Though he's made seven appearances on the GRAMMY stage, the performance that most stands out for GRAMMY winner Justin Timberlake is his collaboration alongside fellow GRAMMY winner Al Green at the 51st GRAMMY Awards, which turned out to be a last-minute collaboration that got Green out of the bathtub.
Watch Timberlake and other artists discuss the most memorable performances in GRAMMY history on the TV special "GRAMMYs Greatest Stories: A 60th Anniversary Special," airing Friday, Nov. 24 from 9–11 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.
Yah! What a night. What a night. Thank you very much. Thank you to the Academy. What a blessing. What a privilege to make songs, that our job is to make songs, communicate through music. Thank you very much Universal Music, Sony/ATV, Sebastian Cris, to all involved in this song, to this woman who I have on my left, Erika Ander, the co-author of Despacito. To Daddy Yankee, the co-author of Despacito. Thank you. Thank you. I share this award with all of the nominees. With all of the people that live the music. Long live the music in Spanish!
Without boundaries, without languages, and without walls. Thank you Fonsi for demonstrating your grandeur that in the arts we don’t compete, we share. For a stronger Puerto Rico and a kiss, Panama.
Rubén Blades accepts the Latin GRAMMY for Album Of The Year for Salsa Big Band with the Roberto Delgado & Orquesta at the 18th Latin GRAMMY Awards on Nov. 16, 2017, in Las Vegas.
"Good Evening. I am absolutely surprised. Sincerely, and very grateful to the people that made this possible. But I want to say what I said previously when we won the Salsa Album. … Success is never one person's material. I have had the luck and the common sense to work with people who know more than I do and that are better than me. … I'm embarrassed in some ways because I know the talent that is here, and casually I said, 'I feel badly when one wins and maybe the one who loses feels worse.' But sometimes when one wins you also feel badly because you don't want anyone to lose. And in reality here, there are no losers. So this award we dedicate to all of the artistic class, to Latin America, to Panama, of course. To our orchestra, to Roberto Delgado, who is responsible for all of these arrangements. To this band who has made this honor possible. To the guys who are working with us on the recordings in the tiny recording studio where we work, but where there is a big heart. To all of the people who have collaborated. For example, Roman DeLaGuardia, who made all of the graphic designs. The guy, the Argentinian Daniel, who is [doing] the mastering. I know that I am going to forget to thank all of the people I am supposed to thank, but this is an award that truly surprises us. We are so grateful in the name of Panama and all of the artistic class. So thank you very much."
"Hello, it's my first Latin GRAMMY. The first time ... it's fair to cry, it's the first time, yes! Thank you very much: Manú Jalil, Lalo Del Aguila and Allan — we made this record together. To all of the work team, the record company. To Juanes, for being so generous and for singing with me. I am very nervous. I don't know what else to say. Thank you very much and I am very happy, [fellow] colleagues. I feel honored that you have voted for my song. Thank you."
Vicente García accepts the Latin GRAMMY for Best Singer-Songwriter Album for A La Mar at the 18th Latin GRAMMY Awards on Nov. 16, 2017, in Las Vegas.
"I am very happy and excited. I want to dedicate this award to my country, [my] fountain of infinite inspiration, [and] also to Juan Luis Guerra who has been for me a constant inspiration. I don't know what to say. I am very excited. Thank you to the Academy, Eduardo Cabra, John Blaze [and] Wendell for working [from] the heart. … And … to all the people that helped me make this record. A million thanks."
Flor De Toloache accept the Latin GRAMMY for Best Ranchero/Mariachi Album for Las Caras Lindas at the 18th Latin GRAMMY Awards on Nov. 16, 2017, in Las Vegas.
"Oh my God. Oh my God. Thank you very much. Oh my God, I don't even know what to say. Daddy, Mommy, we did it! Thank you very much to the Academy. Thank you. I want to dedicate this to Puerto Rico, to the lovely faces — Titequere Alonso, to Mahelo. Long live Mexico too, to the tradition. Thank you. Thank you to all the women that came before us. All the women that are coming up — we love and support you. Thank you to all of the beautiful women of Flor De Toloache and my family and friends. We love you all. Thank you [to] our fans. Thank you to the Academy. Thank you [to] our producer. Thanks." — Mireya I. Ramos
Watch Puerto Rican Eduardo Cabra accept Producer Of The Year at the 18th Latin GRAMMY Awards on Nov. 16, 2017, in Las Vegas.
