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10 Things We Learned At "An Evening With LeAnn Rimes" At The GRAMMY Museum
LeAnn Rimes speaks at the GRAMMY Museum event "An Evening With LeAnn Rimes."

PHOTO: Courtesy of the Recording Academy™️/photo by Rebecca Sapp, Getty Images© 2022

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10 Things We Learned At "An Evening With LeAnn Rimes" At The GRAMMY Museum

At the GRAMMY Museum special public program, country music star Leann Rimes switched from cracking jokes to hitting high notes effortlessly.

GRAMMYs/Jun 3, 2022 - 04:10 pm

During the first week of the GRAMMY Museum’s The Power of Women In Country Music exhibition, LeAnn Rimes stopped by the Clive Davis Theater for a special public program. Held May 31, "An Evening With LeAnn Rimes" was moderated by Marissa R. Moss, the author of the recently published book, Her Country: How the Women of Country Music Became the Success They Were Never Supposed to Be.

Rimes — who still retains the title of youngest recipient of a GRAMMY Award — is celebrating a quarter-century of making music with her "The story…so far tour," which continues through September. This fall, Rimes will release her 18th studio album, god’s work. The singer is also a spokesperson for mental health and wellbeing, most consistently through her "Wholly Human" podcast and her blog, Soul of Everle.

As with her stage shows, Rimes stepped on the stage and immediately sat at the grand piano for a stripped-down version of "Remnants." The evening continued with conversation between Rimes and Moss, as well as select songs from Rimes’ rich discography; Rimes switched effortlessly between cracking jokes and hitting high notes. Whether she was talking or singing, Rimes remained vulnerable and open, answering both Moss’ and the audience’s questions honestly — even taking an impromptu request for her rendition of the Righteous Brothers’ "Unchained Melody," a cappella.

More than a few tears were shed by Rimes and attendees alike. Here's what we learned in between this outpouring of emotion.

Rimes Relates To A Line From Baz Luhrmann's Elvis

Rimes paraphrased a line from Elvis that states: Things we are too afraid to say, you find in our music. She explained that great songwriting is a craft, but also comes from the heart.

As a young person, Rimes expressed her range of emotion through music. Rimes' openness to the heart-driven aspect of her craft helps her fans feel the difficult emotions they may otherwise try to avoid.  

Celebrities Can Now Be Human — And Rimes Is Embracing It

Being a difficult celebrity is considered a compliment these days, Rimes observed. Where she was once afraid of showing her humanity, Rimes no longer worries about it. This is particularly true of emotions such as rage, which Rimes lets loose on god’s work.  

Experience Has Influenced Rimes' Performance 

Rimes has hits that she doesn’t perform because she doesn’t like them, and/or relate to their original sentiment anymore. She has learned to grow and live with the catalog songs she does perform, changing the arrangements and tone on certain songs — including her biggest hit, "How Do I Live."

Leanna Rimes and Marissa R. Moss

LeAnn Rimes and author Marissa R. Moss | Photo: Courtesy of the Recording Academy™️/Photo by Rebecca Sapp, Getty Images© 2022

Women In Country Music Must Be Extraordinary

Moss observed that men in country music gain success for being similar, while the women in the genre have to be extraordinary —  from their sound to their look. The latter is is reflected in the many outfits on display at The Power of Women In Country Music exhibition.

In contrast to the elaborate fashion choices of the other women in the exhibition, Rimes’ outfit on display — a simple, strappy shift dress — is noticeably understated. The singer acknowledged that she has always been drawn to simplicity, even when she thought she had to be, or look, otherwise.

Rimes’ Songwriting Process Involves A Large Whiteboard

In response to a question from the audience about her songwriting process, Rimes said she kept ideas and titles and words in the Notes app on her phone. She and longtime collaborator Darrell Brown write words from the app on a whiteboard and see what jumps out. 

Most of the time, the pair know what the song is about and the melody will come. Rimes admitted that it was probably more of a methodical process than what she was explaining, but that it didn’t feel that way. 

