Watch Backstage Interviews At Essence Fest 2022: Questlove, Sevyn Streeter, DreamDoll, D-Nice, Raekwon & More
Questlove of the Roots performing at Essence Fest 2022

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Watch Backstage Interviews At Essence Fest 2022: Questlove, Sevyn Streeter, DreamDoll, D-Nice, Raekwon & More

Essence Fest 2022 may be a wrap, but the memories of this celebration of Black joy and creativity will resonate for life. Get a hint of the festival's magic via these exclusive backstage interviews with artists who performed.

GRAMMYs/Jul 5, 2022 - 10:13 pm

It was majestic to witness such an explosion of Black joy, solidarity and creative expression at Essence Fest 2022, which occurred just before Independence Day at Caesars Superdome in one of the greatest music cities in the world — New Orleans, Louisiana.

But the power of those performances — by Nicki Minaj, the Isley Brothers, the Roots, Jazmine Sullivan, Janet Jackson, and so many other Black leading lights — goes hand-in-hand with their heartfelt candor backstage, when they picked up a mic to speak with

Below, check out a selection of the artists spoke with at Essence Fest 2022. See you next year, New Orleans!

Coco Jones

Kees Dieffenthaller

Justine Skye

Sevyn Streeter





Carl Thomas

Ida Divine

Teedra Moses




Jai'Len Josey

Questlove Pens New Book: 'Creative Quest'


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Questlove Pens New Book: 'Creative Quest'

GRAMMY-winning Roots drummer set to release his fourth book on the creative process in April 2018

GRAMMYs/Sep 22, 2017 - 01:34 am

No stranger to writing books, Questlove has announced his fourth book, Creative Quest, will arrive April 24, 2018.

According to a statement from the book's publisher, Creative Quest "synthesizes all the creative philosophies, lessons and stories [Questlove has] heard from the many creators and collaborators in his life, and reflects on his own experience, to advise readers and fans on how to consider creativity and where to find it."

Not only will the Roots ​drummer provide personal examples of creativity, he also taps into the lessons he has learned from other notable artists, such as George Clinton, Björk, Ava DuVernay, and David Byrne, equaling a journey full of creative inspiration.

The book is available to pre-order, and follows his other books: 2016's Something To Food About: Exploring Creativity With America's Most Innovative Chefs, 2015's Mo' Meta Blues: The World According To Questlove and 2013's Soul Train: The Music, Dance And Style Of A Generation.

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Questlove Keynote & More Added To ASCAP I Create Music Expo


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Questlove Keynote & More Added To ASCAP I Create Music Expo

Other additions to the expo include a panel on emo rap and Nashville's take on of international sounds

GRAMMYs/Apr 13, 2019 - 04:15 am

GRAMMY-winning musician, DJ and producer Questlove will have a keynote conversation with GRAMMY-winning songwriter and ASCAP President and Chairman Paul Williams at the ASCAP I Create Music Expo.

The Roots drummer will also be presented with ASCAP Creative Voice Award, the membership organization announced. Others added to the expo panels include GRAMMY-nominated DJ and producer TOKiMONSTA. The event will take place May 2−4 in Los Angeles at the Loews Hollywood Hotel. 

"This Is Us" composer Sidd Khosla, Freddy Kennett of Louis The Child, songwriter Priscilla Renea and singer/songwriter Stephen Bishop were also added as panelists. 

Among other additions: The Rise of Emo rap panel featuring Morgan Freed, producer Charlie Shuffler, and artists Lil Aaron and Kreayshawn and Nashville Goes Global, which will feature Ashley Gorley, Tommee Profitt, Chris Farren, Steven Battey and Dave Kuncio and will explore the city's support of international sounds. 

Wyclef Jean and "Shallow" writer Anthony Rossomando are some of the music creators previously announced for the music expo designed to give rising music makers tools and resources.  

For more information on how to attend the expo, visit ASCAP's website

Music Saved My Life: Mental Health Awareness Month 2018


Music Saved My Life: Mental Health Awareness Month 2018

Recognize and celebrate the healing power of music for our mental health

GRAMMYs/Jun 1, 2018 - 01:30 am

May is Mental Health Awareness Month.

Every year since 1949, the entire month has been reserved to raise awareness about the importance of managing mental health, shed light on the universal struggle of depression, anxiety and other aspects of mental well-being, and encourage people to reach out for help.

The Recording Academy recognizes the healing power of music and how the indescribable feelings of the right song at the right time can be both a sonic salve and an emotive line of communication that tells a listener, "No, you truly are not alone."

Throughout May, we will share important quotes and stories from artists who have made the choice to speak publicly about how their mental health has directly affected their lives, and how the healing power of music has helped them on their path toward a more peaceful, present and mindful life.

Check back daily for inspirational messages from your favorite artists, and each week for more expansive stories about how musicians have addressed their mental health. You'll learn how some of your favorite artists have benefitted from the healing power of music in their own lives, which we hope will serve as inspiration in yours.

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Red Bull Music Academy Closes, Shares Over Two Decades Of Lectures

Questlove at RBMA event in 2013

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Red Bull Music Academy Closes, Shares Over Two Decades Of Lectures

You can now watch lectures from GRAMMY winners D' Angelo, Questlove, Bootsy Collins and others on Red Bull Music Academy's online archive

GRAMMYs/Nov 2, 2019 - 03:40 am

Yesterday, Oct. 31, the Red Bull Music Academy officially ended after hosting 21 years of lectures, showcases, concerts and content with forward-thinking artists across the globe. Now, all of their content—over 500 lectures, as well as deep-dive features, interviews and other videos—is available for free on their website.

In the rich database of lectures alone, you can find conversations with GRAMMY winners D' Angelo, Questlove, Bootsy Collins, Boi-1da and GRAMMY nominees BjörkPusha T and Robyn, to name a few.

The archive showcases the extensive content library organized by categories like "Chicago: House and hip-hop, footwork and Frankie Knuckles: Examining the abundance of talent born and bred in the Windy City." Here you can find a feature examining the influence of Chicago and Detroit's underground house scenes on current-day techno, as well as Chicago house legend Larry Heard's 2018 RBMA lecture.

Other archive categories include "Beat-Making: The stories behind our favorite beats and beat-makers," "Afrofuturism: Reimagining black history and exploring black features in music" and "DIY: Stories and lectures showcasing resourceful creativity."

The company will continue to offer music programming and events in a more decentralized, locally focused fashion with their Red Bull Music arm. Back in April, they announced their plan to discontinuing RBMA and Red Bull Radio and split with Yadastar, the creative and marketing agency that led the two programs.

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Launched back in 1998, RBMA tapped hundreds of emerging and established avant-garde musicians, producers and more to share their music, stories and knowledge, giving them a well-regarded platform to connect with other creatives and fans.

The main event was the annual "Academy," where "artists from around the world came together in a different host city to learn from musical luminaries—and each other—and collaborate in custom-built studios," according to the website. In addition to the annual event, RBMA hosted their own festivals, stages at other events, club nights, workshops and Red Bull Radio.

As Pitchfork pointed out, "acts including Flying Lotus, SOPHIE, Objekt and Nina Kraviz benefitted to various degrees from a broad infrastructure that included international concerts and festivals as well as access to high-end equipment and studios."

You can visit to dive into the archive.

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