"Wow. Today is a crazy day. Today my son has a birthday, and this is happening, you know [it's] a very special day. I want to show my gratitude towards the technicians, to all the musicians with whom I've shared the stage with [and] with whom I've shared the studio with — the one who picks up a cable to the one who is sitting next to the console. All of those people are teachers. One is constantly learning from all of the people that affect you being onstage or [in] the recording studio. They are all teachers — really, thank you very much for your education, teachings, and your tales. In addition, I want to thank the Academy. Really, this is super neat that this is happening … thank you. And thank you to the projects [on] which I collaborated this year. They were incredible projects, incredible foundations. We had a blast in the studio. I think that's what it's all about: have fun, have a good time. I had a blast during those five jobs. Thanks to Joan. Thanks to Wendell for all of the hours we spent together in the studio. [I'm] truly thankful. Take care." — Eduardo Cabra
Residente – née René Pérez – took home the Latin GRAMMY for Best Urban Music Album, for his solo debut Residente, at the 18th Latin GRAMMY Awards. It was his sixth win in the category, and 23rd career Latin GRAMMY win.
"I want you to know that urban music has to do with not dressing like a rapper and a bandana and firearms," Pérez said in his acceptance speech. "But with telling the story of what happens around us without fear and total honesty."
Thank you for this. There are so many people that I have to thank for this starting with my family who stood by me and supported me for 2 years because this album took me 2 years to complete. To my country, Puerto Rico which I love that doesn’t get up because its always been on its feet. To the producers that worked that worked like Rafa and Jeff that worked hard with me. To all of the countries that I visited Burkina Faso, Ghana, Siberia and I forget all of them but there were lots of them. Thank you for this, and I want you to know that Urban music has to do with not dressing like a rapper and a bandana, and firearms but with telling the story of what happens around us without fear and total honesty. Thank you!
Natalia Lafourcade accepts the Latin GRAMMY for Best Folk Album for Musas (Un Homenaje Al Folclore Latinoamericano En Manos De Los Macorinos, Vol. 1) at the 18th Latin GRAMMY Awards on Nov. 16, 2017, in Las Vegas.
"Wow. Hi everyone. We are very excited. I am very grateful. I have next to me, two great men, the Macorinos, I wanted to collaborate on this project to reconnect with myself and reconnect with music, folklore [and] the composers that I admire [and] with Mexico [and] with Latin America. I felt it was necessary to unveil the music and return it to that … intimate space of heart and soul and, fortunately, this spread to my team. This spread to our producers, Gustavo Guerrero [and] Checha Lara. It spread to my management team, to Queta, Kevin [and] Carlos. It spread to my record company, my family [and] my record company that indulge [my] crazy whims. …
"There they are, and they tell me, "Let's go forward." [Thank you to] the team of people that have been behind this Musas [album] that we completed. And [to] my men, my Macorinos: What I most wanted was [for] the world [to] remember them always for how pleasant they are. … Thank you very much.
"Well, I only want to say that I am asking that Queta Calderon gives me a pinch because I don't know if I am dreaming or if what's happening right now. … Many thanks to Natalia for inviting us to participate in this production at this point in the game. I've asked her, "Why did you consider us? We almost triple your age." She said, "I simply want your experience. I want to share it." And I feel very honored to receive this award from Natalia and share it. Thank you. And finally, I would like to dedicate this award to all of my colleagues that are in this same folk category, that we know have a long journey. They too are winning this award. May folklore live, and may our roots live! Let's feel proud about what we have. Thanks to the Academy."
Vicente García accepts the Latin GRAMMY for Best Singer-Songwriter Album for A La Mar at the 18th Latin GRAMMY Awards on Nov. 16, 2017, in Las Vegas.
"I feel happy and honored. I feel that with this award, I should celebrate, but I also have a responsibility to make music with dignity — make music that represents our countries, Latin America and above all my Dominican Republic where I'm from. Thank you."
Juanes has won the Latin GRAMMY for Best Pop/Rock Album, for Mis Planes Son Amarte, at the 18th Latin GRAMMY Awards.
Wow. Thank you very much to everyone really. To the Academy for this recognition. Bull, Nene, Sky, wherever you are, many, many thanks. Jesus Lopez [and] all of the family at Universal Music. Rebeca Leon, Lionfish [Entertainment]. To my wife who is the channel to my life. My children at home — Luna, Paloma and Dante — to my mother, Alicia. Colombia, this is for you. I'm here because of you and for you I'll be here until the end. To Rafa, Henry. To the team that's always with us. Many thanks to the band that accompanies me. Many, many thanks. Happy!
Panamanian singer/songwriter, composer, actor, activist, and bandleader Rubén Blades has won the Latin GRAMMY for Best Salsa Album, for Salsa Big Band.
Good Evening ... hold this, it's heavy! Very good evening. First, thank you to the Academy for the invitation that we received to be here and form part of this event. Thank you to all who voted for us. Thank you also to Roberto Delgado and the orchestra for an excellent record. Thank you Orosmán de la Guardia, [who] created the graphic design [for] the covers. And also [to] the engineers: Nacho, Molino, Paolo, and Daniel. And we also want to give thanks to Panama, [which] has always been our inspiration. So in the name of Panama and the national artistic class, we accept this award. This is Roberto Delgado — he created the arrangements. Thank you, thank you. Thank you, like always, to Ruben for giving me the opportunity to work the arrangements of this production and be his musical director for the past seven years. Thank you to the technicians, Paolo, Daniel, Nacho, [and] all of the musicians that participated. And I want to dedicate this to Panama [and] to my family that is here — my wife, my children — and my province, Chiriquí. Long live!
Luis Fonsi accepts Record Of The Year for "Despacito" at the 18th Latin GRAMMY Awards.
"Good Evening! A very good evening to all. Thank you very much. This award is [about] teamwork. Record Of The Year involves many people. Come, come guys, the producers of "Despacito": Please, this is yours too. Come here, come here. Thank you very much, father God. Thank you very much to the Academy. Thank you very much. Before anything, teamwork. Daddy Yankee, thank you very much for joining "Despacito." You're big Daddy Yankee. Thank you, Erika Ender. Thank you to my producers from Colombia … Andresito Torres, Mauricio — I love him. Thank you to everyone involved — to the engineers, to all the people that get the credit but are part of the success. Thank you Universal Music [and] Jesus Lopez. Thank you to my management, Tony Mojena. Thank you to my family that are watching me from home: my wife, and my two children that I love so much, Mikaela [and] Rocco. I love you so much. This is for Puerto Rico. Long live Puerto Rico."
"Listen up. Thank you. Thank you. I am going to say some abnormal words. First, I give thanks to the Academy. … I want to remind the whole world … that art has nothing to do with figures. We, the artists, are not numbers, we are not figures, we are not data. We do things that we feel and we throw it out to the scene because we feel it with total honesty, and that's what we are rewarding here. So please, please to the whole world, stop posting the amount of followers, the amount of views, the amount of things, and start talking more about the music, about the producers, and who produced the music — the lyrics, which is what is lacking. Long live Puerto Rico. … To all of the urban people, the rappers for real, the MCs that give it all to the rhyme: Thank you for inspiring me. Kase.O, thank you. To the whole world, thank you with all my heart." — Residente
Get on your dancing shoes, find the nearest disco ball and get ready to mimic John Travolta's unforgettable dance moves to one of the most classic soundtracks of all time. In 1977 Saturday Night Fever earned the Bee Gees (brothers Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb) a smash-hit album that went on to earn four GRAMMYs, including Album Of The Year, at the 21st GRAMMY Awards, earning a place in music history.
GRAMMY-winning R&B quartet 112 share the story on how their sixth studio album, Q Mike Slim Daron — their first since 2005's Pleasure & Pain — is a statement of who they are today.
"This album right here is probably [our] most well-versed album," says Marvin "Slim" Scandrick. "You're definitely hearing all four members, and we think that's one of our stronger attributes."
Bruno Mars reminisces about his electric tribute to Prince at the 59th GRAMMY Awards in 2017, a moment he pulled off with uncanny aplomb. "[We wanted] to lift the spirits up in the room and show the power of what one Prince song can do, let alone his incredible catalog," said Mars.
Watch Mars and other artists discuss the most memorable performances in GRAMMY history on the TV special "GRAMMY Greatest Stories," airing Friday, Nov. 24 from 9–11 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.
Ringo Starr's tom action on "Come Together." Any of Buddy Rich's insane solos. John Bonham's phat groove on "Kashmir." That fill in Phil Collins' "In The Air Tonight." Dave Grohl's thunderous backbeat that drives "Smells Like Teen Spirit." Anderson .Paak's mad skills on "Am I Wrong." Think of your favorite artist and chances are there's a cool drum moment tucked somewhere in their catalog.
In honor of National Drumming Day on Nov. 15, the Recording Academy joins in saluting "the human rhythm machines" out there who lay down the backbeat to the soundtrack of our lives.
On Oct. 24, 2017, the music community lost one of the original pioneers of rock and roll, Fats Domino. The New Orleans native masterminded hits throughout the '50s and '60s, including "Ain't That A Shame," "Blueberry Hill," "Blue Monday," "I'm Walkin'," and "Walking To New Orleans." In 1987 he was honored with the Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his creative accomplishments. He has four recordings in the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame.
