The Recording Academy today announced its official sponsors for this year's 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards. Delta Air Lines, Harman, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Hyundai, MasterCard, People, Pepsi, Procter & Gamble (CoverGirl, Olay and Venus), Waste Management, and Dial Global Radio are all supporters of this year's GRAMMY Awards and GRAMMY Week events.
"With our most dynamic and exciting lineup of marketing partners to date, the GRAMMYs continue to reach new heights," said Evan Greene, Chief Marketing Officer of The Recording Academy. "With so many engaged partners committed to driving innovation, we are expanding our GRAMMY message farther and wider than ever before, and together we continue to redefine marketing possibilities."
Delta Air Lines returns for the fifth year as the "official airline sponsor" of The Recording Academy and GRAMMY Awards. Beginning in January, Delta flights spotlighted in-flight GRAMMY programming consisting of a dedicated GRAMMY radio channel featuring past Record Of The Year-winning recordings. In March Delta will also begin featuring the 2012 GRAMMY Nominees album on its flights. This year Delta provided an opportunity for fans of the Delta Facebook page to be a part of the excitement while attending this year's GRAMMY Awards. Throughout the year Delta will continue to include GRAMMY-inspired programming on entertainment-equipped flights, furthering the brand's support and association with music and its makers.
Harman returns for a fourth year as the "official sound partner" of the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards and title sponsor of the exclusive Pre-GRAMMY Gala, produced by Clive Davis and The Recording Academy. Harman Chairman Dinesh Paliwal will host VIPs at the Pre-GRAMMY Gala and Harman will highlight its newest products at GRAMMY Week events, allowing the music industry to interact with their state-of-the-art home, automotive and professional audio products. Harman's brands AKG Acoustics GmbH and JBL Professional were recognized by The Recording Academy with Technical GRAMMY Awards in 2010 and 2005, respectively, for excellence in technology innovation.
A partner for more than 20 years, Hilton Hotels & Resorts once again gave its team members and guests from across the globe the opportunity to attend this year's GRAMMY Awards. Team members submitted videos showing why they are a rock star for a chance to attend Music's Biggest Night. HHonors members were given the opportunity to bid their HHonors points for a once-in-a-lifetime travel package to attend various GRAMMY Week events. Hilton then donated the cash equivalent of the total points to the GRAMMY Foundation. Hilton asked guests to tell them about their music-inspired trip through the Go To The GRAMMYs contest on Facebook where one lucky guest will win a trip to the 55th GRAMMY Awards in 2013. For the second year, the flagship brand of Hilton Worldwide is a sponsor of the GRAMMY.com Community Blogger program and this year, Hilton has become one of the title partners of the exclusive Pre-GRAMMY Gala, which is held at the Beverly Hilton.
One of this year's new partners is Hyundai, the "official vehicle partner" of the GRAMMY Awards. Hyundai will have its Sonata Hybrid on display for GRAMMY attendees to see and interact with as they enter and exit the show and head to the official GRAMMY Celebration after-party. Inside the after-party, Hyundai will feature its award-winning Equus for guests to view and they will also provide guests with luxury lounges equipped with cigars and a gaming area.
After recently renewing its overall partnership with The Recording Academy and GRAMMY Awards, MasterCard has returned as the "official financial services and payment sponsor" of the GRAMMYs. Each year MasterCard hosts contest winners from around the world, giving them a truly up close and personal "priceless" experience with a variety of festivities. This year MasterCard cardholders will attend the exclusive Pre-GRAMMY Gala and accommodated with the best seats in the house during the GRAMMY telecast and have access to experience Priceless Lounges both during the GRAMMYs and during the GRAMMY Celebration after-party. The winners' experiences will be shared through MasterCard's social media properties, and for the first time MasterCard will also give Los Angeles residents a chance to have a "priceless" seat on the red carpet in the MasterCard Grandstand. MasterCard's partnership also includes support for the star-studded Pre-GRAMMY Gala and official GRAMMY Celebration after-party. For the third year, MasterCard will present the Celebration's Jazz Lounge featuring members of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra playing Latin-inspired jazz to complement this year's "Carnival" theme.
Long-time Academy partner People magazine returns as the "official print media partner" of the GRAMMY Awards for the eighth consecutive year. In addition to People's extensive coverage of all GRAMMY Week events, a special GRAMMY wrap-up issue will be available for readers the week of Feb. 18, providing exciting coverage, including interviews from their People.com position on the red carpet.
Pepsi, the "official beverage partner" of the GRAMMY Awards, is a new partner that has brought a unique experience to its consumers and music fans everywhere. In partnership with The Recording Academy and Pandora, Pepsi presented an exclusive "Best New Artist" video series on Pandora.com. Pepsi has always been known for its involvement with music and this year, in addition to the Best New Artist video series, presented a 5 Questions With … series on GRAMMY.com that gives online fans the opportunity to discover potential GRAMMY nominees and winners.
Another new partner this year is Procter & Gamble, highlighting CoverGirl, Olay and Venus. This partnership brings the "beauty" back to GRAMMY sponsorships along with a large digital component. CoverGirl, Olay and Venus kicked off GRAMMY Week on Monday with the inaugural GRAMMY Glam event, and GRAMMY.com has curated the beauty conversation online at www.glam.grammy.com. The conversation began the night the GRAMMY nominations were revealed on Nov. 30 and included the opportunity for guests to take "glam" photos at “The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live!! — Countdown To Music’s Biggest Night” that were uploaded to the official GRAMMY Facebook page. The beauty conversation that took place from nominations through GRAMMY Week will be highlighted on GRAMMY.com and on the GRAMMYs' social sites via the hashtag #GRAMMYGlam.
For the fourth year, Waste Management is the "official recycling partner" of The Recording Academy and GRAMMY Awards. Waste Management continues to support The Recording Academy throughout the year — raising and reinforcing member and consumer awareness regarding the importance of responsibly recycling electronics and engaging in consistent recycling behaviors at home, at work and "on-the-go." Waste Management co-presented The Sound Of Social Change Summit with The Recording Academy — a thought-provoking conversation that took place on Feb. 10. In addition, Waste Management will provide guests an engaging Recycling Rocks lounge at the GRAMMY Celebration after-party featuring a DJs, an interactive photo booth and iconic artist scenery.
Dial Global Radio Network will produce its annual "Backstage at the GRAMMYs" radio remotes, bringing in radio stations from across America, as well as radio stations from various countries around the globe, to broadcast live from GRAMMY rehearsals. Dial Global will help promote this year's telecast and various GRAMMY Week events throughout its network programming.
The 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards will be held on Sunday, Feb. 12 at Staples Center in Los Angeles and will be broadcast in HDTV and 5.1 surround sound on the CBS Television Network from 8–11:30 p.m. (ET/PT). The show will be supported on radio via Westwood One worldwide, and covered online at GRAMMY.com and CBS.com — including three days of GRAMMY Live coverage — and on CBS.com.
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