Lady Gaga to Jay Z: 9 GRAMMY winners from New York
New York is home to Wall Street, the Statue of Liberty, Times Square, and Broadway. And on Jan. 28, 2018, the city will serve as the home for the 60th GRAMMY Awards. New York has also been called home by some of the biggest stars in entertainment. It's no wonder everyone from Liza Minnelli and Frank Sinatra to Jay Z say if you can make it in New York, you can make it anywhere. Here's a list of nine GRAMMY-winning New Yorkers who did it their way.
Staten Island-born Christina Aguilera was a mainstay in New York City in the late '90s and early '00s as a frequent guest on MTV"s "Total Request Live," which listed her "Dirrty" as the show's fifth greatest video on its final countdown. A week after winning the Best Pop Duo/Group Performance GRAMMY with A Great Big World for "Say Something," the five-time GRAMMY winner returned to her home state for a New York-themed halftime performance at the 2015 NBA All-Star Game.
Marc Anthony's East Harlem neighborhood has definitely impacted his career. "Being from New York, there was Latin music in the house and salsa coming out of my brother's room," Anthony told The Latin Recording Academy when he was named their 2016 Person of the Year. "I'd go out in the street and it was Marvin Gaye and Gladys Knight and Aretha [Franklin]. I think I ended up being a melting pop of musical sensibilities." That melting pot has helped Anthony earn two GRAMMYs and five Latin GRAMMYs.
Though he may have left his heart in San Francisco, Tony Bennett performed for the first time in 1946 at Shangri-La nightclub in Astoria, Queens, the city in which he was born. It was all uphill from there, with Bennett earning 18 GRAMMYs to date. Several of his career achievements have featured nods to his hometown, including GRAMMY nominations for 1990's Astoria: Portrait Of The Artist and 2001's "New York State Of Mind" (with Billy Joel), and 1994's Album Of The Year GRAMMY winner MTV Unplugged, which was recorded at New York's Sony Studios.
Despite telling Complex she was "dropped here" as a "fairyland experience," Mariah Carey was born in Long Island. She began singing and writing songs at Harborfields High School in Greenlawn, N.Y., and her resulting career has been anything but fantasy, including a 1990 Best New Artist GRAMMY, a GRAMMY nomination for 1992's MTV Unplugged EP, which was recorded in Astoria Studios in Queens, and, most recently, an infamous New Year's Eve performance in Times Square, to which the five-time GRAMMY-winning diva jokingly responded: "S*** happens."
Producer/engineer/mixer Danger Mouse told The New York Times he was influenced by fellow New Yorker and GRAMMY winner Woody Allen, whose films taught him to take a "director's role within music." So far that approach has worked for Danger Mouse, who was born in White Plains. He's earned six GRAMMYs, including wins for solo projects, as one-half of Gnarls Barkley and his production for Adele, the Black Keys and his Broken Bells project.
With 21 GRAMMY wins, Jay Z is one of the top GRAMMY winners of all time and the top hip-hop artist from New York. (He's just two wins behind the top GRAMMY-winning New Yorker, John Williams). The Brooklyn rapper's GRAMMY-winning catalog is peppered with references to his hometown. From "Numb/Encore" to "Empire State Of Mind," his chart-topping collaboration with fellow New Yorker Alicia Keys, Hova has good reason to claim he's the King of New York.
Lady Gaga once tweeted she'd "bleed for [her] hometown." Thus it's no surprise the six-time GRAMMY winner, born in Manhattan as Stefani Germanotta, made the city of New York the subject of her 2011 hit "Marry The Night," which is featured on her Album Of The Year -nominated chart-topper, Born This Way. "New York is not just a tan that you'll never lose," Gaga sings. The 13-minute-plus video was shot throughout the city and was described as a "nod to New York downtown refinement."
From his stint on "Saturday Night Live" and his Brooklyn-based sitcom "Everybody Hates Chris" to his role as Pookie in 1991's New Jack City, Chris Rock is a New Yorker through and through. The South Carolina-born/Brooklyn-raised comedian can even be found sitting in the front row at Knicks games despite the team's inability to make the NBA Finals since 1999. Coincidentally, that was the same year Rock released his Best Spoken Comedy Album-winning Bigger And Blacker, which was recorded at Harlem's famed Apollo Theater.
New York has been good to Brooklyn native Barbra Streisand, beginning with her turn in the Broadway musicals "I Can Get It For You Wholesale" (1962) and "Funny Girl" (1964), the latter leading to her first Oscar win for her performance in the 1968 film adaptation. In 1963 she recorded her debut album, The Barbra Streisand Album, at Columbia's Studio A in New York City. It earned Babs an Album Of The Year GRAMMY, the first of eight GRAMMY wins, and launched a musical legacy that has resulted in GRAMMY Legend and Lifetime Achievement Awards.
Another bite out of the Big Apple
In addition to the artists above, these 12 multiple-GRAMMY winners also hail from New York: