Discover Even More About Your Favorite GRAMMY Artists With GRAMMYconnect
It’s an AI fan experience that brings you closer to the artists you love
Every year, the GRAMMY community grows larger. What's more, nominees—from musicians and songwriters to producers and sound engineers—establish new connections within that very community. Giving fans a unique way to explore those connections is what GRAMMYconnect is all about.
This year, the Recording Academy has partnered with IBM to use artificial intelligence to make these music connections easier to understand and a lot more fun to explore.
How does GRAMMYconnect work?
GRAMMYconnect uses IBM Watson to analyze more than 14 million articles and bios and news articles on 19,000 GRAMMY-nominated artists, discovering and visualizing the many ways they are all connected. And we’re making it available to the world at grammyconnect.com.
"This partnership is about empowering discovery and identifying connections—connections between those who create music, as well as those of us who love music,” says Evan Greene, Chief Marketing Officer of the Recording Academy. “Anchored by the awesome power of IBM’s enterprise-grade AI, GRAMMYconnect will not only enhance the way fans experience the GRAMMYs, but it will also allow streamlined navigation through the massive and complex universe of connected music and music creators."
How can fans interact with GRAMMYconnect?
Fans can navigate the experience by musical genre, award category, or by clicking on the image of an artist to see who they’re connected to, and how. Maybe they studied at the same music academy. Or got their start on “The X-Factor.” Or maybe they are both Best New Artist nominees from Albania, like Dua Lipa and Bebe Rexha.
GRAMMYconnect uses Watson Discovery to mine trusted sources of information about the industry, including the Official GRAMMY archive at GRAMMY.com and Muzooka. When it went live, Watson Discovery identified more than 20 million connections between artists, industry professionals, and other celebrities.
Behind The Scenes: On Set With Rising R&B Star Ella Mai
Mai's hit single "Boo'd Up" is getting a GRAMMY music video makeover just in time for the 61st GRAMMY Awards on Feb. 10
The 61st GRAMMY Awards on Feb. 10 is just days away, and to get fans even more excited, the Recording Academy is taking them behind the scenes with first-time GRAMMY nominee Ella Mai for a music video collaboration featuring her hit single "Boo'd Up."
The song is getting a music video makeover, but it won't be your typical set of visuals. This will be an experience you'll have to engage with to see more of. Consisting of four parts, the video will ask viewers to interact with it by in order to unlock the next segment. As it goes on, each video segment progresses into a more elaborate scene filled with guests and surprises.
"Ultimately, what you see when we launch will be completely different from the video that you see when we conclude," Recording Academy Chief Marketing Officer Evan Greene said in the Behind The Scenes video.
Video director James Frost said the idea is to take you on a visual journey:
"One [video setup] we start at the beginning, which is a really stripped-down version of the video. Gradually, in each additional setup we build the video up even more, so the idea of being when people click at certain points the video will evolve and become bigger."
"Each year on the GRAMMYs, we try to do something with an artist that's very relevant to that year and so we're always looking for someone that's topical to kind of star in our promotions for that year's theme," Creative Director Jason Karley said on why they worked with Mai.
Greene adds: "Ella Mai's 'Boo'd Up' is a song that's permeated culture and so everybody knows this song, but now we want to give people a little bit of a different way to experience it, unlike anything they've ever seen before."
Watch how the Recording Academy and Ella Mai put together this elaborate project in the above video, and tune into the 61st GRAMMY Awards to see Ella Mai and more of your favorite artists.
To watch Mai's video, go to grammysevolving.com.
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Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper Win Best Pop Duo/Group Performance | 2019 GRAMMYs
The 'A Star Is Born' leads take home Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for "Shallow" at the 61st GRAMMY Awards
She also gave a dazzling performance of "Shallow" on the GRAMMY stage during the show.
Gaga accepted the GRAMMY for the pair and gave a powerful speech. The win marked her second of the night and the first-ever win for actor Cooper. "Shallow," which the duo sung together in A Star Is Born and is featured as a single from the film's soundtrack, also won Best Song Written For Visual Media. Gaga's "Joanne (Where Do You Think You're Goin'?)" snagged Best Pop Solo Performance.
During her emotional acceptance speech the star spoke to the importance of the mental health awareness.
"I'm so proud to be a part of a movie that adresses mental health issues, they're so important. And a lot of artists deal with that, and we gotta take care of each other. So if you see somebody that's hurting, don't look away. And if you're hurting, even though it might be hard, try to find that bravery within yourself to dive deep and go tell somebody," Gaga said.
Other Best Pop Duo/Group Performance nominees were Christina Aguilera and Demi Lovato ("Fall In Line"), Backstreet Boys ("Don't Go Breaking My Heart"), Tony Bennett and Diana Krall ("'S Wonderful"), Maroon 5 and Cardi B ("Girls Like You"), Justin Timberlake and Chris Stapleton ("Say Something") and Zedd, Maren Morris and Grey ("The Middle").
Gaga has earned nine GRAMMY wins and received 24 nominations to date times.
She won her first two GRAMMYs at the 52nd GRAMMY Awards for Best Dance Recording for "Poker Face" and Best Dance/Electronic Album for The Fame, her debut album. She also made her first GRAMMY stage performance that year, singing a medley that included her "Poker Face" and "Speechless" along with GRAMMY-winning icon Elton John's "Your Song," who joined her onstage for an unforgettable duet.
