Austin City Limits 2019: 7 Rising Artists To Watch

Kat Dahlia

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Austin City Limits 2019: 7 Rising Artists To Watch

Here are several rising artists to add to your rotation from the Austin City Limits festival

GRAMMYs/Oct 14, 2019 - 09:47 pm

When it comes to music festivals, you pay for the headlining acts and leave with newfound emerging favorites. Over the course of two weekends, Austin City Limits 2019 gave festivalgoers more than enough chances to check out both sides of the spectrum, with both major-label marquee names and a heaping handful of up-and-comers. From Kat Dahlia to Pink Sweat$, here are several rising artists to add to your rotation from Austin City Limits 2019. 

Kat Dahlia

For fans of: Jessie Reyez, Alessia Cara, Kali Uchis

Dahlia is one of those genre-defying indie artists who has grown into her skin in front of all who are smart enough to keep tabs. The Cuban-American singer, who performed at the BMI stage at ACL weeked two, established a strong pop foundation with My Garden in 2015, whose titular track earned a spot on the Billboard 200. After a hiatus, Dahlia's re-introduction this year makes a case for taking a reprise to find the right wave to ride. Her new tracks, "Dime Si Te Llego" and "Mojada," spotlight her bilingual roots and lead towards seemingly effortless, airy urbano. It’s the kind of music that requires ample personal space for your arms to sway about freely. 

Pink Sweat$

For fans of: Omar Apollo, Mac Ayres

David Bowden has earned recognition in the music industry and beyond with just two bite-sized EPs. But, of course, he’s surely more than willing to take new membership applications for the pink gang (as he calls his fans). Sporting a baby pink vest and a pink in-ear monitor to match, he poured his soul out with a sultry, interactive performance. The Philadelphia native’s voice needs little instrumental support, and is a treat for solo over-ear headphone listening and outdoor group belting alike. His eclectic sound is due to his own musical tastes. "I feel like my ears are always eclectic to catchy things, but just different sounds," he an interview with the Recording Academy at ACL. 


For fans of: Mr Eazi, Burna Boy

Anything but a larger-than-life set is unlikely coming from this 19-year-old. If you’re a person who leaves the house, you’ve likely touched noses with someone as the sound of "Toast" filled the room. The Jamaican reggae and dancehall queen (born Mikayla Simpson) is a must-see and, being that she doesn’t yet have a collection of songs to her name, definitely one to keep an eye on. Safe to say standing still while listening to this multi-talented teen is nothing short of impossible.

Tierra Whack

For fans of: Megan Thee Stallion, Rico Nasty

This 24-year-old rapper is just getting started. But with a GRAMMY nomination and covetable spots on best end-of-year roundups and Pitchfork’s best-of-the-decade list, she’s accomplished more than most. Her 15-track debut pronounced her an unparalleled, refreshingly quirky addition to the hip-hop spectrum. The collection, Whack World, which clocks in for a total of 15 minutes, proves that longer isn’t always better—a notion she doubled down on with her live ACL setlist. At one point during her performance on weekend one, she took a dive into the crowd. "Not your average girl/He needed swag and I provide it," she sings on "Hungry Hippo."

Diamante Eléctrico  

For fans of: Jorge Drexler, Juan Pablo Vega, Monsieur Periné 

Though this trio from Colombia has always been a delight, with hundreds of live shows and a Latin GRAMMY for Best Rock Album win in 2017, their latest shift towards funk and a more experimental sound feels like the final stage of their artistic metamorphosis. Their latest album, Buitres, is a dreamy concoction. This is one of the very few Latin acts that made appearances both weekends.


For fans of: Dolly Parton, Aretha Franklin, Johnnyswim

For country music fans, Yola is a breath of fresh air. Adding a pinch of pop and a cup of soul to the classic guitar kick, this singer/songwriter’s sound is sweet and timeless. The U.K. artist made her official debut with Walk Through Fire. She followed that up with a booked schedule filled with impressive live performances at SXSW festival, Music Midtown, Newport Folk Festival on Rhode Island, and last but certainly not least, opener sets on Kacey Musgraves' tour. 


For fans of: Jorja Smith, Ella Mai, Summer Walker 

Signed to Atlantic Records at the age of 13, this young artist will envelope you with her honey-bathed voice, while her lyrics unleash relatable words of love and heartbreak. Her debut album, Love And Compromise, is a testament to her capabilities. She even stopped by backstage with the Recording Academy to share some details on who helped shape the album. If you managed to catch her at ACL's Honda stage this weekend, you can officially say you were an OG stan before she becomes a headliner. 

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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


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

 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

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

Photo: The Recording Academy


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

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."

Full Winners List: 61st GRAMMY Awards