pop producer Rodney Jerkins; Texas singer/songwriter Robert Earl Keen; GRAMMY-nominated rock singer/songwriter Eddie Money; GRAMMY-winning singer/songwriter Ray Parker Jr.; and GRAMMY-winning jazz and gospel saxophonist Kirk Whalum, in addition to Washington luminaries and policymakers.
"We are proud to honor Alicia Keys for her artistry, philanthropy and her passion for creators' rights as a founding member of the Academy's brand-new GRAMMY Creators Alliance,'' said Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow. ''We know that she will bring the same dedication to creators' rights as she does to her music and global philanthropic efforts.''
Portnow added, "The Academy is also pleased to honor House leaders Goodlatte and Nadler for their unflagging support of intellectual property, and we look forward to another incredible evening in our nation's capital."