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.
Watch the third annual "GRAMMY Salute To Music Legends" in collaboration with PBS' "Great Performances" series on Oct.5. The all-star concert will feature rare performances by honorees and special renditions by the artists they've inspired. The concert will air at 9 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 5 (check your local listings.)
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 haven't heard of Hayley Kiyoko, you will. The multi-talented and charismatic singer/songwriter is breaking the pop mold in a way all her own with her debut album, Expectations. The rising star recently stopped by our headquarters 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.
Hozier's latest offering, an EP and its title track, "Nina Cried Power" featuring soul legend Mavis Staples, traces an even deeper through-line into music's past. We spoke with Hozier backstage at Austin City Limits prior to his Friday set to hear how "Nina Cried Power" came together, his thoughts on ACL and what is currently spinning in his timeless playlist.
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.
Londoner Freya Ridings is used to keeping it real. She began distributing her songs and performances digitally in 2017, winning a following for the pure-toned heartache in her voice and for recordings of her live performances. But her song "Lost Without You" broke the mold, bringing its enveloping sense of loss straight from her imagination. "I always write from personal experience," says Ridings — but this was an exception. "It's never actually happened, and it really affected me."
New Orleans-based group Tank and the Bangas have a sound influenced by their hometown, blending hip-hop, jazz, funk, soul and even a little bit rock, but it's truly all their own. In their latest single, "Smoke.Netflix.Chill," released on April 20, they brought their playful vibes led by Tarriona "Tank" Ball's upbeat rap and spoken word verses over a laid-back, floating beat.
Bandmates Ball, Norman Spence, Joshua Johnson and Albert Allenback sat down with the Recording Academy to tell us a little more about how they vibe together as a group while touring, as well as how "Smoke.Netflix.Chill" came to be.
The Recording Academy New York Chapter and the Producers & Engineers Wing joined forces to host a special Craft Session event featuring St. Vincent and legendary mixing engineer Tom Elmhirst at Electric Lady Studios. In a Q&A, the singer/songwriter described the magic moments behind the microphone that resulted in her 2017 album Masseduction, which Elmhirst helped create at the historic studios originally built by Jimi Hendrix. The two addressed the new evolution of recording technology that makes it possible to capture great performances wherever they occur.
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."
Nevermind was released on Sept. 24, 1991, and vaulted Nirvana – and the grunge sound and style – straight into the mainstream, earning the band their first hit single with the GRAMMY-nominated "Smells Like Teen Spirit." Nirvana would only release two more albums before Cobain's tragic suicide on April 5, 1994, but the music they made together would have a lasting impact on other musicians and their fans for years to come.
GRAMMY-winning artist Kacey Musgraves 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 favorite meal, the funniest person she knows, and her favorite album cover. She also reveals the first song she ever wrote and more.
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.
The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars was released June 16, 1972, David Bowie's fifth studio album and perhaps most widely recognizable and identifiable project. Visually, the character of Ziggy Stardust would become emblazoned in the memory of pop culture history. Musically, he had the rock and roll universe began to sing along to something entirely new.
Lollapalooza arrives year after year at summer's peak to celebrate music with one of the most can't-miss festivals. This year, the Recording Academy was on-the-ground in Grant Park for exclusive interviews and backstage access, bringing you insight from a wide variety of artists. Whether you're a fan of EDM, rock, pop, hip-hop, or R&B, there was something for everyone on this year's lineup, and we were there to capture the action.
Right before she rocked the stage at Lollapalooza, Lizzo stopped by to talk about her upcoming set, the new music she's working on, and how Drag Race changed her career.
We tracked down GRAMMY-nominated singer/songwriter James Bay backstage at Lollapalooza, to ask him about his newly released cover of Tina Turner's "The Best," the new slew of influences who informed the sound of his sophomore album, the story behind "Pink Lemonade," and more.
If you've been hearing Valee's name everywhere lately, you're not alone. The Chicago rapper's stock skyrocketed after his mixtape 1988 put him on the map last year. Following his set at Lollapalooza, Valee came through to talk about his latest project, GOOD Job, You Found Me, his love for the smooth-voiced Sade and more.
At only 16-years-old and with a headlining tour selling out in just 60 seconds, Billie Eilish is taking the music industry by storm. We visited the Lollpalooza newcomer to talk about her forthcoming debut LP, radio show, and billion streaming milestone.
Indie pop-duo Freedom Fry 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 their favorite place to listen to music, their favorite book, favorite place to visit in France, and the last song they listened to. They also reveal their favorite song from the '70s, best city to play on tour and whether they prefer cassettes or vinyl.
Six albums into her remarkable career, Brandi Carlile's voice and songs are more expressive and exceptional than ever. We visited with the GRAMMY-nominated singer/songwriter backstage at Newport Folk Festival to talk about her latest album, By The Way, I Forgive You, her thoughts on forgiveness and the story behind "The Joke."
This year's Newport Folk Festival saw a wide variety of movers and shakers, all coming together as a family in the name of great music. Come on in with the Recording Academy as we take you backstage to catch up with the festival's biggest attractions, up-and-coming folksters, surprise guests, and musical legends. Welcome home.
Valerie June turned heads a couple times over the weekend at this year's Newport Folk Festival with her soulful Saturday set and again on Sunday night as part of Jon Batiste's Songs For Change spectacular. The Memphis, Tenn., native stopped by to see the Recording Academy backstage to talk about why the annual festival feels so much like home and to tell the story of how she wrote "Astral Plane."