In this exclusive GRAMMY.com interview, The War On Drugs' Adam Granduciel tells us about the guitar influences that shaped the sound and songs on the band's fourth studio album, A Deeper Understanding. Specifically, Granduciel recalls watching Neil Young wield his famous Gretsch White Falcon guitar with a Bigsby tremolo system from the side of the stage, and how it inspired him to make new types of guitar noises to serve his songs.
Jared Watson and David Foral of Huntington Beach-based reggae group Dirty Heads paid a visit to the Recording Academy's Santa Monica headquarters to discuss their upcoming record Swim Team.
"You realize after you've been doing this for 15 years that you can affect people with your music, and you can affect them in a positive way," explains Watson. "We went in with no expectations, and just got back to having fun."
Straight off her latest album, Younger Now, Miley Cyrus' beautiful tune "Malibu" sees the singer/songwriter going back to her roots with a smooth, stripped-down acoustic sound with just a hint of country. Watch as the GRAMMY nominee gives an intimate performance of the Top 10 hit song at Recording Academy headquarters in Santa Monica, Calif.
21 Savage's debut album, Issa Album, dropped in July and the Atlanta rapper has already racked up two No. 1 singles, making him one of the most sought-after rappers of today. In this exclusive Recording Academy interview, Savage tells us how he thinks Jay-Z has been able to stay relevant in hip-hop over the years.
"I had heard a lot about Maren and she was making a lot of noise clearly with her album," says Horan. "And I watched the GRAMMYs, she performs with Alicia Keys, she wins a GRAMMY. I'm like, 'That is right up my street there.'"
In this GRAMMY.com exclusive interview, Fall Out Boy speak to the current state of rock and roll, citing Kanye West and Axl Rose, and reveal how people often come to them as a form of "rock and roll oracle."
Fifth Harmony — Ally Brooke, Normani Kordei, Dinah Jane, and Lauren Jauregui — have raced up the charts and straight into the hearts of fans. About to embark on an international tour in support of their latest self-titled album, the quartet sat down with the Recording Academy to talk about what it means to be the biggest-selling girl group in a generation.
"That's just such an honor to be told that and to have been able to be part of it personally is really special," says Jauregui. "I'm so grateful to these girls and to what we've accomplished together because it's literally magical, what we've been through and what we have been able to create together and where we've been able to go together in our careers."
Over his career, the late Juan Gabriel wrote timeless hits such as "No Tengo Dinero," "Abrázame Muy Fuerte," "Amor Eterno," and "Siempre En Mi Mente," among others. Along the way, countless artists interpreted his songs, including Rocío Dúrcal, Marc Anthony, Ana Gabriel, Jenni Rivera, Maná, and Vicente Fernández. But how many songs did Juan Gabriel write in his lifetime?
13 year-old singer and songwriting phenom Grace VanderWaal sat down with the Recording Academy backstage at Austin City Limits 2017 after a rousing set before a massive audience to discuss what she calls “the most exciting moment” since winning seasons 11 of NBC’s “America’s Got Talent”: singing alongside her No. 1 musical hero, Jason Mraz.
“I’ve grown up with his music, and he inspires me so much,” she gushes.
Australian-born singer/songwriter Vance Joy (real name James Keogh) sat down with the Recording Academy at Austin City Limits 2017 to share the origin story of his newest single, the No. 1 charting “Lay It On Me.”
“There was lyric that I really wanted to use, ‘everything starts at your skin,’” Keogh reveals. “[It’s] the lyric I’m most proud of in that song.”
Allison Cosner, Meegan Closner, and Natalie Closner Schepman — the three Portland-based sisters comprising the folk/indie trio Joseph, sat down with the Recording Academy backstage at Austin City Limits 2017 and revealed their thought process behind the song "All," from their new EP, Stay Awake, as well as the reason they chose to include a cover of Tears For Fears' "Everybody Wants To Rule The World."
"It was one of those moments where you have a flash of lightning, and you already have a song in your lap,” explains Natalie regarding "All". "It was after having a conversation with my husband, where you're just talking about that moment, where you wake up, and you already feel the heaviness … we're holding all of this, but we carry on."
Rising country star Devin Dawson sat down with the Recording Academy at Austin City Limits 2017 to reveal the story behind "Dark Horse" — the title track from his upcoming debut album that almost didn’t happen.
"I feel like I'd tried to force it for so long, that I just kinda had to give up and let it come to me," Dawson admits. "And it finally came to me after the record was done."
In this exclusive GRAMMY.com interview, Southern California synth-pop trio MUNA discuss the most memorable reactions to their hit, "I Know A Place," which was written after the horrific mass shooting at a nightclub in Orlando in June 2016, and echoes with a familiar truth today as our country weathers the Oct. 1, 2017, mass shooting that took place during a concert in Las Vegas.
