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GRAMMY Rewind: Watch Beck Unpretentiously Win Best Male Rock Performance For "Where It's At" In 1997
In the latest episode of GRAMMY Rewind, watch Beck deliver an everyman speech upon winning Best Male Rock Performance for his quirky hit "Where It's At" at the 39th GRAMMY Awards in 1997
For its "two turntables and a microphone" hook alone, "Where It's At" seems to sit somewhere near "Loser" on Beck's list of signature songs.
In the latest episode of GRAMMY Rewind, watch a baby-faced Beck astonishedly accept the GRAMMY for Best Male Rock Performance for "Where It's At"—a track off his classic 1996 album, Odelay—and give a lovably everyman speech in return.
ReImagined At Home: Watch Ant Clemons Croon The Cosmic Blues In Performance Of Bill Withers' "Ain't No Sunshine"
Singer/songwriter Ant Clemons puts his own spin on Bill Withers' immortal "Ain't No Sunshine" in an exclusive performance for ReImagined At Home
Why has Bill Withers' immortal hit, "Ain't No Sunshine," endured for decades? And, furthermore, why does it seem set to reverberate throughout the ages?
Could it be because it's blues-based? Because it's relatable to anyone with a pulse? Because virtually anyone with an ounce of zeal can believably yowl the song at karaoke?
Maybe it's for all of those reasons and one more: "Ain't No Sunshine" is flexible.
In the latest episode of ReImagined At Home, check out how singer/songwriter Ant Clemons pulls at the song's edges like taffy. With a dose of vocoder and slapback, Clemons recasts the lonesome-lover blues as the lament of a shipwrecked android.
Giving this oft-covered soul classic a whirl, Clemons reminds music lovers exactly why Withers' signature song has staying power far beyond his passing in 2020. It will probably be a standard in 4040, too.
Check out Ant Clemons' cosmic, soulful performance of "Ain't No Sunshine" above and click here to enjoy more episodes of ReImagined At Home.
Will Smith at the 1999 GRAMMYs
GRAMMY Rewind: Watch Will Smith Dedicate His 1999 Best Rap Solo Performance GRAMMY To His Son
In his acceptance speech, he offers thanks to his family and "the jiggiest wife in the world, Jada Pinkett Smith"
Today, Sept. 25, we celebrate the birthday of the coolest dad—who else? Will Smith! For the latest episode of GRAMMY Rewind, we revisit the Fresh Prince's 1999 GRAMMY win for Best Rap Solo Performance for "Gettin' Jiggy Wit It."
In the below video, watch rappers Missy Elliott—donning white leather—and Foxy Brown present the GRAMMY to a stoked Smith, who also opted for an all-leather look. In his acceptance speech, he offers thanks to his family and "the jiggiest wife in the world, Jada Pinkett Smith." He dedicates the award to his eldest son, Trey Smith, joking that Trey's teacher said he (then just six years old) could improve his rhyming skills.
The classic '90s track is from his 1997 debut studio album, Big Willie Style, which also features "Miami" and 1998 GRAMMY winner "Men In Black," from the film of the same name. The "Está Rico" rapper has won four GRAMMYs to date, earning his first back in 1989 GRAMMYs for "Parents Just Don't Understand," when he was 20 years old.
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Jenny Lewis Moves Forward On The Voyager
Singer/songwriter discusses the important role Ryan Adams and Beck played on her third solo album, The Voyager, and her trying journey in completing the album
Pop/rock singer/songwriter Jenny Lewis recently visited The Recording Academy's headquarters in Santa Monica, Calif., to participate in an exclusive GRAMMY.com interview. Lewis spoke about her family's deep musical roots, collaborating with Ryan Adams and Beck on her latest solo album, The Voyager, and how completing the album ultimately helped her navigate a difficult period in her life.
"There were several phases of The Voyager and it ultimately led me to two artists who ended up producing some of the songs on the record, Ryan Adams and Beck, and they really helped me through the process," said Lewis. "I think I arrived at a place in my career where I needed some guidance and assistance, and I needed someone to keep the forward motion going with the music."
The Las Vegas-born Lewis first emerged as a child actress, making her debut in a Jell-O commercial. Her early acting career included roles in TV series such as "Baywatch" and "Murder, She Wrote," and she later scored roles in films such as Pleasantville (1998), Bolt (2008) and The Hangover Part II (2011).
