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.