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2023 Music Educator Award: 207 Quarterfinalists Announced
A total of 207 music teachers from 180 cities have been announced as quarterfinalists for the 2023 Music Educator Award, presented by the Recording Academy and GRAMMY Museum.
A total of 207 music teachers from 180 cities have been announced as quarterfinalists for the 2023 Music Educator Award, a joint partnership and presentation of the Recording Academy and GRAMMY Museum. In total, nearly 1,500 initial nominations were submitted. In addition to the quarterfinalists, 125 legacy applicants from 2022 will also be eligible to win the award this year. The semifinalists will be announced in September.
The Music Educator Award was established to recognize current educators — kindergarten through college, public and private schools — who have made a significant and lasting contribution to the field of music education and who demonstrate a commitment to the broader cause of maintaining music education in the schools. The recipient will be recognized during GRAMMY Week 2023, which takes place ahead of the 2023 GRAMMYs, officially known as the 65th GRAMMY Awards.
Each year, one recipient is selected from 10 finalists and recognized for their remarkable impact on students' lives. The 10th annual honoree will be flown to Los Angeles to attend the 65th GRAMMY Awards and a range of GRAMMY Week events. The nine additional finalists will receive a $1,000 honorarium, and the schools of all 10 finalists will receive matching grants.
The 2023 GRAMMY nominations are officially here. See the complete list of nominees across all 91 GRAMMY categories.
Fifteen semifinalists will receive a $500 honorarium with matching school grants. The matching grants provided to the schools are made possible by the generosity and support of the GRAMMY Museum’s Education Champion, Ford Motor Company Fund. In addition, the American Choral Directors Association, National Association for Music Education, NAMM Foundation, and National Education Association support this program through outreach to their constituencies.
The Music Educator Award is open to current U.S. music teachers, and anyone can nominate a teacher — students, parents, friends, colleagues, community members, school deans, and administrators. Teachers are also able to nominate themselves, and nominated teachers are notified and invited to fill out an application.
Learn more about the Music Educator Award.
See the full list of the 2023 Music Educator Award quarterfinalists below:
|Phil Aguglia||Kenmore East High School||Tonawanda||New York|
|John Aguilar||Robert Eagle Staff Middle School||Seattle||Washington|
|Heather Akers||Central Middle School||Dover||Delaware|
|Calandria Allen||West Feliciana Middle School||Saint Francisville||Louisiana|
|Eric Allen||Western Middle School for the Arts||Louisville||Kentucky|
|Abigail Alwin||Clague Middle School||Ann Arbor||Michigan|
|David Amos||Heritage Middle School||Painesville||Ohio|
|Bonnie Anderson||Miller’s Point Elementary School||Converse||Texas|
|Justin Antos||Dwight D. Eisenhower High School||Blue Island||Illinois|
|Rich Armstrong||Waxahachie High School||Waxahachie||Texas|
|Luke Aumann||Appleton North High School||Appleton||Wisconsin|
|Elizabeth Baker||Ilima Intermediate School||Ewa Beach||Hawaii|
|William Bares||UNC Asheville||Asheville||North Carolina|
|Andre Barnes||Science Park High School||Newark||New Jersey|
|Conesha Washington-Barron||Lanier High School||Jackson||Mississippi|
|Lyndra Bastian||Woodstock High School||Woodstock||Illinois|
|William Bennett||Cane Bay High School||Summerville||South Carolina|
|Randell Bertsche||Conner Middle School||Hebron||Kentucky|
|Heather Bice||Ridgeview High School||Orange Park||Florida|
|Mario Boccali||Cabrillo Middle School||Ventura||California|
|Cherie Bowe||Pascagoula High School||Pascagoula||Mississippi|
|Charlie Bradberry||Iowa Park High School||Iowa Park||Texas|
|Justin Britt||Kingston Public Schools||Kingston||Oklahoma|
|William Brown||FJ Turner High School||Beloit||Wisconsin|
|Ryan Bulgarelli||Loyalsock Township High School||Williamsport||Pennsylvania|
|Shantavia Burchette||East Side High School||Newark||New Jersey|
|John Burn||Homestead High School||Cupertino||California|
|Alexander Busby||Oviedo High School||Oviedo||Florida|
|Aaron Bush||Foxborough High School||Foxborough||Massachusetts|
|Meg Byrne||Pleasant Valley High School||Bettendorf||Iowa|
|Leonard Al Campbell Jr.||Westbury High School||Houston||Texas|
|Brett Carroll||Burbank High School||Burbank||California|
|Elizabeth Carter||Snowden School||Memphis||Tennessee|
|Philip Carter||O'Fallon Township High School||O'Fallon||Illinois|
|Francis Cathlina||University of Memphis||Memphis||Tennessee|
|Amberleigh Cellak||Starbuck World IB Middle School||Racine||Wisconsin|
|Tiffany Chiang||Mark Twain I.S. 239||Brooklyn||New York|
|Ernesta Chicklowski||Roosevelt Elementary||Tampa||Florida|
|Michael Coelho||Ipswich High School||Ipswich||Massachusetts|
|Leah VanDoran Cohen||Ewa Makai Middle School||Ewa Beach||Hawaii|
|Cory Joy Craig||Benton Intermediate School||Benton||Louisiana|
|Christina Crivelli||South Fayette Intermediate School||McDonald||Pennsylvania|
|Christine Cumberledge||Central Junior High School||Euless||Texas|
|Austin Cunningham||KIPP Austin Brave High School||Austin||Texas|
|Pamela Dawson||DeSoto High School||DeSoto||Texas|
|Kelly DeHaan||Mountain Ridge High School||Herriman||Utah|
|Maria Del Valle Brin||The Equity Project Charter School||New York||New York|
|Heather Dipasquale||Todd County Middle School||Elkton||Kentucky|
|Antoine Dolberry||P.S. 103 Hector Fontanez School||Bronx||New York|
|Jack A. Eaddy, Jr.||Western Carolina University||Cullowhee||North Carolina|
