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Clive Davis Chats With Joni Mitchell, H.E.R., Oprah Winfrey & More During 2021 GRAMMY Celebration Benefiting The GRAMMY Museum

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Clive Davis Chats With Joni Mitchell, H.E.R., Oprah Winfrey & More During 2021 GRAMMY Celebration Benefiting The GRAMMY Museum

The epic, invitation-only six-hour Zoom party not only celebrated the iconic music industry mogul's talented guests, ranging from DaBaby, H.E.R., Elton John, Berry Gordy Jr. and Oprah Winfrey—plus, it raised money for the GRAMMY Museum

GRAMMY Museum/May 18, 2021 - 02:22 am

The second star-studded Clive Davis-hosted virtual 2021 GRAMMY Awards show event took place this past weekend, on Sat., May 15. The epic, invitation-only six-hour Zoom party not only celebrated the iconic music industry mogul's talented guests, ranging from DaBaby, H.E.R., Elton John, Motown founder Berry Gordy Jr. and Oprah Winfrey, it also raised money for the GRAMMY Museum and its music education programs. (With a $5,000 donation, a seat at the Museum's cozy, inviting Clive Davis Theater can also have your name on it and support a great cause!)

The First Event: 2021 Pre-GRAMMY Virtual Gala: How The Annual Clive Davis Extravaganza Adapted To The Pandemic

The Clive Davis GRAMMY Gala was the second of two virtual events he hosted to celebrate the Biggest Night in Music this year. The first raised money for MusiCares and took place on Jan. 30, as it was planned before the 63rd GRAMMY Awards moved to March due to COVID-19. While the industry-lauded Clive Davis Pre-GRAMMY Gala usually takes place IRL in Beverly Hills the night before GRAMMYs, the pandemic didn't stop Davis from safely gathering his friends and colleagues in celebration.

Both virtual 2021 events followed the same format of something akin to an engrossing talk show hosted by Davis. The nights featured riveting performances and interviews with A-list celebrities across the generations, along with archival performances the host-with-the-most touted as some of the best of all time.

This second event was originally set to take place in March but was delayed due to Davis' health. Never one to tire or miss out on a chance to celebrate the music, artists and industry professionals he loves and admires, the Arista founder was back in host mode over the weekend.

Zooming in from his Pound Ridge, N.Y. home, he shared with his esteemed guests, "When I saw the RSVP list, I was overwhelmed with gratitude, as I read each of your names."

Those names included none other than Elton John, DaBaby, H.E.R., Joni Mitchell—her first interview in six years, Paul Simon, Queen's Brian May and Roger Taylor, Dave Grohl, Dionne Warwick, Barry Manilow, Chris Stapleton, Slash, Santana and Rob Thomas, John Mellencamp and Donovan, all of whom Davis interviewed, among others, during the event.

He also revealed—for the first time ever in his six-decade-spanning career—his favorite song. It's a tie between two Simon & Garfunkel compositions: "Bridge Over Troubled Water" and "The Boxer."

The evenings' non-archival performances included H.E.R. slaying Prince's "Nothing Compares 2 U"), Brandi Carlile's chilling rendition of Mitchell's "Case Of You" and Jazmine Sullivan paying tribute to Barbra Streisand with the song "The Way We Were."

Learn more about the GRAMMY Museum here and the Clive Davis Theater seat campaign here.

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Pearl Jam Named Record Store Day 2019 Ambassadors

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Pearl Jam Named Record Store Day 2019 Ambassadors

Pearl Jam's Mike McCready says "if you love music," record stores are the place to find it

GRAMMYs/Feb 13, 2019 - 04:05 am

Record Store Day 2019 will arrive on April 13 and this year's RSD Ambassadors are Pearl Jam. Past ambassadors include Dave Grohl, Metallica, Run The Jewels (Killer Mike and El-P), and 61st GRAMMY Awards winner for Best Rock Song St. Vincent.

McCready was also the 2018 recipient of MusiCares' Stevie Ray Vaughan Award

The band was formed in 1990 by McCready, Jeff Ament, Stone Gossard, and Eddie Vedder, and they have played with drummer Matt Cameron since 2002. They have had five albums reach No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and four albums reach No. 2.

"Pearl Jam is honored to be Record Store Day's Ambassador for 2019. Independent record stores are hugely important to me," Pearl Jam's Mike McCready said in a statement publicizing the peak-vinyl event. "Support every independent record store that you can. They're really a good part of society. Know if you love music, this is the place to find it."

With a dozen GRAMMY nominations to date, Pearl Jam's sole win so far was at the 38th GRAMMY Awards for "Spin The Black Circle" for Best Hard Rock Performance.

Pearl Jam will be performing on March 3 in Tempe, Ariz. at the Innings festival, on June 15 in Florence, Italy at the Firenze Rocks Festival and at another festival in Barolo, Italy on June 17. On July 6 Pearl Jam will headline London's Wembley Stadium.