The Words On God's Work Are Intentionally Written Lowercase

Rimes not capitalizing the word "god" in an Instagram post created quite a storm on the platform and in the media. As a result, she intentionally made all the wording on her upcoming album lowercase in order to really start a conversation. 

Rimes Has a New Tattoo In Connection With One Of The Songs On God’s Work

"The wild," one of the songs from God’s Work which features Sheila E. on drums as well as Mickey Guyton is commemorated in a "kiss the wild" tattoo from celebrity tattoo artist Winterstone. Rimes admitted that she cries every time she performs the song, and that she has to get through the crying to eventually become numb.

LeAnn Rimes and dress at grammy museum

LeAnn Rimes poses with one of her dresses at the GRAMMY Museum | Photo: Courtesy of the Recording Academy™️/Photo by Rebecca Sapp, Getty Images© 2022

The Last Two Years Provided A Long-Overdue "Relax And Reset"

At the start of the evening, Rimes joked that she has been rising from the ashes over and over again for the last 25 years. "The last two years were a good relax and reset I haven’t had since I was 13," she said.

Today, she is more present during the experience of performing. Rimes said she recognizes how high she feels after a concert, but also just how much it takes out of her, creating low she is when she wakes up the next day. 

Rimes Kept Herself Young For Other People

Rimes won her first GRAMMY Award at age 14, taking home the golden gramophone for Best New Artist in 1997. At the GRAMMY Museum event, Rimes said she "kept parts of herself young" for years for everyone who needed to see her that way. 

As Rimes grew as both a person and an artist, she was determined to step into her own. At some point, she told the audience, she had to "burn that house down" for herself. 

The More Random A Collaboration, The Better

The first single from god’s work features Ziggy Marley, Ledisi and Ben Harper. The more random a pairing, the better, Rimes said in regards to collaborations. She called herself "genre-fluid," but also said that classic country music is a passion.

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GRAMMY SoundChecks With Gavin DeGraw

GRAMMYs/Dec 3, 2014 - 05:06 am

On Aug. 28 Nashville Chapter GRAMMY U members took part in GRAMMY SoundChecks with Gavin DeGraw. Approximately 30 students gathered at music venue City Hall and watched DeGraw play through some of the singles from earlier in his career along with "Cheated On Me" from his latest self-titled album.

In between songs, DeGraw conducted a question-and-answer session and inquired about the talents and goals of the students in attendance. He gave inside tips to the musicians present on how to make it in the industry and made sure that every question was answered before moving onto the next song.

 

Juan Gabriel named 2009 Latin Recording Academy Person Of The Year

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Juan Gabriel named 2009 Latin Recording Academy Person Of The Year

Annual star-studded gala slated for Nov. 4 in Las Vegas during 10th Annual Latin GRAMMY Week celebration

GRAMMYs/May 15, 2017 - 01:36 pm

 GRAMMY.com

 Internationally renowned singer/songwriter/performer Juan Gabriel will be celebrated as the 2009 Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year, it was announced today by The Latin Recording Academy. Juan Gabriel, chosen for his professional accomplishments as well as his commitment to philanthropic efforts, will be recognized at a star-studded concert and black tie dinner on Nov. 4 at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Nev. 

The "Celebration with Juan Gabriel" gala will be one of the most prestigious events held during Latin GRAMMY week, a celebration that culminates with the 10th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards ceremony. The milestone telecast will be held at Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas on Nov. 5 and will be broadcast live on the Univision Television Network at 8 p.m. Eastern/7 p.m. Central. 

"As we celebrate this momentous decade of the Latin GRAMMYs, The Latin Recording Academy and its Board of Trustees take great pride in recognizing Juan Gabriel as an extraordinary entertainer who never has forgotten his roots, while at the same time having a global impact," said Latin Recording Academy President Gabriel Abaroa. "His influence on the music and culture of our era has been tremendous, and we welcome this opportunity to pay a fitting tribute to a voice that strongly resonates within our community.