|Dominique Eade||New England Conservatory of Music||Boston||Massachusetts|
|Benjamin Easley||Nolensville High School||Nolensville||Tennessee|
|Brandon Elliott||Moorpark College||Moorpark||California|
|Jasmine Faulkner||Polaris Expeditionary Learning School||Fort Collins||Colorado|
|Daniel James Felton||DeLaSalle High School||Minneapolis||Minnesota|
|Nicholas Fernandez||Bentonville High School||Bentonville||Arkansas|
|Kelly Ford||Siena Heights University||Adrian||Michigan|
|Cathryn Fowler||Health Careers High School||San Antonio||Texas|
|Marisa Frank||Nashville Classical Charter School||Nashville||Tennessee|
|Jasmine Fripp||KIPP Nashville Collegiate High School||Nashville||Tennessee|
|Jorge L. Garcia||Elias Herrera Middle School||Laredo||Texas|
|Jacob Garcia||Tennyson Middle School||Waco||Texas|
|Tina Gibson||Jefferson County Traditional Middle School||Louisville||Kentucky|
|Alex Gittelman||Haverford Middle School||Havertown||Pennsylvania|
|Guillermo Gonzalez||James A. Garfield High School||Los Angeles||California|
|John Gordon||Odessa High School||Townsend||Delaware|
|Mansa Gory||Denzel Washington School of the Arts||Mount Vernon||New York|
|Deanna Grandstaff||Cecil Intermediate School||McDonald||Pennsylvania|
|Jessica Gronberg||Hawkes Bluff Elementary||Davie||Florida|
|Melanie Gunn||Whitman Middle School||Seattle||Washington|
|Amanda Hanzlik||Edwin O. Smith High School||Storrs||Connecticut|
|Marvin Haywood||John Ehret High School||Marrero||Louisiana|
|Colette Hebert||Yonkers Public Schools||Yonkers||New York|
|Kristin Howell||Syosset High School||Syosset||New York|
|Emmanuel Hudson||Booker T. Washington High School||Shreveport||Louisiana|
|Karla Hulne||Blair-Taylor Middle & High School||Blair||Wisconsin|
|(Andrea) Dalene Husky||Chandler Traditional Academy-Liberty Campus||Chandler||Arizona|
|Mia Ibrahim||Health Opportunities High School||Bronx||New York|
|Luis Ingels||BASIS Independent Brooklyn||Brooklyn||New York|
|Justin Janer||Pinewood School Middle Campus||Los Altos||California|
|Daryl Jessen||Dakota Valley School||North Sioux City||South Dakota|
|Mary Johnson||Jardine Elementary||Topeka||Kansas|
|De’Evin Johnson||Duncanville High School||Duncanville||Texas|
|Amir Jones||Thomas W. Harvey High School||Painesville||Ohio|
|Jean-Marie Kent||Roosevelt High School||Seattle||Washington|
|Brandon Kiesgen||Perry High School||Gilbert||Arizona|
|Allison Kline||Northwestern Lehigh High School||New Tripoli||Pennsylvania|
|Rod Kosterman||Rockwall-Heath High School||Rockwall||Texas|
|Joshua Krohn||Brent Elementary School||Washington||District of Columbia|
|Sarah Labovitz||Arkansas State University||Jonesboro||Arkansas|
|Eli Lambie||Washington Lands Elementary School||Moundsville||West Virginia|
|J. Alan Landers||Lakenheath High School||Lakenheath||New Jersey|
|David Leach||Pioneer High School||Ann Arbor||Michigan|
|Jeffrey Leager||Central Middle School||Dover||Delaware|
|Heather Leppard||Girls Academic Leadership Academy||Los Angeles||California|
|Hope Lewis||Charles O. Dickerson High School||Trumansburg||New York|
|Angie Liss||Howe High School||Howe||Texas|
|Christopher Little||Jim Hill High School||Jackson||Mississippi|
|Meredith Lord||Burncoat High School||Worcester||Massachusetts|
|Christian Lozano||Canyon Springs High School||Moreno Valley||California|
|Brendon Lucas||Nyack Middle School||Nyack||New York|
|Christian Lucas||Mariners Christian School||Costa Mesa||California|
|Andrew Macaione||Benavides STEAM Academy||Aurora||Illinois|
|Kurtina Cyntel Maholmes||Sykes Elementary School||Jackson||Mississippi|
|Thomas Mann||W. Charles Akins Early College High School||Austin||Texas|
|Jessica Martin||Crosby Park Elementary School||Lawton||Oklahoma|
|Jesus Martinez||Sam Houston High School||Arlington||Texas|
|Alison McCarrey||Romig Middle School||Anchorage||Alaska|
|Angie McDaniel||Forest Creek Elementary||Round Rock||Texas|
|Kevin McDonald||Wellesley High School||Wellesley||Massachusetts|
|Matt McKagan||Lindero Canyon Middle School||Agoura Hills||California|
|Brian McMath||Northwest Guilford High School||Greensboro||North Carolina|
|Phillip McMullen||Silver Creek Central Schools||Silver Creek||New York|
|Tracy Meldrum||Verrado High School||Buckeye||Arizona|
|Xochilt Melendez Munguia||Gainesville Middle School||Gainesville||Virginia|
|A.J. Merlino||Albright College||Reading||Pennsylvania|
|Kris Milby||Greenup County High School||Greenup||Kentucky|
|Jasper Miranda||Coleman ISD||Coleman||Texas|
|Ashleigh Moffit||Gateway Science Academy Middle School||Saint Louis||Missouri|
|Dana Monteiro||Frederick Douglass Academy||New York||New York|
|Shelby Montgomery||George Jenkins High School||Lakeland||Florida|
|David Moore||Inspire Charter Academy||Baton Rouge||Louisiana|
|Marcus Morris||Dorman High School||Roebuck||South Carolina|
|Ryan Moseley||Appoquinimink High School||Middletown||Delaware|
|David Moss||West Hopkins School||Nebo||Kentucky|
|Deborah Muhlenbruck-Fleischer||Barry and June Gunderson Middle School||Las Vegas||Nevada|
|Jenny Neff||The University of the Arts||Philadelphia||Pennsylvania|
|Ailisa Newhall||Inglemoor High School||Kenmore||Washington|
|Trevor Nicholas||Senn Arts at Nicholas Senn High School||Chicago||Illinois|
|Vicki Nichols||Grandview Elementary||Grandview||Texas|
|Heather Niederer||Navarrete Elementary||Chandler||Arizona|
|Adam Nobile||Big Spring High School||Newville||Pennsylvania|
|Benjamin Noyes||Hillsboro High School||Hillsboro||Oregon|
|Tanner Oglesby||Bryant High School||Bryant||Arkansas|
|Jeremy Overbeck||Century High School||Bismarck||North Dakota|
|John Pachence||Penn State University, Abington College||Abington||Pennsylvania|
|Donald Edward Padgett||Hartford Conservatory School of Music||Hartford||Connecticut|
|Jennifer Page||Niles North High School||Skokie||Illinois|
