Violinist Damien Escobar's journey is deeply inspiring, involving a rise to fame with his brother, a fall of hard luck and a surge of perseverance and hard work to restart his career as a solo artist. You can feel his passion for music—and life—in his performances. Luckily for you, he is the star in the third-ever episode of the Recording Academy's latest video series, Press Play, which will let you discover, get to know and love artists you may not have heard of yet through original performances.
The 19th Latin GRAMMY Awards were a big night for Spanish rising star Rosalía. The singer, who is recognized for bringing Spain's flamenco music to the world stage, won her first-ever GRAMMY awards and used her acceptance speech for the Best Fusion/ Urban Interpretation category to thank the women who paved the way for her.
The 19th Latin GRAMMY Awards have crowned Karol G as Best New Artist, giving the Colombian reggaeton artist her first win ever. The 27-year-old rising star took to the stage beaming ear-to-ear with her father to receive her award from GRAMMY-nominee Halsey. She shared her gratitude for being recognized for her music and the hard work she's put into it over the last five years.
In the Recording Academy's GRAMMY ReImagined video series artists bring a fresh take on classic GRAMMY-winning/-nominated songs by their favorite artists. The latest episode features singer/songwriter Kimberly Nichole, the self-proclaimed "Rock Ballerina," offering a passionate, soulful rendition of Soundgarden's GRAMMY-winning song "Black Hole Sun." The rising star brings new life to '90s rock classic that won Best Hard Rock Performance at the 37th GRAMMY Awards.
Michelle Zauner is only beginning to reveal the breadth and depth of her talents. She has released two albums as Japanese Breakfast that have caught quite a buzz for the Philadelphia-based singer/songwriter over the past two years. We caught up with Zauner recently to talk about her musical evolution and dissect her song "Boyish."
With Stewart Copeland on drums, Sting on bass and Andy Summers on guitar, the Police released Synchronicity in 1983, their fifth and final album together. Its songs were influenced by a book which speculated that paranormal events have a basis in physical nature. At the 26th GRAMMY Awards, Synchronicity gave rise to five GRAMMY nominations including Album Of The Year. In 2009 the album Synchronicity was inducted into the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame.
We sat down with GRAMMY-nominated singer/songwriter Elle King backstage at ACL to talk about her latest single, recording her new album right here in Texas, what she's currently listening to, and much more.
When the Lone Bellow's third album Walk Into A Storm was released in 2017, it was a relocation in more ways than just the trio's move to Nashville from Brooklyn. Produced by Dave Cobb, the album broke into the Billboard 200 for their third time in a row and appealed to a wider folk/country audience that developed from the band's initial roots in Americana. The band talks to us about how lightning struck in a bathroom at a Hampton Inn in Louisville, Kentucky, when Williams' personal note to his daughter became "May You Be Well," an album favorite for their audiences and fans.
In the Recording Academy's GRAMMY ReImagined video series artists bring a fresh take on classic GRAMMY-winning/-nominated songs by their favorite artists. The latest episode features sultry singer/songwriter Donna Missal offering a powerful, heartfelt rendition of the Goo Goo Dolls' GRAMMY-nominated song "Iris." The up-and-comer, who recently released her debut LP This Time, brings new life to the song that took over the alt-rock airwaves in the late-'90s and was nominated for Record Of The Year and Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With A Vocal at the 41st GRAMMY Awards.
Two giants in their respective crafts, John Prine and Bill Murray, swap songs and stories about the early days in Chicago crossing paths with the likes of John Belushi, Steve Goodman and Kris Kristofferson. In this intimate Up Close & Personal conversation presented by the Recording Academy Nashville Chapter, the duo also talk as songwriting, improvisational comedy, record deals, friendship, and more.
The young singer/songwriter Victory Boyd has a fairytale-like discovery story, going from performing in Central Park everyday with her family, to garnering the attention of none other than Jay-Z, who signed her and her siblings to Roc Nation. Boyd is featured in the first ever episode of the Recording Academy's latest video series, Press Play, which will help you discover and get to know artists you may not have yet heard of through original performances. She performs "Weatherman," which she wrote for her debut album, Broken Instrument. The song is a metaphor for the challenges we experience in a lifetime.