In 1998 Lewis and fellow actor/musician Blake Sennett co-founded the indie rock quartet Rilo Kiley. The group released four studio albums, including 2007's Under The Blacklight, which peaked at No. 22 on the Billboard 200. Lewis stepped out in 2006 with her debut solo project, Rabbit Fur Coat, a collaboration with alt-country duo the Watson Twins. The album features 11 songs written by Lewis plus a cover of the Traveling Wilburys' "Handle With Care" and contributions from Benjamin Gibbard and Conor Oberst, among others. Her sophomore solo album, 2008's Acid Tongue, features collaborations with GRAMMY winner Elvis Costello and the Black Crowes' Chris Robinson. Lewis subsequently teamed with her boyfriend, fellow musician Jonathan Rice, to form Jenny And Johnny. In 2010 the duo released I'm Having Fun Now, which cracked the Top 40 on the Billboard 200. The following year, Rilo Kiley officially disbanded.
Released in July, The Voyager marks Lewis' third solo album. Co-produced by GRAMMY winner Beck, GRAMMY nominee Ryan Adams and Rice, the album features 10 tracks, including "She's Not Me" and "Just One Of The Guys." The video for the latter song features cameos by actresses Kristen Stewart, Anne Hathaway and Brie Larson. The Voyager peaked at No. 9 on the Billboard 200, Lewis' highest charting position to date.
Lewis is currently in the midst of a U.S. tour, with dates scheduled through November.
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Recordings By Janet Jackson, Louis Armstrong, Odetta & More Inducted Into The National Recording Registry
Selections by Albert King, Labelle, Connie Smith, Nas, Jackson Browne, Pat Metheny, Kermit the Frog and others have also been marked for federal preservation
The Librarian of Congress Carla Haden has named 25 new inductees into the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress. They include Janet Jackson’s “Rhythm Nation 1814,” Louis Armstrong’s “When the Saints Go Marching In,” Labelle’s “Lady Marmalade,” Nas’ “Illmatic,” Kool & the Gang’s “Celebration,” Kermit the Frog’s “The Rainbow Connection” and more.
“The National Recording Registry will preserve our history through these vibrant recordings of music and voices that have reflected our humanity and shaped our culture from the past 143 years,” Hayden said in a statement. “We received about 900 public nominations this year for recordings to add to the registry, and we welcome the public’s input as the Library of Congress and its partners preserve the diverse sounds of history and culture.”
The National Recording Preservation Board is an advisory board consisting of professional organizations and experts who aim to preserve important recorded sounds. The Recording Academy is involved on a voting level. The 25 new entries bring the number of musical titles on the registry to 575; the entire sound collection includes nearly 3 million titles. Check out the full list of new inductees below:
National Recording Registry Selections for 2020
Edison’s “St. Louis tinfoil” recording (1878)
“Nikolina” — Hjalmar Peterson (1917) (single)
“Smyrneikos Balos” — Marika Papagika (1928) (single)
“When the Saints Go Marching In” — Louis Armstrong & his Orchestra (1938) (single)
Christmas Eve Broadcast--Franklin D. Roosevelt and Winston Churchill (December 24, 1941)
“The Guiding Light” — Nov. 22, 1945
“Odetta Sings Ballads and Blues” — Odetta (1957) (album)
“Lord, Keep Me Day by Day” — Albertina Walker and the Caravans (1959) (single)
Roger Maris hits his 61st homerun (October 1, 1961)
“Aida” — Leontyne Price, et.al. (1962) (album)
“Once a Day” — Connie Smith (1964) (single)
“Born Under a Bad Sign” — Albert King (1967) (album)
“Free to Be…You & Me” — Marlo Thomas and Friends (1972) (album)
“The Harder They Come” — Jimmy Cliff (1972) (album)
“Lady Marmalade” — Labelle (1974) (single)
“Late for the Sky” — Jackson Browne (1974) (album)
“Bright Size Life” — Pat Metheny (1976) (album)
“The Rainbow Connection” — Kermit the Frog (1979) (single)
“Celebration” — Kool & the Gang (1980) (single)
“Richard Strauss: Four Last Songs” — Jessye Norman (1983) (album)
“Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation 1814” — Janet Jackson (1989) (album)
“Partners” — Flaco Jiménez (1992) (album)
“Somewhere Over the Rainbow”/”What A Wonderful World” — Israel Kamakawiwo’ole (1993) (single)
“Illmatic” — Nas (1994) (album)
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