|Robert Pate Jr.||L.W. Higgins High School||Marrero||Louisiana|
|Carrie Pawelski||Jefferson Middle School||Jamestown||New York|
|Jordan Peters||Dr. E Alma Flagg School||Newark||New Jersey|
|Sedric Pinkney||O. Henry Middle School||Austin||Texas|
|Brendan Pitts||Berrien High School||Nashville||Georgia|
|Matthew Pitts||Robert JC Rice Elementary School||Gilbert||Arizona|
|Coutney Powers||South Philadelphia High School||Philadelphia||Pennsylvania|
|Natalie Pratt||Brentwood High School||Brentwood||Tennessee|
|Harvey G. Price Jr.||Muskogee High School||Muskogee||Oklahoma|
|William Rank||Oak Prairie Junior High School||Lockport||Illinois|
|Brett Rankin||Wilde Lake High School||Columbia||Maryland|
|Annie Ray||Annandale High School||Annandale||Virginia|
|Tracy Resseguie||Staley High School||Kansas City||Missouri|
|Bethany Robinson||Noblesville High School||Noblesville||Indiana|
|Marcos Rodriguez||Avant Garde Academy of Broward||Hollywood||Florida|
|John Ross||Appalachian State University||Boone||North Carolina|
|Nikia Russell||Success Preparatory @ Thurgood Marshall||New Orleans||Louisiana|
|Giovanni Santos||La Sierra University||Riverside||California|
|Mathew Schick||Crescenta Valley High School||La Crescenta||California|
|Kyle Schoeller||Northside Elementary||Rogers||Arkansas|
|Ruth Schwartz||Chugiak High School||Chugiak||Alaska|
|Laura Shapovalov||Walden III Middle School||Racine||Wisconsin|
|Jim Sheffer||Medford Memorial Middle School||Medford||New Jersey|
|Matthew Shephard||Meridian Early College High School||Sanford||Michigan|
|Shahniz Shirazi||Arizona Conservatory for Arts and Academics||Phoenix||Arizona|
|Katie Silcott||Olentangy Shanahan Middle School||Lewis Center||Ohio|
|Dylan Sims||York Middle School||York||South Carolina|
|Thomas Slater||Chestnut Oaks Middle School||Sumter||South Carolina|
|Michele Slone||Urbana Elementary and Jr. High School||Urbana||Ohio|
|Tony Small||Pallotti Arts Academy||Laurel||Maryland|
|Benjamin Smith||Escalante Middle School||Durango||Colorado|
|Andrew Smith||Charlotte Central School||Charlotte||Vermont|
|Ashleigh Spatz||Burgess Peterson Elementary||Atlanta||Georgia|
|James Spence||Berta Cabaza Middle School||San Benito||Texas|
|Wayne Splettstoeszer||Torrington High School||Torrington||Connecticut|
|David Starnes||Kennesaw Mountain High School||Kennesaw||Georgia|
|Elizabeth Steege||Case High School||Racine||Wisconsin|
|Jonathan Steltzer||Wayne County High School||Jesup||Georgia|
|Lawrence Stoffel||California State University, Northridge||Los Angeles||California|
|Tyler Swick||Robert and Sandy Ellis Elementary||Henderson||Nevada|
|Cami Tedoldi||Foxborough High School||Foxborough||Massachusetts|
|Kylie Teston||Leonardtown High School||Leonardtown||Maryland|
|Timothy Thomas||Basic Academy of International Studies||Henderson||Nevada|
|Kaitlynn Tobias||Lake Asbury Elementary School||Green Cove Springs||Florida|
|Jonathan Todd||Crestdale Middle School||Matthews||North Carolina|
|Michael Tosh||Chapel Hill ISD High School||Mount Pleasant||Texas|
|Matthew Trevino||Roan Forest Elementary||San Antonio||Texas|
|Susan Trost||Gateway Elementary||Conneaut||Ohio|
|Alexis True||Thomas Downey High School||Modesto||California|
|Alice Tsui||New Bridges Elementary||Brooklyn||New York|
|Gregory Urban||Dunedin Highland Middle School||Dunedin||Florida|
|Jon Usher||Hidden Springs Elementary School||Moreno Valley||California|
|Michael Vasquez||Charles L. Kuentz Jr. Elementary||Helotes||Texas|
|Aaron Vogel||Mountain Ridge High School||Glendale||Arizona|
|Derrick Walker||Cedar Hill High School||Cedar Hill||Texas|
|Timothy Wallner||Juan Navarro Early College High School||Austin||Texas|
|Antwuan Walters||Heights High School||Houston||Texas|
|Bryen Warfield||Homestead High School||Fort Wayne||Indiana|
|Sarah Wehmeier Aparicio||Waukesha South High School||Waukesha||Wisconsin|
|Tammy White||Kiser Middle School||Greensboro||North Carolina|
|Christopher White||Hickory Ridge High School||Harrisburg||North Carolina|
|Alexander Wilga||Davenport Central High School||Davenport||Iowa|
|Tyron Williams||New Visions Charter High School for the Humanities IV||Far Rockaway||New York|
|Kelly Winovich||Northgate Middle & Senior High School||Pittsburgh||Pennsylvania|
|Hayley Winslow||Snow Canyon Middle School||St. George||Utah|
|John Woodrome||Permian High School||Odessa||Texas|
|Tammy Yi||Chapman University||Orange||California|
|Ronnie Ziccardi||Avonworth Elementary School||Pittsburgh||Pennsylvania|
|Keely (O’Hara) Abeln||Parkway South Middle School||Ballwin||Missouri|
|Adrian Adams||Richland Northeast High School||Columbia||South Carolina|
|Shirene Agahi-Patterson||Denver South High School||Denver||Colorado|
|John Aguilar||Robert Eagle Staff Middle School||Seattle||Washington|
|David Allinder||Shades Valley High School||Birmingham||Alabama|
|Kathryn Ananda-Owens||St. Olaf College||Northfield||Minnesota|
|Jeanne Andrews||Pauline Petway Elementary School||Vineland||New Jersey|
|Tristianne Asbury||Noble High School||Noble||Oklahoma|
|Michelle Bade||West View Elementary||Muncie||Indiana|
|Andrew Bennett||Fredonia High School||Fredonia||New York|
|Gregory Bennett||Middletown High School||Middletown||New York|
|Brandon Benson||J. U. Blacksher School||Uriah||Alabama|
|Gary Bernice||Springfield High School of Science and Technology||Springfield||Massachusetts|
|Robert Bertke||St. Francis School||Louisville||Kentucky|
|Monica Bertran||St. Charles East High School||St. Charles||Illinois|
|Justin Binek||Kansas City Kansas Community College||Kansas City||Kansas|
|Michael Blostein||Averill Park High School||Averill Park||New York|
|Darrell Boston||Loretto High School||Loretto||Tennessee|
|Andrew Bowerly||Tenino High School & Middle School||Tenino||Washington|