Over the course of his 30-year career, Juan Gabriel has sold more than 100 million albums and has performed to sold-out audiences throughout the world. He has produced more than 100 albums for more than 50 artists including Paul Anka, Lola Beltran, Rocío Dúrcal, and Lucha Villa among many others. Additionally, Juan Gabriel has written more than 1,500 songs, which have been covered by such artists as Marc Anthony, Raúl Di Blasio, Ana Gabriel, Angelica María, Lucia Mendez, Estela Nuñez, and Son Del Son. In 1986, Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley declared Oct. 5 "The Day of Juan Gabriel." The '90s saw his induction into Billboard's Latin Music Hall of Fame and he joined La Opinion's Tributo Nacional Lifetime Achievement Award recipients list. 

At the age of 13, Juan Gabriel was already writing his own songs and in 1971 recorded his first hit, "No Tengo Dinero," which landed him a recording contract with RCA. Over the next 14 years, he established himself as Mexico's leading singer/songwriter, composing in diverse styles such as rancheras, ballads, pop, disco, and mariachi, which resulted in an incredible list of hits ("Hasta Que Te Conocí," "Siempre En Mi Mente," "Querida," "Inocente Pobre Amigo," "Abrázame Muy Fuerte," "Amor Eterno," "El Noa Noa," and "Insensible") not only for himself  but for many leading Latin artists. In 1990, Juan Gabriel became the only non-classical singer/songwriter to perform at the Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City and the album release of that concert, Juan Gabriel En Vivo Desde El Palacio De Bellas Artes, broke sales records and established his iconic status. 

After a hiatus from recording, Juan Gabriel released such albums as Gracias Por Esperar, Juntos Otra Vez, Abrázame Muy Fuerte, Los Gabriel…Para Ti, Juan Gabriel Con La Banda…El Recodo, and El Mexico Que Se Nos Fue, which were all certified gold and/or platinum by the RIAA. In 1996, to commemorate his 25th anniversary in the music industry, BMG released a retrospective set of CDs entitled 25 Aniversario, Solos, Duetos, y Versiones Especiales, comprised appropriately of 25 discs.   

In addition to his numerous accolades and career successes, Juan Gabriel has been a compassionate and generous philanthropist. He has donated all proceeds from approximately 10 performances a year to his favorite children's foster homes, and proceeds from fan photo-ops go to support Mexican orphans. In 1987, he founded Semjase, an orphanage for approximately 120 children, which also serves as a music school with music, recreation and video game rooms. Today, he continues to personally fund the school he opened more than 22 years ago.   

Juan Gabriel will have the distinction of becoming the 10th Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year honoree, and joins a list of artists such as Gloria Estefan, Gilberto Gil, Juan Luis Guerra, Julio Iglesias, Ricky Martin, and Carlos Santana among others who have been recognized. 

For information on purchasing tickets or tables to The Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year tribute to Juan Gabriel, please contact The Latin Recording Academy ticketing office at 310.314.8281 or ticketing@grammy.com.

Set List Bonus: Bumbershoot 2013
Grizzled Mighty perform at Bumbershoot on Sept. 1

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Set List Bonus: Bumbershoot 2013

GRAMMYs/Dec 3, 2014 - 04:22 am

Welcome to The Set List. Here you'll find the latest concert recaps for many of your favorite, or maybe not so favorite, artists. Our bloggers will do their best to provide you with every detail of the show, from which songs were on the set list to what the artist was wearing to which out-of-control fan made a scene. Hey, it'll be like you were there. And if you like what you read, we'll even let you know where you can catch the artist on tour. Feel free to drop us a comment and let us know your concert experience. Oh, and rock on.

By Alexa Zaske
Seattle

This past Labor Day weekend meant one thing for many folks in Seattle: Bumbershoot, a three-decade-old music and arts event that consumed the area surrounding the Space Needle from Aug. 31–Sept. 2. Amid attendees wandering around dressed as zombies and participating in festival-planned flash mobs to Michael Jackson's "Thriller," this year the focus was on music from the Pacific Northwest region — from the soulful sounds of Allen Stone and legendary female rockers Heart, to the highly-awaited return of Death Cab For Cutie performing their 2003 hit album Transatlanticism in its entirety.

