Join the Recording Academy Washington D.C. Chapter for a very special Up Close & Personal with trailblazer and true media legend, Donnie Simpson. To mark his 2020 induction into the Radio Hall of Fame, Jimmy Jam sits down with his longtime friend to discuss Donnie’s 40+ year career in broadcasting.
3:30 p.m. PT / 7:30 p.m. ET
Link to watch coming soon!
The Recording Academy® is kicking off GRAMMY® Week with a virtual celebration on International Women’s Day — Women In The Mix® — to recognize the contributions of women in music and amplify the female voices across the industry. Highlighting producers, engineers, artists, and executives, this program champions women who set the tone for their own communities and work to close gender gaps on and offstage. Following in the footsteps of the Recording Academy’s Women In The Mix Pledge launched in 2019, the event will spotlight female producers and engineers in the music industry while encouraging and facilitating mentorship between established women in the industry and aspiring female music professionals. Panels, discussions and performances will be announced in the coming weeks.
The virtual event will be hosted on GRAMMY.com. This event is open to the public and no RSVP or registration is needed.
Confirmed participants include:
Hosted by the BMC Executive Sponsor Jeriel Johnson, the virtual program is packed with unforgettable performances by some of today's biggest stars, powerful fireside chats with cultural icons and mogul moments from Black Music royalty.
The event will feature performances by GRAMMY Award-winning artists Yolanda Adams, H.E.R., PJ Morton, and first-time GRAMMY nominated rapper and producer duo Freddie Gibbs & Alchemist. In addition to performances, the event will feature intimate reflections from industry moguls, including Executive Vice President of Business & Legal Affairs for North America for Universal Music Group Jeff Harleston; songwriting maverick Jimmy Jam; legendary record producer Quincy Jones; former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of BET Networks and businesswoman Debra Lee; Chair and Interim President/CEO of the Recording Academy Harvey Mason jr.; and BMC Chair and Atlantic Records Executive Riggs Morales. Lastly, fireside chats regarding the Black experience in the wake of social justice will be led by Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer of the Recording Academy Valeisha Butterfield Jones; Los Angeles Chapter Governor and recording artist John Legend; renowned activist Tamika D. Mallory; singer-songwriter Janelle Monáe; and actor, writer and producer Issa Rae.
The topics that will be discussed during the programming include the Impact of Black Music, The Culture Shifting Power of Black Music, Impact of Black Women in Music, and the Power, Purpose, and Progress of the State of Black Music.
This virtual event will be hosted live on GRAMMY.com. This event is open to the public and no RSVP or registration is needed.