|Jonathan Boysen||Eastside Catholic School||Sammamish||Washington|
|Sedalia Brown||Christel House Watanabe Manual High School||Indianapolis||Indiana|
|Matthew Brusseau||Davie County High School||Mocksville||North Carolina|
|Ben Burge||Jones College||Ellisville||Mississippi|
|Teresa Cameron||Eastside Elementary School||Lake City||Florida|
|Jessica Campbell||Legacy Traditional School - NW Tucson||Tucson||Arizona|
|Jennifer Canales||Weeksville Elementary||Elizabeth City||North Carolina|
|Helen Capehart||Bridgeport Middle School||Bridgeport||Texas|
|Marcos Carreras||Springfield Conservatory of The Arts||Springfield||Massachusetts|
|Josh Chapel||Deerfield Windsor School||Albany||Georgia|
|Christopher Clark||Case Western Reserve University||Cleveland||Ohio|
|Kessler Cuffman||Howard Connect Academy||Chattanooga||Tennessee|
|Nicole Davidson||Susan E. Wiley Elementary School||Copiague||New York|
|Beth Davies||Franklin Middle School||Cedar Rapids||Iowa|
|Robert DeSantis||Millville High School||Millville||New Jersey|
|Shelby Dickey||Gorzycki Middle School||Austin||Texas|
|Thomas DiNuoscio||Northeastern High School||Springfield||Ohio|
|Heather Dipasquale||Todd County Middle School||Elkton||Kentucky|
|Doris Doyon||Mt. San Antonio College||Walnut||California|
|Dale Duncan||Henderson Middle School||Atlanta||Georgia|
|Cuauhtemoc ("Moc") Escobedo||Eckstein Middle School||Seattle||Washington|
|Wayne Fanning||Niu Valley Middle School||Honolulu||Hawaii|
|Jordan Ford||Norwood Elementary School||Birmingham||Alabama|
|Nicholas Gaudette||Edina High School||Edina||Minnesota|
|Julie Gentry||Westover Hills Elementary School||Richmond||Virginia|
|Andrew Gibb-Clark||Kirkwood High School||Kirkwood||Missouri|
|Ryan Gonzales||James Monroe High School||Los Angeles||California|
|Vivian Gonzalez||Miami Arts Studio 6-12 @ Zelda Glazer||Miami||Florida|
|Robert Green||Lakeland High School||White Lake||Michigan|
|Keith Griffis||Walter L. Sickles High School||Tampa||Florida|
|Shanti Gruber||Glenwood Springs High School & Middle School||Glenwood Springs||Colorado|
|Melissa Gustafson-Hinds||O'Fallon Township High School||O’ Fallon||Illinois|
|Matthew Hammong||Lawrence County High School||Louisa||Kentucky|
|Montgomery Hill||Marion High School||Marion||Arkansas|
|Michael Huebner||Kennesaw Mountain High School||Kennesaw||Georgia|
|Gene Hundley||Swainsboro Middle School||Swainsboro||Georgia|
|William R. Jenks||South Charleston Middle School||South Charleston||West Virginia|
|Natalie Kerr||Bloomfield High School||Bloomfield||New Jersey|
|Robin King||Fountain International Magnet School||Pueblo||Colorado|
|Scott Krijnen||Castillero Middle School||San Jose||California|
|Marissa Kyser||Spokane R-VII||Spokane||Missouri|
|John Alan Landers||Lakenheath High School||APO||U.S. Armed Forces –|
|Jacqueline Langley||Haverford Middle School||Havertown||Pennsylvania|
|Brandon Larsen||Herriman High School||Herriman||Utah|
|Derek Larson||St. Regis School||St. Regis||Montana|
|Matthew Leder||Gadsden State Community College||Gadsden||Alabama|
|Monica Leimer||DeLand High School||DeLand||Florida|
|Michael Linert||Westminster High School||Westminster||Colorado|
|Kevin Longwill||Abington School District||Abington||Pennsylvania|
|Wes Lowe||The King's Academy||West Palm Beach||Florida|
|Pamela Lowell||Cranston High School East||Cranston||Rhode Island|
|Matt Martindale||Shelby County High School||Columbiana||Alabama|
|Jesus Martinez||Sam Houston High School||Arlington||Texas|
|Atsuko Haarz||Richwoods High School||Peoria||Illinois|
|Emily Maurer||Slidell Junior High School||Slidell||Louisiana|
|Margaret Maurice||Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools||Charlotte||North Carolina|
|Eric McAllister||Las Vegas Academy of the Arts||Las Vegas||Nevada|
|Richard McCready||River Hill High School||Columbia||Maryland|
|Angela McKenna||Classen SAS @ NE High School||Oklahoma City||Oklahoma|
|Bob Mecozzi||Amos Alonzo Stagg High School||Palos Hills||Illinois|
|A.J. Merlino||Albright College||Reading||Pennsylvania|
|Amberle Mitchell||Washington High School||Fremont||California|
|Wanda Mitchell||Hampton High School||Hampton||Virginia|
|Charles Moorer||McArthur High School||Hollywood||Florida|
|Lauren Morabito||Hendrick Hudson High School||Montrose||New York|
|Alicia Mulloy||Liberty Middle School||Madison||Alabama|
|Christopher Nicholas||West Adams Preparatory High School||Los Angeles||California|
|Jason Noble||Scarsdale High School||Scarsdale||New York|
|Laura O’Konski||Liberty High School||Bealeton||Virginia|
|Meredith Olson||Elmwood Elementary||Elmwood Park||Illinois|
|Todd Oxford||Texas State University School of Music||San Marcos||Texas|
|Brian Parrish||Parkway West High School||Chesterfield||Missouri|
|Robert Pettigrew||Westside High School||Anderson||South Carolina|
|Daniel Philpott-Jones||Mohonasen High School||Schenectady||New York|
|Ær Queen||Braddock Elementary School||Annandale||Virginia|
|Michael Rais||Frost Middle School||Livonia||Michigan|
|Marc Ratner||Mineola UFSD||Garden City Park||New York|
|Christopher Redd||Dover High School||Dover||Ohio|
|Kathleen Riser||Scott Central Attendance Center||Forest||Mississippi|
|Raymond Roberts||Milwaukee High School of the Arts||Milwaukee||Wisconsin|
|Sarah Ruff||Arthur and Polly Mays Conservatory of the Arts||Miami||Florida|
|Caitlin Schmidt||JL Long Middle School||Dallas||Texas|
|Dustin Shrum||Central Visual and Performing Arts High School||St. Louis||Missouri|
|Andrew Smigielski||Forrest County Agricultural High School||Brooklyn||Mississippi|
|Michael Francis Smith||Bourne Intermediate School||Bourne||Massachusetts|
|Derek Smith||Hickory Ridge Middle School||Harrisburg||North Carolina|
|Patrick Smith||Cooperative Arts & Humanities Magnet High School||New Haven||Connecticut|