GRAMMY-winning R&B songstress Estelle recently sat down to play a round of One Take, GRAMMY.com's rapid-fire question game that challenges your favorite artists to see how many questions about life, music and everything in between they can answer in just 60 seconds. You'll learn about her musical tastes, if she prefers sweets or salty foods and the toughest question of all: Michael Jackson or Tina Turner?
Shawn Mendes has come a long way since covering songs on YouTube as a teen. From releasing hit after hit—"Treat You Better," "There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back," "In My Blood" to name a few—to performing with Justin Timberlake, the singer/songwriter has continued to evolve as an artist and shown the world his talent as a singer and guitarist. The pop sensation stopped by the GRAMMY Museum in Los Angeles for an intimate conversation and performance, but before that he spoke with the Recording Academy about who he'd love to sing with next, how he loves to connect with his fans and what he misses about the days he would cover other artist's songs.
There's been a lot of buzz around British R&B sensation Ella Mai this year, as her incredibly catchy "Boo'd Up" was one of the biggest songs of the summer in the U.S. She sat down with the Recording Academy to tell us a little more about the positive effects of the success of "Boo'd Up" instilling hometown pride in London, how she'd love to work with Khalid (who had a cameo in the song's music video), how her style is very inspired by the '90s and early-2000s, and a bit about her new music.
Jermaine Dupri stopped by the GRAMMY Museum on Sept. 20 to kick off of its newest exhibit, Jermaine Dupri & So So Def: 25 Years of Elevating Culture. Dupri, who wore a three piece plaid suit and tinted aviator shades to the event, has major swag, or as he put it, is pretty "fresh." We chatted with him to learn more about the first album he ever bought (it was a 12-inch, not a CD), his favorite part of the new exhibit, the most game-changing song he's worked on, and more.
From GRAMMY and Latin GRAMMY awards to the Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement award, Salsa Queen legend Celia Cruz is no doubt a part Recording Academy history. Take a look back at some of the moments she's made throughout the years.
You've heard the bounce beat or bounce icons like Big Freedia and the late Magnolia Shorty on Beyoncé's "Formation" and Drake's "In My Feelings." Now, the Recording Academy's original music travel series On Location will take you to the birthplace of it all: New Orleans.
What does it take to throw a concert? From the DJ and live band to the venue and the onstage visuals and even down to wardrobe, you love to watch your favorite artists live, but what goes into making the spectacular sets and intimate vibes? How much does an artist prepare to deliver an experience? For Hussle's show, it comes down to using both a live band and a DJ, the cost of a video wall, the amount of time he takes to do his sound check, the chains he decides to rock and more.
If you are still bummed that you were not one of the 200 lucky fans who got to be in the audience for the GRAMMY Museum's recent intimate conversation with K-pop wonderboys BTS, there's a silver-lining in that grey cloud lingering over your head. The boys of BTS get in-depth with Scott Goldman, the museum's Artistic Director, about the creative process, breaking records, the responsibility they feel as artists, their special relationship with their fans, and more.
Winner of 18 GRAMMY Awards, Aretha Franklin died on Aug. 16, 2018 leaving a musical legacy like none other. Recipient of the GRAMMY Legend Award and the Recording Academy's Lifetime Achievement Award, her philanthropy was recognized with the 2008 MusiCares Person Of The Year honor and many of her recordings have been inducted in the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame. Relive some of her best GRAMMY moments, because as the Queen of Soul said herself, "This is so good."
Watch the film celebrating the commitment and passion of a community of music creators as they bring a song to life. Together, #WeAreMusic.
Join host Charlie Travers as she digs into the rich musical and cultural of the city that has something for everyone: Los Angeles. Much more than just the glitz and glam of Hollywood, Travers visits some of L.A.'s most fascinating places, including a hair salon/record store hybrid, a rock club turned surf shop, a stylish boutique, the Santa Monica mountains, and more. See it all here in the latest episode of On Location.