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GRAMMY Rewind: Watch Cyndi Lauper Win Her First GRAMMY For Best New Artist In 1985
In a special episode of GRAMMY Rewind presented by Bulova, the Official Timepiece Partner of the Recording Academy, watch Cyndi Lauper win her first GRAMMY for Best New Artist at the 27th GRAMMY Awards in 1985
By now, it's a given that Cyndi Lauper was a 1980s pop queen. In that decade, her hits like "Girls Just Want to Have Fun," "Time After Time" and "Money Changes Everything" were inescapable.
After the pair presented Lauper with her first GRAMMY, for Best New Artist, at the 27th GRAMMY Awards in 1985, the flame-haired star — flanked by the towering Hulk Hogan — accepted her golden gramophone with an irresistible smile and wave.
In a special episode of GRAMMY Rewind presented by Bulova, the Official Timepiece Partner of the Recording Academy, watch Lauper thank a litany of friends and collaborators — "I should have wrote the list!" she laments — as she initiates her decades-long GRAMMY reign.
Check out the exuberant video above and watch more episodes of the GRAMMY Rewind special edition series presented by Bulova ahead of the 2022 GRAMMYs show.
Will Smith at the 1999 GRAMMYs
GRAMMY Rewind: Watch Will Smith Dedicate His 1999 Best Rap Solo Performance GRAMMY To His Son
In his acceptance speech, he offers thanks to his family and "the jiggiest wife in the world, Jada Pinkett Smith"
Today, Sept. 25, we celebrate the birthday of the coolest dad—who else? Will Smith! For the latest episode of GRAMMY Rewind, we revisit the Fresh Prince's 1999 GRAMMY win for Best Rap Solo Performance for "Gettin' Jiggy Wit It."
In the below video, watch rappers Missy Elliott—donning white leather—and Foxy Brown present the GRAMMY to a stoked Smith, who also opted for an all-leather look. In his acceptance speech, he offers thanks to his family and "the jiggiest wife in the world, Jada Pinkett Smith." He dedicates the award to his eldest son, Trey Smith, joking that Trey's teacher said he (then just six years old) could improve his rhyming skills.
The classic '90s track is from his 1997 debut studio album, Big Willie Style, which also features "Miami" and 1998 GRAMMY winner "Men In Black," from the film of the same name. The "Está Rico" rapper has won four GRAMMYs to date, earning his first back in 1989 GRAMMYs for "Parents Just Don't Understand," when he was 20 years old.
Rob Thomas And Carlos Santana
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GRAMMY Rewind: Watch Santana & Rob Thomas Self-Assuredly Win Record Of The Year For "Smooth" In 2000
In the newest episode of GRAMMY Rewind, watch Santana and Rob Thomas win Record Of The Year at the 42nd GRAMMY Awards for "Smooth," the unlikely smash-hit pairing of the classic rock legend and Matchbox Twenty leader
By all accounts, Santana's and Rob Thomas' 1999 megahit "Smooth" almost didn't happen. In its embryonic stages, Carlos Santana was skeptical of the tune; the AM-radio effect on Thomas's voice alone engendered its own smattering of arguments.
But in a quintessential lesson about why you should never, ever give up, "Smooth" became the second-biggest single of all time, second only to Chubby Checker's "The Twist." It also led to the 2000 GRAMMY Awards, where the unlikely pair won the GRAMMY for Record Of The Year.
In the newest episode of GRAMMY Rewind, revisit the moment 21 years ago when an unlikely gambit paid off in dividends, putting a feather in the cap of Matchbox Twenty's leader and landing a classic rocker back on the airwaves.
Check out the throwback GRAMMY moment above and click here to enjoy more episodes of GRAMMY Rewind.
GRAMMY Rewind: Watch Celine Dion Win Record Of The Year For "My Heart Will Go On"
Two decades before Billie Eilish's 2020 win, Celine Dion stepped onto the GRAMMY stage to take home Record Of The Year for her smash hit "My Heart Will Go On"
Long before Billie Eilish's 2020 Record Of The Year win, French-Canadian pop sensation Celine Dion stepped onto the GRAMMY stage to take home Record Of The Year for her smash hit "My Heart Will Go On."