|Jordan Stehle||Matthew Whaley Elementary School||Williamsburg||Virginia|
|Cindy Stone||Belgrade Middle School & High School||Belgrade||Montana|
|Elizabeth Taylor||La Crosse Elementary School||La Crosse||Virginia|
|Laura Taylor||Unity Junior High||Cicero||Illinois|
|Bill Tiberio||Fairport High School||Fairport||New York|
|Sarah Todd||Mary Lyon Elementary School||Chicago||Illinois|
|Michael Tosh||Chapel Hill High School||Mount Pleasant||Texas|
|Julie Trent||Glendale High School||Glendale||Arizona|
|Patrick Van Arsdale||Ben Davis High School||Indianapolis||Indiana|
|EJ Villanueva||Orange Grove Elementary School||Anaheim||California|
|Derrick Walker||Cedar Hill High School||Cedar Hill||Texas|
|Heaven Watson-Weary||Hunter Huss High School||Gastonia||North Carolina|
|Christopher Weatherly||Christopher Weatherly||Washington||District of Columbia|
|Carissa Werner||Ries Elementary||Las Vegas||Nevada|
|Tammy White||Kiser Middle School||Greensboro||North Carolina|
|Brian Willett||Monrovia High School||Monrovia||Indiana|
|Jacquelin Witherspoon||J C Magill Elementary School||Loganville||Georgia|
|Arthur Wright, III||Berkmar High School||Lilburn||Georgia|
|Jayme Zimmerman||Bellefonte Elementary School||Bellefonte||Pennsylvania|
Meet The 2022 Music Educator Award Recipient: Stephen Cox On His Philosophies & Strategies For Teaching
Photo: Rebecca Sapp
New Shakira Exhibit At GRAMMY Museum Visualizes The Colombian Superstar's Voracious Creative Appetite & Global Influence
Go behind the scenes at the GRAMMY Museum's inspiring new exhibit, "Shakira, Shakira." Filled with costumes, musical equipment and listening stations, the first-ever exhibit on Shakira explores the work of "a devoted, passionate musical globetrotter."
The entrance of the enchanting "Shakira, Shakira: The GRAMMY Museum Experience" is trimmed by a golden fringe, setting the mood as Shakira's voice and music beckon you inside to admire her bedazzled artifacts. But much like the Colombian pop star herself, the exhibit is so much more than a bunch of sparkle and shine.
The first-ever exhibit celebrating Shakira, on view through winter 2024, is a multi-room immersive experience that explores her 30-plus-year career and key moments along the way. The in-depth look at her music details her disciplined, yet exploratory artistic approach, and highlights her cornucopia of global influences.
"Shakira, Shakira" reminds us of the incredible talent, passion and creativity that the "Whenever, Wherever" singer has long possessed, making it clear why the three-time GRAMMY winner and 11-time Latin GRAMMY winner is still breaking records and boundaries, decades into her career.
The entrance to "Shakira, Shakira" | Rebecca Sapp
The exhibit begins by detailing Shakira's rich roots in the Colombian city of Barranquilla, a colorful, coastal city filled with Afro-Caribbean influence and the sounds of salsa, cumbia and vallenato. Her home there was creative, musical and multicultural: Her mom is Colombian with Italian and Catalan roots and her dad is Lebanese. Fascinated by a visit to a Lebanese restaurant, Shakira began belly dancing at the age four and "cherished Arabic music as a child." She also began writing songs at 8 years old, and was encouraged by her parents to pursue her artistic passions. As a teenager working on her early records, Shakira also learned the ins-and-outs of the studio so that she could also co-produce her music.
A musical map stretching across the first room uses locales to unpack the layered influences the singer expertly folds into her global sonic quilt. It is divided into three major sections: Barranquilla, global (including rock and rock en español) and Afro Caribbean, and each explores the specific styles, genres and artists that have influenced her.
"From the very beginning, we realized this was not going to be an exhibit putting records and album covers on the wall," says exhibit co-curator Ernesto Lechner, who is also a writer for GRAMMY.com. "[With the exhibit atlas], we can talk about this woman who goes to play in Paris and performs an '80s French pop hit in French in front of the Parisian audience. How gutsy do you have to be to do that?"
At the listening stations for each region, you can explore songs from Shakira's catalog that exemplify these influences, as well as tracks that influenced her. For example, "Gypsy" on 2009's She Wolf is a tribute to India's Bhangra music and included traditional Indian instruments like the tabla and sitar.
One of the instruments on display | Rebecca Sapp
Through another fringed space, you'll hear directly from Shakira and some of her key collaborators in an exclusive new mini documentary made for the exhibit. Therein, Shakira looks back at some of her biggest moments including adorable archive footage of her performing as a kid and promoting her first album, 1991's Magia — released when she was just 14.
Shakira opened up her home in Barcelona to the museum's curatorial team, which selected a stellar collection of instruments and costumes from her tours, music videos, and photo shoots. You can admire three of her enviable, shiny guitars: the baby pink Fender covered in 20,000 pink and silver Swarovski crystals that she used on her Oral Fixation Tour in 2006 and 2007, her custom gilded Yamaha from the 2018 El Dorado Tour, and her Gibson Firebird covered in 70,000 black Swarovski crystals that she rocked at the 2020 Super Bowl halftime show.
There are also plenty of her head-turning looks on display, although it would be impossible to have all of them! The exhibit offers an up-close look at her green leaf Garden of Eden bikini from the Oral Fixation Vol. 2 cover, the red pants from her first world tour in 2002, both of her sparkly Super Bowl outfits custom designed by Peter Dundas, and more.