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Everyone's A VIP At Clive Davis' Pre-GRAMMY Gala: From Travis Scott To Jimmy Jam To Brandi Carlile
Pass through the velvet rope at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles for an exclusive look at the star-studded 2019 Pre-GRAMMY Salute To Industry Icons
On Feb. 9, on the eve of Music's Biggest Night, the 61st GRAMMY Awards, artists from across genres and decades gathered at the glitzy Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Calif. for the 2019 Pre-GRAMMY Salute To Industry Icons.
Less than 24 hours before the big red carpet walk today, the likes of current GRAMMY nominees Ella Mai, Dua Lipa, Diplo, Shaggy, Alice Cooper and Weird Al Yankovich, and GRAMMY winners Melissa Etheridge and Quincy Jones, brought their vibrant energy and killer looks at the annual celebration hosted by the Recording Academy and Clive Davis. Onlookers tried to spy the glam looks on the red carpet as they peered into the hotel's glass—we'll let you past the velvet rope and walk it with us as at this exclusive music industry event.
Dua Lipa & Ellie Goulding | Photo: Steve Granitz/WireImage/Getty Images
This year's who's-who of music gala celebrated iconic industry veteran Clarence Avant, known as the Godfather Of Black Music, as the honoree of the evening. Like event host and fellow legend Davis, he helped launch the careers of many great artists, working with the likes of GRAMMY-winning greats Bill Withers, Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds and Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis of The Time.
The video celebrating Avant had countless heroes such as Former President Barack Obama, Jones, Diddy and JAY-Z sharing how much they love Avant, the powerful impact he's made on their lives and music, and how he always knows the right thing to say. Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow introduced him with a fitting complement, and a huge one given the company they were in: "You're the ultimate music person." The Time properly brought the funk on stage to celebrate Avant with a performance of their '80s hits "The Bird" and "Jungle Love," dancing as if no time had passed.
Current GRAMMY nominee Travis Scott set the mood opening the evening's performances with "Goosebumps" and "Sicko Mode," while sisters and fellow nominees Chloe x Halle brought home a rousing cover of the late GRAMMY-winning Queen Of Soul Aretha Franklin's "Sisters Are Doing It For Themselves." Brandi Carlile, another current GRAMMY nominee, returned to the stage to join the duo, along with past nominee Valerie Simpson and Broadway star Keala Settle, ending the evening on quite the high note.
Chloe x Halle | Photo: Scott Dudelson/Getty Images
Other musical guests for the evening included current nominees Bebe Rexha, Florida Georgia Line and H.E.R., along with past nominees Jazmine Sullivan and Ledisi, plus GRAMMY winner Rob Thomas. Sullivan and Thomas offered a powerful duet, belting out Aretha and George Michael's "I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)."
As the evening rolled on, Davis made sure to highlight all the countless legends in the room, as the crowd continuously burst into applause and often up on their feet to celebrate the likes of music greats Barbara Streisand, George Clinton and Dionne Warwick, along with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Apple's Tim Cook and even former-L.A. Lakers star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
Don't forget to tune in to the 2019 GRAMMYs live from Staples Center today. Start with the GRAMMY Awards Premiere Ceremony at 12:30 p.m. PST/3:30 ET, then follow us to the red carpet at 2:00 p.m. PST/5:00 p.m. ET—both will be live streamed right here on right here on GRAMMY.com.
Then the moment you've all been waiting for, the 61st GRAMMY Awards, hosted by 15-time GRAMMY winner Alicia Keys, will air live at 5:00 p.m. PST/8:00 p.m. ET / 7:00 p.m. CT on CBS.
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Janelle Monáe: 'Dirty Computer' Track List Features Brian Wilson, Pharrell Williams
The R&B singer reveals the inspiration behind each of the 14 tracks on her upcoming studio album
We're just two days out from Janelle Monáe's first studio album since 2013's The Electric Lady, and today she revealed the LP's track list thanks to an interactive website packed with goodies.
The interactive website announcing Dirty Computer's track list requires users to type "I am a dirty computer" before entering. Then we get to the details, including the titles, guest artists and inspirations behind the 14-track album — which are prompted when a user clicks through the tracks on an orange circular backdrop.
Dirty Computer will feature guest appearances by former Beach Boy Brian Wilson ("Dirty Computer"), Zoë Kravitz ("Screwed"), the previously released collaboration with Grimes ("Pynk"), and Pharrell Williams ("I Got The Juice").
We also learn the wide-ranging and often political influences Monáe has channeled for the LP, which range from Bible verses to the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C., to Barack Obama, Quincy Jones, Prince, and Black Panther and "the vibranium in Wakanda."
The reveal of Dirty Computer's track list also comes one day before the 44-minute sci-fi Dirty Computer: An Emotion Picture short film starring Monáe and actor Tessa Thompson that will air exclusively on MTV and BET on April 26. It features a futuristic storyline in a society where citizens are referred to as "computers" and will set the tone for the album's release the following day on April 27.
"Dirty Computer is a near-future story about a citizen who finds love and danger in a totalitarian society. She's an outlaw because she’s being herself," she said, per Billboard. "Overall, I wanted to reflect what's happening in the streets right now, and what might happen tomorrow if we don't band together and fight for love."