PJ Morton has a lot on his plate between performing, songwriting, producing, and playing keyboard with Maroon 5. In this exclusive Recording Academy interview, Morton talks about the best parts of moving back to his hometown of New Orleans, and how he has been able to reconnect with the creative harmony of the city for his latest album, Gumbo.
"There's a vibe of love in the city of New Orleans," says Morton. "As a musician, there's a sense of freedom when creating. The reason I was really able to lock down and block out all the noise was because New Orleans just wants you to make something special."
Watch 2017 MusiCares Person of the Year Tom Petty's full remarks at the tribute gala in his honor on Feb. 10 in Los Angeles in recognition of his extraordinary creative accomplishments and philanthropic endeavors. Petty tips his cap to artists such as the Beatles and Byrds while sharing memorable stories and anecdotes about his four-decade-plus career, including praise for his band, the Heartbreakers, a treasured birthday card he received from Johnny Cash and how the Traveling Wilburys' debut album ended up finding a home with Warner Bros. Records. Hosted by Ed Helms, the tribute concert featured performances by Elle King, Norah Jones, Foo Fighters, the Lumineers, Stevie Nicks, and Lucinda Williams, among others. Proceeds from the annual Person of the Year tribute — now in its 27th year — provide essential support for MusiCares, which ensures that music people have a place to turn in times of financial, medical and personal need.
In this exclusive GRAMMY.com interview, Gary Clark Jr. riffs on what he learned sharing the stage with his heroes Eric Clapton and Jimmie Vaughan. The GRAMMY-winning singer/songwriter also reveals how his collaboration with Junkie XL on a recent Beatles cover song "came together."
"Man, to be up there on stage with Jimmie Vaughan and Eric Clapton, going back and forth, sharing solos, it's amazing," says Clark. "It's also intimidating. I'm not as smooth or disciplined as a guitar player so I kind of gotta watch myself and not get a little bit too excited."
You probably know all about Santana's monumentally successful 1999 album, Supernatural. With smashes such as "Smooth" featuring Rob Thomas, the album sold more than 15 million copies and earned eight GRAMMYs and three Latin GRAMMYs. But which two songs from the album put the Mexican-born Carlos Santana in the GRAMMY record book?
Miley Cyrus stopped by the Recording Academy to talk about her sixth studio album, Younger Now. In an exclusive GRAMMY.com interview, she revealed the meaning behind the lyrics to "Rainbowland," a song she chose to sing as a duet with her "fairy godmother," Dolly Parton.
"We wanted to write a song that could really make a difference — that could speak to the current situation of not only our country but the world," Cyrus says of the track. "It's about being dedicated to making change."
In an exclusive GRAMMY.com interview, singer/songwriter Demi Lovato discusses how her first career GRAMMY nomination helped drive her new album, Tell Me You Love Me, which artists she'd like to collaborate with, and her passion for Jiu-Jitsu.
"I wanted to put our more music because I kinda got this renewed faith in my music after I got my GRAMMY nomination," says Lovato. "I think it was the recognition that I felt like I really needed in order to get inspired again."
In an exclusive GRAMMY.com interview, Drake Bell discusses the direction he took on his Honest EP and how his Latin fans helped inspire the song "Rewind."
"I have a big Latin following. I go down there and play in Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, and all these places," says Bell. "I think being down there and around that culture and hearing the music down there, it influenced "Rewind."
In an exclusive GRAMMY.com interview, Camila Cabello opens up about how the process of recording her debut album, The Hurting. The Healing. The Loving., due out Sept. 22, helped her learn about processing pain through music.
"I learned that the most important thing about pain and about going through a hard time is the only way to get through it is to get through it," says Cabello. "I feel like that's the lesson that this album taught me."
In an exclusive GRAMMY.com interview, Trombone Shorty explains why his newest album, Parking Lot Symphony, is different and what touring with the notoriously rambunctious Red Hot Chili Peppers is really like.
"I saw some videos before we went on the road — I thought they'd do some crazy stuff so I could try and steal those antics from them," jokes Trombone Shorty about touring with the Chili Peppers.
Pop singer/songwriter and actress Noah Cyrus shares insight into the song "Better Me" from her forthcoming album, NC-17. Originally written by her father, Billy Ray Cyrus, the song was re-written by Noah Cyrus and Dan Wilson to reflect a female perspective on the same subject.
"The song is about pushing pride aside, and being like, 'Alright, I see where I can change myself in this,'" Cyrus explains.