Shakira’s lyric journal | Rebecca Sapp
Another video features Latina music journalists discussing Shakira's most iconic music videos, which highlight themes of feminism, freedom and cross-cultural references. They point out how her iconic 2005 collab with Wyclef Jean, "Hips Don't Lie," is generally thought of as being about her body and its power, but really, it has a much deeper message. The video is a tribute to Afro-Colombian and Caribbean influence in Barranquilla and is a cross-cultural conversation between her and Wyclef, asserting their Caribbean connection and claiming the title refugee for themselves.
"I'm always upset when a musician — this happens a lot to women — is put in a little box by the general public and the mainstream press. I never liked that Shakira was always thought of as a light pop star, a pop star who's pretty and dances. I think that's such a disservice to her amazing discography and the work she has done," says Lechner. "She is a devoted, passionate musical globetrotter who has explored every single music genre that you can think of, with purity and respect, without doing any appropriation whatsoever, with a genuine love for the essence of the genres that she falls in love with."
Lechner added that Shakira has always been a musical chameleon, and in doing so, has helped popularize a variety of sounds with mainstream global audiences.
"'Ojos Así' was this seal of approval, it was this big cultural statement saying, 'I'm a hip rockera and I love Arabic music and I belly dance and I incorporate it into my music.' I think it opened the minds of so many people of my generation," Lechner added.
As you absorb all the stories about Shakira, her music and accomplishments, it’s nearly impossible to not feel inspired. It wouldn’t be a GRAMMY Museum exhibit without some interactive spaces in addition to all the education and musical artifacts. "Shakira, Shakira" features a mixing desk, where you can step into the producer's seat and practice mixing her music. There's also a TikTok booth, where you can watch Shaki's latest TikTok challenge and record yourself serving your best attempt to make your hips speak the truth.
And after you attempt to process all the jaw-dropping stats listed on the wall — like how she was the first solo female artist to chart a Spanish language song in the Top 10 of Billboard's Hot 100 and the first artist to top both Billboard's Top 40 Mainstream and Latin charts in the same week — take a seat to watch the final video, a rousing compilation of some of Shakira's best live performances over the years.
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Photo: Rebecca Sapp
6 Things To Know About Bonnie Raitt: Her Famous Fans, Legendary Friends & Lack Of Retirement Plan
During "A Conversation With Bonnie Raitt" at the GRAMMY Museum, 13-time GRAMMY winner detailed her career trajectory, history of big-name collaborations, and how her win for Song Of The Year at this year’s GRAMMY Awards was "a total surprise."
For the uninitiated, Bonnie Raitt is just an "unknown blues singer" — albeit one who managed to nab the Song Of The Year award at the 2023 GRAMMYs, plus two other trophies. But to the millions in the know, and the choice few in attendance for a chat with Raitt at the Grammy Museum on March 5, she is a living legend.
Over the course of her decades-long career, Raitt has earned 30 GRAMMY nominations, taking home 13 golden gramophones for tracks like "Nick Of Time," "Something To Talk About," and “SRV Shuffle,” as well as albums such as Luck Of The Draw and Longing In The Hearts. Last year, Raitt was awarded the GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award, and at this year’s ceremony, she snagged GRAMMYs for Best American Roots Song, Best Americana Performance and the coveted Song Of The Year.
Before she heads out on a tour of the western United States and Australia, Raitt sat down to chat with moderator David Wild for about two hours, musing not only about her "total surprise" about snagging the Song trophy, but also about her experience at the ceremony. It was an illuminating and downright charming experience — as well as an educational one. Here are six things we learned at "A Conversation With Bonnie Raitt."
Taylor Swift Is A Fan — And A Humble One At That
Raitt recounted being chatted up by Taylor Swift during the GRAMMYs, with Swift telling Raitt backstage that she felt okay losing Song Of The Year to her. Swift's "All Too Well (10 Minute Version)" was in competition, alongside works by Lizzo, Adele and Harry Styles.
Swift also introduced herself to Raitt, whom she’d never met, saying,"Hi, I’m Taylor." Raitt said she responded, "Ya think?" — which made the audience in the Clive Davis Theater crack up.
She’s A Master Collaborator, With More On The Way
"No one commands more respect" amongst their musical peers than Bonnie Raitt, said Wild, who's worked on the GRAMMY Awards as a writer since 2001. Whenever the show’s team has struggled to think of who could best pay tribute to someone like John Prine, Ray Charles, or Christine McVie, "the answer is always Bonnie Raitt."
That’s probably why, as Raitt noted, she’s recorded duets with more than 100 different musical acts — from Bryan Adams to B.B. King. Raitt added that she’d still love to work with Keith Richards, Bob Dylan, and H.E.R., and that fans can anticipate new collaborative work coming from work she’s done with Brandi Carlile and Sheryl Crow.
Raitt added that she’s gotten really into Unknown Mortal Orchestra lately, who she heard about through Bruce Hornsby.
She’s Learned From And Befriended Musical Masters
Raitt was effusive about her love for King, among others, saying that one of the great joys of her career has been sitting at the feet of blues greats like Sippie Wallace and Son House. The singer/songwriter expressed her gratitude for being able to help get so many of these once-forgotten masters both the attention and the pay they deserved. She cited her work with the Rhythm And Blues Foundation as being of great importance to her personally, saying that it’s vital that the roots of blues and jazz are taught in schools today.
Wild also got Raitt to open up about her friendship with legendary gospel-soul singer Mavis Staples, who toured with Raitt just last year. Calling Staples, "all the preacher I’ll ever need," Raitt said she thinks she and Staples bonded over being the daughters of famous fathers. "It’s a great honor of my life being friends with her," Raitt said of her "mutual sister."
Later, Raitt also waxed rhapsodic about another famous daughter, Natalie Cole, who she said she’d been thinking about all day.
Raitt’s Got An Independent Spirit And An Independent Label
A good portion of Wild and Raitt’s chat was devoted to the star’s career trajectory. The two detailed how, as a 21-year-old college student, Raitt signed to Warner Bros. only after they promised her complete creative control of her own indie label, Redwing.
Raitt said it was only with the help of a"team of mighty women" that she was able to go independent. She cited lessons from friends like Prine, Staples, and Jackson Browne, from whom she learned going it alone could be done successfully.