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Original Misfits Unleash One Night Only L.A. Reunion Show

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Original Misfits Unleash One Night Only L.A. Reunion Show

Dark punk legends to play first show with Glenn Danzig and Jerry Only since last year's Riot Fest reunion

GRAMMYs/Aug 22, 2017 - 05:28 am

There's big news today for punk-rock fans aware that the Misfits made much more than just T-shirts.

The massively influential punk band announced a special show touted as the "only 2017 performance in this world… or any world" and billed as "The Original Misfits" in Los Angeles at the Forum on Dec. 30.

This will be the first Misfits show featuring original singer Glenn Danzig and original bassist Jerry Only with long-time guitarist Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein since the band reunited for a pair of Riot Fest appearances in Chicago and Denver in 2016. Last year's Riot Fest gigs, which featured drummer Dave Lombardo, marked the first time in 33 years the original Misfits members played together.

"OK Los Angeles, you've waited almost 35 years for this, here's your chance to see the "Original Misfits" in this Exclusive L.A. only performance." said Glenn Danzig. "No Tour, No BS, just one night of dark metal-punk hardcore brutality that will go down in the history books. See you there."

Tickets for this "one night only" show go on sale Friday, August 25.

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Lady Gaga Steps In To Support Youth Impacted By Hurricanes

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Lady Gaga Steps In To Support Youth Impacted By Hurricanes

GRAMMY winner pledges support for those impacted by hurricanes this year through Save the Children’s Journey of Hope program

GRAMMYs/Oct 12, 2017 - 11:03 pm

On Oct. 10 Lady Gaga announced she is devoting her $1 million donation in support of those impacted by the recent hurricanes in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico and the earthquakes in Mexico, to a specific cause — the mental and emotional well being of children and youth.

Gaga announced on her Born This Way Foundation website she will support Save the Children’s Journey of Hope program, which uses a variety of tools to help young people deal with trauma in the wake of natural disasters.

"Through a curriculum that includes cooperative play, discussion, art, meditation, and mindfulness practices, young people learn to recognize and understand their emotions and develop healthy coping skills," Gaga wrote. "Tens of thousands of youth have benefited from the program since it’s development in the wake of Hurricane Katrina and Save the Children is working to bring it to hundreds of thousands more in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico."

The announcement came on World Mental Health Day, and the Fame Monster has invited all of us to step up and consider making a contribution to the Journey of Hope program to support to mental and emotional needs of children.

"Mental health is just as vital to our wellbeing as physical health. That’s true for each of us, everyday, but it’s especially important for those coping with disaster and recovering from trauma," wrote Lady Gaga. "We must do everything within our power to support the full, vibrant recovery of these communities, from meeting their immediate needs to helping them to rebuild sustainably."

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Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Take Over The GRAMMY Museum
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Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Take Over The GRAMMY Museum

Hip-hop duo discuss their career beginnings and creating their GRAMMY-nominated album The Heist

GRAMMYs/Dec 3, 2014 - 05:06 am

Current seven-time GRAMMY nominees Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, along with their manager Zach Quillen, recently participated in an installment of the GRAMMY Museum's A Conversation With series. Before an intimate audience at the Museum's Clive Davis Theater, the hip-hop duo and Quillen discussed the beginning of the Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' career, having creative control over their work and recording their GRAMMY-nominated Album Of The Year, The Heist.

"I met somebody [who] had the same dedication as me, [who] put everything into the music, everything into the craft," said Ben Haggerty (aka Macklemore) regarding meeting Lewis. "I wanted a career and Ryan was somebody [who] had the same discipline and sacrificed everything."

"I think it took a little while before it became clear to me who [Macklemore] was going to be," said Lewis. "I think the first indication of that was with the song 'Otherside' from the VS. Redux EP]. … That song … embodied so much. It was a story nobody was telling. … It was just somebody who was dying to be on the mike and to say something."

Seattle-based rapper Macklemore and DJ/producer Lewis have been making music fans take notice since they released their debut EP, 2009's The VS. EP. They followed with VS. Redux, which reached No. 7 on the iTunes Hip-Hop chart. The duo made waves in 2011 with the release of their hit single "Can't Hold Us" featuring Ray Dalton. The next year Macklemore was featured on the cover of XXL Magazine's coveted freshman class issue, and Rolling Stone dubbed the duo an "indie rags-to-riches" success story.

Released in 2012, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' debut studio album, The Heist, reached No. 2 on the Billboard 200, propelled by the No. 1 hits "Can't Hold Us" and "Thrift Shop," the latter of which reached multi-platinum status and remained on top of the charts for six weeks. The album garnered a nomination for Album Of The Year and Best Rap Album at the 56th GRAMMY Awards, while "Thrift Shop" earned a nod for Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song. The duo's Top 20 hit "Same Love" featuring Mary Lambert earned a nomination for Song Of The Year and has been adopted by some as a pro-equality anthem. The duo garnered additional nominations for Best New Artist and Best Music Video for "Can't Hold Us."

Upcoming GRAMMY Museum events include Icons Of The Music Industry: Ken Ehrlich (Jan. 14) and A Conversation With Peter Guralnick (Jan. 15).