The festival started off on day one with performances by synth-pop group the Flavr Blue, hip-hop artist Grynch, rapper Nacho Picasso, psychedelic pop group Beat Connection, lively rapper/writer George Watsky, hip-hop group the Physics, and (my personal favorite), punk/dance band !!! (Chk Chk Chk). Also performing on day one was Seattle folk singer/songwriter Kris Orlowski, who was accompanied by the Passenger String Quartet. As always, Orlowski's songs were catchy and endearing yet brilliant and honest.

Day one came to a scorching finale with a full set from GRAMMY-nominated rock group Heart. Kicking off with their Top 20 hit "Barracuda," the set spanned three decades of songs, including "Heartless," "Magic Man" and "What About Love?" It became a gathering of Seattle rock greats when, during Heart's final song, Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready joined for 1976's "Crazy On You."

Day two got off to an early start with performances from eccentric Seattle group Kithkin and Seattle ladies Mary Lambert and Shelby Earl, who were accompanied by the band Le Wrens. My highlight of the day was the Grizzled Mighty — a duo with a bigger sound than most family sized bands. Drummer Whitney Petty, whose stage presence and skills make for an exciting performance, was balanced out by the easy listening of guitarist and lead singer Ryan Granger.

Then the long-awaited moment finally fell upon Seattle when, after wrapping a long-awaited tour with the Postal Service, singer/songwriter Ben Gibbard returned to Seattle to represent another great success of the Pacific Northwest — Death Cab For Cutie. The band celebrated the 10-year anniversary of their album Transatlanticism by performing it from front to back. While a majority of attendees opted to watch the set from an air-conditioned arena, some of us recognized the uniqueness of this experience and enjoyed the entire set lying in the grass where the entire performance was streamed. 

Monday was the day for soul and folk. Local blues/R&B group Hot Bodies In Motion have been making their way through the Seattle scene with songs such as "Old Habits," "That Darkness" and "The Pulse." Their set was lively and enticing to people who have seen them multiple times or never at all.

My other highlights of the festival included the Maldives, who delivered a fun performance with the perfect amount of satirical humor and folk. They represent the increasing number of Pacific Northwest bands who consist of many members playing different sounds while still managing to stay cohesive and simple. I embraced the return of folk/pop duo Ivan & Alyosha with open arms and later closed my festival experience with local favorite Stone.

For music fans in Seattle and beyond, the annual Bumbershoot festival is a must-attend.

(Alexa Zaske is the Chapter Assistant for The Recording Academy Pacific Northwest Chapter. She's a music enthusiast and obsessed with the local Seattle scene.)

Neil Portnow Addresses Diversity & Inclusion, Looks Ahead During Speech At 2019 GRAMMYs

Neil Portnow and Jimmy Jam

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Neil Portnow Addresses Diversity & Inclusion, Looks Ahead During Speech At 2019 GRAMMYs

Jimmy Jam helps celebrate the outgoing President/CEO of the Recording Academy on the 61st GRAMMY Awards

GRAMMYs/Feb 11, 2019 - 10:58 am

As Neil Portnow's tenure as Recording Academy President/CEO draws to its end, five-time GRAMMY winner Jimmy Jam paid tribute to his friend and walked us through a brief overview of some of the Academy's major recent achievements, including the invaluable work of MusiCares, the GRAMMY Museum, Advocacy and more.

Portnow delivered a brief speech, acknowledging the need to continue to focus on issues of diversity and inclusion in the music industry. He also seized the golden opportunity to say the words he's always wanted to say on the GRAMMY stage, saying, "I'd like to thank the Academy," showing his gratitude and respect for the staff, elected leaders and music community he's worked with during his career at the Recording Academy. "We can be so proud of what we’ve all accomplished together," Portnow added.

"As I finish out my term leading this great organization, my heart and soul are filled with gratitude, pride, for the opportunity and unequal experience," he continued. "Please know that my commitment to all the good that we do will carry on as we turn the page on the next chapter of the storied history of this phenomenal institution."

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