Bonnie Raitt Almost Missed Out On "I Can’t Make You Love Me"
Raitt also talked a bit about her previous GRAMMY triumphs, including her run of nominations and wins around 1989’s Nick Of Time. Her popular single, "I Can’t Make You Love Me," was originally written for Ricky Skaggs, who intended to make it a lively bluegrass record.
Raitt added that she thinks the song "Nick Of Time" struck a chord because she opened up about what it means to be getting older.
She’s Not Planning On Retiring (Or Dying) Any Time Soon
After joking that COVID lockdown felt like "house arrest" and "hibernation," Raitt said that her recent tours have been a blessing. "It feels like I was under the earth without any sunshine," Raitt says, reassuring attendees that she’s "never retiring." She said that while she’s lost eight friends in the past three or four weeks, including the great David Lindley, the 73-year-old is optimistic that she can "be here and celebrate for another couple of decades."
Raitt capped off the event doing what she loves best, teaming with long-time bassist Hutch Hutchinson for an intimate four-song set that included "Angel From Montgomery," "Shadow Of Doubt," "Nick Of Time," and the GRAMMY-winning "Just Like That." Raitt ended the evening by thanking the Recording Academy for inviting her out, joking, "I can’t believe I get to do this for a living."
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5 Things We Learned At "An Evening With Chuck D" At The GRAMMY Museum
The GRAMMY Museum celebrated Chuck D's debut fine art book, 'Livin' Loud,' and new PBS/BBC documentary "Fight The Power" with an insightful conversation filled with wisdom from the Public Enemy founder.
Chuck D is one of the great storytellers of our time, and a true hip-hop OG with a scholarly knowledge of the genre. A polymath creative, Chuck first came on the scene in 1985 when he and fellow Long Islander Flava Flav formed Public Enemy, signing with Def Jam the following year, and releasing their critically acclaimed debut album, Yo! Bum Rush the Show, in 1987.
Public Enemy would go on to release many important rap records with hard-hitting, poignant lyrics, like 1989’s "Fight The Power." Chuck has remained an active and uncompromising voice in hip-hop and social justice, offering his deeply resonant voice and far-reaching wisdom to rock and rap collaborations, documentaries, books and more.
In 2017, he shared his extensive expertise in his engaging rap bible, This Day In Rap And Hip-Hop History. Chuck's recently released debut fine art book, Livin' Loud: ARTitation, reveals another element of his creative power, with over 250 of his paintings, sketches and drawings along with a reflection on his creative journey.
Chuck also just dropped a four-part PBS and BBC docu-series called "Fight The Power: How Hip-Hop Changed The World," featuring interviews with a star-studded list of rappers, DJs, graffiti artists and more. The powerful series reexamines the history of hip-hop in the aftermath of the United States' racial and social justice movements of 2020, looking at injustice and resistance in the country through the experiences of its Black and Brown communities.
To celebrate the new documentary and book, Los Angeles' GRAMMY Museum held "An Evening With Chuck D," moderated by the GRAMMY Museum Education Coordinator Schyler O'Neal. The event opened with a screening of the first episode of "Fight The Power," which led into a conversation about the episode, series, and power of hip-hop and telling its stories thoughtfully, with Chuck and the show's Co-Executive Producer, Lorrie Boula. While Chuck dropped enough wisdom throughout the evening to fill another book, we've selected five big takeaways from the impactful and inspiring evening. The GRAMMY Museum conversation will be streamed online from Feb. 16 - 26, and tickets can be purchased here.
“Everybody has art in them, but not everybody can get art out of them. There’s no bad move, but you have to be able to get it out of you…today…people listen with their eyes,” Chuck said during the in-depth conversation, underscoring the importance of art in the visual age we live in. “Art is who you are. It’s your pulse. You have art in you, just be you. You can never get more perfect than a machine….The art is the human error, the mistake.”
Hip-Hop Was Born Out Of A Deeply Collaborative & Resilient Energy
The first episode of "Fight The Power: How Hip-Hop Changed The World" transports viewers back to New York City — the birthplace of hip-hop and its various cultural expressions — in the ‘60s through ‘80s, where challenging social and environmental factors proved to be fertile creative ground.
In 1975, New York was on the verge of bankruptcy. As quality of life declined, a sizable portion of the wealthier population fled to the suburbs, and more working-class people migrated to the Big Apple in search of opportunity. Residents of the Bronx, who were primarily people of color, suffered the worst from the city's qualms, including austerity cuts and harmful policies.
Amidst the dire circumstances, young people found ways to express themselves and come together. Because there were fewer cops patrolling the Bronx in the '70s, the city became the canvas for graffiti artists, and parties wouldn't get shut down. And this was how hip-hop was born; the early hip-hop parties were discos in the streets. "Hip-hop was disco's bastard child," one of the artists in the episode says with a laugh, explaining that turntables were the only instruments they had access to, since music programs were cut from schools.
“There were no constraints at this time, it was like a pot of cultural get down,” Chuck said of these foundational years of hip-hop, later adding, "As you see in episode one, it’s a collective movement…so we have more people than the usual suspects in our show.”.
Boula added that it was important to them to not only focus on the struggles, but to also show the side of the Bronx that wasn't televised. "We didn’t want to just focus on the oppression… You can try to oppress people, but they will find their f—ng joy. And we wanted to tell that story too."
Chuck D Was An Illustrator & Never Meant To Be A Rapper…
“1960, I was born and raised to make art,” Chuck said in one of many smile-inducing, mic drop moments. Chuck always drew, and entered the New York-wide student art contest every year — and always won or placed. He went to Adelphi University in Long Island to study design and brush up on his illustration skills, and was the school's political cartoonist as a freshman.
Unfortunately, he got kicked out of school because he only attended his art classes. He appealed, and got permission from all of his professors to take their classes again, and got the chance to give it another go. He said that the reason he stuck with it was because of his vision to run a hip-hop arts department. He was unimpressed by the art on most rap records, and wanted to be the one to change it. In fact, Chuck didn't write his first poem until he was 20 years old.
…But Rick Ruben Eventually Convinced Him To Rap With Def Jam
Chuck had a show at Adelphi’s radio station WBAU and rapped to fill the air time between records. In 1984, he recorded a promo tape with himself and Flavor Flav rapping, and it became a station favorite known as "Public Enemy No. 1." Rick Ruben heard the tape and spent two years trying to get Chuck to record with the then-new Def Jam Records.
Yet it was Def Jam's eye-catching logo that made Chuck actually take the offer seriously. “In 1986 I surrendered and signed my contract to become a damn recording artist,” Chuck said.