It was 1999: two years after Dion's ballad was prominently featured in James Cameron's star-crossed epic "Titanic," a song placement that forever impacted the way music was used in film. The Canadian vocal powerhouse was up against the Goo Goo Dolls ("Iris"), Monica and Brandy ("The Boy Is Mine"), Madonna ("Ray Of Light") and Shania Twain ("You're Still The One").
During her acceptance speech, it was only fitting that Dion, who took home the golden gramophone along with Walter Afanasieff, Simon Franglen and James Horner, thank the person who made her own heart, well, go on.
Watch the GRAMMY Rewind video above to hear Dion's speech, which thanked her late husband and manager, René Angélil.
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Inside The Bulova "Tune Of Time" Brunch With Nile Rodgers
Featuring a special Q&A and performance by GRAMMY winner Nile Rodgers, the Bulova “Tune of Time” brunch event helped kick the 60th GRAMMY countdown fever into high gear
Time is a gift and no one knows that better than Bulova. That's why the Recording Academy partnered with the New York-based maker of classic timepieces this afternoon for the "Tune of Time" brunch, which featured a live performance by three-time GRAMMY winner, Nile Rodgers.
The exclusive event was held at the posh Cipriani in lower Manhattan, N.Y. Tastemakers, musicians, producers, and industry vets mingled while air kisses were blown across the room during cocktail hour. Mimosas and bellinis flowed as guests posed for pictures on the red carpet with the life size GRAMMY statuette. Once seated, guests were formally welcomed by Michael Benavente, managing director at Bulova, who shared his excitement for the partnership with the Recording Academy. He offered powerful words about the impact of music, noting that the spirit of today's event is the "intersection of music and time."
The audience had a chance to hear directly from Rodgers as GRAMMY Museum Executive Director Scott Goldman sat down with the legend for a one-on-one conversation. When asked about his gift for collaborating with other artists, Rodgers — who has produced for legends like Diana Ross, Mick Jagger, Madonna, and many more, offered a simple answer: "I'm not afraid to fail, and I have total respect for the artist I work with," he said.
During the conversation Nile also spoke about the forthcoming Chic album, It's About Time, which was delayed because of the untimely passing of his close friends, Prince and David Bowie. The frontman, who describes his band as the “Grateful Dead of dance music,” admits to usually playing just one special guitar, despite having well over 100 of them.
The highlight of the afternoon was undoubtedly the performance by the producer extraordinaire, and his band, Chic. Rodgers, who is a co-founding member of Chic and lead guitarist, reminded us why he's the king of disco funk. The band gave an explosive performance that had everyone on their feet, singing along. Performing hits such as “Everybody Dance," “I Want Your Love” and even some new material, it felt like Studio 54 in the '70s. And if that wasn't enough, Rodgers also performed hits from artists he's collaborated with, including Diana Ross and Sister Sledge.
Not one person was seated during the performance — Jason Lipshutz, editorial director at Billboard, included. "To hear Nile tell stories and reflect on his contributions to music and witness a live performance really sets the tone for the weekend,” Lipshutz remarked.
GRAMMY.com also got a chance to chat with Rodgers, a New York native, about working with Bulova. "Bulova is such an iconic brand. All of my life I've been going to the airport and passing the Bulova building, which is a landmark," says the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee. "And the GRAMMYs are a symbol of excellence. It's cool to be associated with iconic brands."
As the official timepiece partner of the 60th GRAMMY Awards, Bulova is celebrating the milestone anniversary with a limited-edition timepiece that will be presented to all winners of tomorrow's annual GRAMMY celebration.
Hosted by James Corden, the 60th GRAMMY Awards will take place at Madison Square Garden in New York on Jan. 28, airing live on CBS from 7:30–11 p.m. ET/4:30–8 p.m. PT.
(Lakeia Brown is a freelance writer and host of the podcast, Decoded with Elle Bee. She has been published in publications like O, The Oprah Magazine, Essence and Complex. You can follow her on IG @elle_bee_decoded.)