Chuck didn't make much visual art for the next 30 years, only revisiting it when his father passed away seven years ago. "The arts led me to cover up the silence [left by my father]."
"I have so much art coming out of me, but I don’t want to just do art for art's sake," he explained. "If I see something crazy, I’m going to illustrate it," he asserted.
A War Was Stopped For A Public Enemy & Ice-T Concert
When asked by O'Neal how hip-hop has changed the world, Chuck responded: “Hip-hop has made people change their languages around…to bring them together.” Hip-hop fashion over the years and rap vernacular continue to dominate pop culture, and rap music has become the most popular genre.
Chuck then told an incredible story about how fighting during the Balkans war in Eastern Europe was paused so that Public Enemy, Ice-T (who was in the audience), and Ice Cube could bring their AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted World Tour to war-torn Croatia. For one night in 1994, locals of different beliefs and religions came together to find solace at a hip-hop show. Once the rappers and their crew crossed the border, the bombing continued, but officials felt that the concert was important enough to call for a temporary cease fire.
Chuck D Is Launching A "TikTok For Hip-hop x35"
One of the highlights of the 2023 GRAMMY Awards was the epic GRAMMY Tribute to 50 Years of Hip-Hop, a powerhouse 15-minute medley featuring some of rap’s greatest, including Chuck and Flava, who performed Public Enemy’s "Rebel Without a Pause." When O'Neal asked how it happened, Chuck responded, "Questlove called everybody," which worked because "he's like the Quincy [Jones] of hip-hop."
Speaking about the magic of all those artists spending time together, Chuck noted that he built online mp3 depository RapStation in 2001 (before MySpace!) to expand listeners’ horizons and expose them to talented rappers. RapStation still exists, offering rap news and internet radio shows, but Chuck revealed]that he will be launching a new rap app called Bring The Noise, which he described as "TikTok for hip-hop x35."
Bringing together all his epic stories, threads and themes of the evening like only Chuck D can, he said: "We curate man. That’s what I’ve always wanted to do, curate art."
"We learn how to be spectacular. Spectacle gets you in the building, but spectacular keeps you in the building," Chuck said to close things out on an inspirational note, and to a standing ovation. "Spectacular keeps you coming back from more…so that when you disappear there’s a mark left that’s missed…so make your mark, take it seriously."
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The GRAMMY Museum Announces 'Shakira, Shakira: The GRAMMY Museum Experience,' Honoring Her Creative Legacy; Opening March 2023
To showcase Shakira's enduring career, the GRAMMY Museum presents 'Shakira, Shakira: The GRAMMY Museum Experience,' opening on Saturday, March 4, as part of the Museum's permanent Latin Music Gallery
On Saturday, March 4, The GRAMMY Museum will open Shakira, Shakira: The GRAMMY Museum Experience, showcasing Shakira's enduring creative legacy spanning more than three decades as a singer, songwriter, producer, dancer, visual artist, philanthropist, and global icon.
Visitors can see the exhibit on display in downtown Los Angeles at the Museum's permanent Latin Music Gallery.
A multi-GRAMMY-winning and Latin GRAMMY Award-winning artist, Shakira has sold more than 85 million records worldwide and has won numerous awards in addition to those from the Recording Academy. Her albums and releases consistently break records, and she is the most-viewed and -streamed Latin female artist of all time on YouTube and Spotify. She was also honored as the Latin Recording Academy’s Person of the Year in 2011 for her artistic achievements in the Latin music industry as well as their humanitarian efforts.
"It's an honor to have the journey of my career displayed at the GRAMMY Museum," Shakira said in a statement. "These pieces are a testament to so many indelible moments that I cherish, and I'm so happy to be able to relive these memories with those who have and continue to support me as an artist."
Shakira, Shakira explores the artist's musical evolution, from her origins as a Latin rock-loving singer/songwriter in Barranquilla, Colombia, to a global superstar whose catalog spans multiple genres, from bhangra and bachata to rock and reggaetón.
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Early in her career, Shakira began fusing elements of her ethnicities and multicultural roots to construct a richly layered sonic universe that allowed her to grow as a creator while appealing to a worldwide audience. Partly by incorporating her Lebanese heritage on her father's side — along with Arabic dancing and the mainstream pop rock that she grew up with — she achieved international crossover success and broke boundaries for Latin artists.
To deepen visitors' appreciation and understanding of how these cultural elements have shaped every aspect of her songs, music videos, performances, and world tours, the first museum exhibit about Shakira features interactive features that provide fresh insights into her creative process.
It also includes a songwriting notebook with handwritten lyrics from her personal archive along with 40 other artifacts, acoustic and Swarovski-studded electric guitars, iconic outfits from her performances and album covers, three original films, and an immersive space that draws inspiration from her El Dorado tour.
Highlights from the Shakira, Shakira: The GRAMMY Museum Experience include:
Forty artifacts from Shakira’s personal archive
Shakira’s two 2020 Super Bowl LIV outfits (one red, one gold) and her Gibson Firebird electric guitar, covered with 70,000 black Swarovski crystals
Taylor acoustic guitar that Shakira uses for songwriting
Fender Stratocaster, covered with pink Swarovski crystals, that Shakira played on her Oral Fixation tour (2006-2007)
Gold Yamaha Revstar electric guitar Shakira played on her 2018 El Dorado tour
Iconic outfits from Shakira’s 2018 El Dorado tour
Leaf-covered bikini Shakira wore on the cover of her 2005 album, Oral Fixation, Vol. 2
Songwriting notebook with handwritten lyrics
This announcement comes on the heels of Shakira's latest release with Argentinian producer and DJ Bizarrap, "SHAKIRA || BZRP Music Sessions #53," which has made history in its own way. With the most streams in a single day for a Spanish-language song, it raked in more than 14 million streams in the first 24 hours and became the fastest Latin song to reach 100 million streams. Another historic moment for Shakira, the song debuted at #9 on the Billboard Hot 100, making her the first solo woman to reach the Top 10 on the chart with a song recorded in Spanish. She has also broken the all-time record for most monthly listeners for a Latin artist in Spotify history. The video amassed 160 million views on YouTube in the first week.
"Shakira is the rare superstar who has discovered a way to keep evolving as an artist while growing her expansive audience along with her," said Jasen Emmons, Chief Curator & Vice President of Curatorial Affairs at the GRAMMY Museum. "She's a serious student of music, and the GRAMMY Museum is excited to offer a dynamic exhibit that reflects her intelligence and artistry."
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