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The Recording Academy And CBS Announce "Homeward Bound: A GRAMMY Salute To The Songs Of Paul Simon"; Featuring Performances From Dave Matthews, Brad Paisley, Brandi Carlile, Billy Porter, Rhiannon Giddens & Many More

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The Recording Academy And CBS Announce "Homeward Bound: A GRAMMY Salute To The Songs Of Paul Simon"; Featuring Performances From Dave Matthews, Brad Paisley, Brandi Carlile, Billy Porter, Rhiannon Giddens & Many More

Taking place on April 6 at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre in Los Angeles and airing later in 2022, the special tribute concert will feature performances from Dave Matthews, Brad Paisley, Brandi Carlile, Billy Porter, Rhiannon Giddens, Shaggy & many more

GRAMMYs/Mar 24, 2022 - 03:00 pm

The Recording Academy and CBS have announced "Homeward Bound: A GRAMMY Salute to the Songs of Paul Simon," a special tribute concert honoring 16-time GRAMMY winner Paul Simon. Taking place on Wednesday, April 6, 2022, at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre in Los Angeles and airing later in 2022, the tribute will feature a star-studded performer lineup of GRAMMY-winning artists and past and current GRAMMY nominees, including Brandi Carlile, Rhiannon Giddens, Angélique Kidjo, Little Big Town, Dave Matthews, Brad Paisley, Billy Porter, Shaggy, Take 6, Irma Thomas, and Trombone Shorty, who will all pay tribute to the singer/songwriter's legendary career. Paul Simon himself will make a special appearance at the tribute. 

Tickets for "Homeward Bound: A GRAMMY Salute to the Songs of Paul Simon" go on sale to the public on Saturday, March 26, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. PT here.

The salute will air on the CBS Television Network later in 2022 and will feature additional guest appearances and performances.

**Concert Info: **
Wed, April 6, 2022
Hollywood Pantages Theatre
6233 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028

Doors – 6:30 p.m. PT
Concert – 7:30 p.m. PT 

Homeward Bound: A GRAMMY Salute to the Songs of Paul Simon is produced by Ken Ehrlich Productions. Ken Ehrlich is executive producer.

2022 GRAMMYs Awards Show: Complete Nominations List

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Jon Stewart to LL Cool J: Who has hosted the GRAMMYs?

From Andy Williams and Whoopi Goldberg to Jon Stewart and LL Cool J, GRAMMY hosts have been a varied cast

GRAMMYs/May 15, 2017 - 01:36 pm

When LL Cool J takes the stage to open the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards, nobody's going to question his hosting credentials. The two-time GRAMMY-winning rapper, also star of "NCIS: Los Angeles," is a multiplatform dynamo. Plus he's experienced — he led last year's GRAMMY extravaganza at Staples Center.

The producers of Music's Biggest Night haven't always relied on the kind of superstar who can swing deftly from a concert stage to a TV set to shepherd millions of viewers through the telecast, though. Before LL Cool J got the nod in 2012, the GRAMMYs went hostless for several years. And before that — from the first nontelevised ceremony in 1959, with political comedian Mort Sahl, to 2005, when GRAMMY winner Queen Latifah was at the helm — an assortment of talents have played the role of GRAMMY host.

If they have anything in common, it may be along the lines of what a combined 50-plus years of Record and Song Of The Year awards share: they're all hugely recognizable. And more than a little influential.

Hosts, like the winning recordings, have been notable for the way they engaged (Paul Simon, host at the 23rd GRAMMY Awards in 1981, performed his relentlessly catchy "Late In The Evening"), or for the doses of poignancy they brought to the proceedings (just last year at the 54th GRAMMY Awards, LL Cool J led a prayer for the late Whitney Houston). Some captured the zeitgeist and, like certain songs, will go down in GRAMMY history for catching people off guard.   

Take Jon Stewart.

Stewart, along with Garry Shandling and Paul Reiser before him, fits the category of GRAMMY comedian hosts, an era that spans from 1987, when Billy Crystal began his three-year run, to 2002, when Stewart hosted for a second year. Stewart's entrance onto the 44th Annual GRAMMY stage on Feb. 27, 2002, was less than grand: At the end of an opening skit in which he tussled with a pretend airportlike security team – a riff on the pumped-up security measures that swept the country soon after Sept. 11 — he was stripped, forcibly, down to his boxers.

Because the GRAMMYs are well-versed in the ways of rock stars, their fashion sense included, the show is only nominally a black-tie event (at least since the mid-'60s, when, pre-televised, it was held in hotel ballrooms on both coasts). Boxers only, though, was a bolder-than-usual fashion statement.

At times, GRAMMY hosts such as Kelsey Grammer have been caught off guard. The TV actor, who hosted the 40th annual show in 1998, had to figure out what to make of the shirtless stage crasher who forever will be known as "Soy Bomb" because of those same two words, inexplicably painted across his bare chest. Soy Bomb, neé Michael Portnoy, memorably interrupted Bob Dylan's performance of "Love Sick," from his Album Of The Year-winning Time Out Of Mind, that night. Grammer — though he played a psychologist on TV at the time — was as confused by the stunt as everyone else.

Before comedy became a staple at GRAMMY telecasts, hosts were tapped for their own musical accomplishments. Andy Williams, a '60s superstar for indelible hits such as "Moon River" as well as his two TV variety series, hosted the first seven live shows, starting in 1971 with the 13th Annual GRAMMY Awards.

In 1978, for the 20th Annual GRAMMY Awards, Williams gave way to John Denver, then in his recording prime. Like Williams, Denver went on to become a regular — he hosted five more times, winding up his tenure in 1985. But his run was not without interruptions. Country star Kenny Rogers hosted in 1980, at the 22nd Annual GRAMMY Awards, and went on to host again six years later. Denver also put his hosting duties on hiatus in 1981, at the 23rd Annual GRAMMYs, when Simon signed on.

Williams is the only one of those early musical chart-toppers not to have won a GRAMMY himself, though he was nominated several times. In all, since the first broadcast, seven hosts have won GRAMMYs. Besides Denver, Rogers and Simon, Stewart won Best Comedy Album for 2004's The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Presents … America: A Citizens Guide To Democracy Inaction and Best Spoken Word Album for his 2010 release The Daily With Jon Stewart Presents Earth (The Audiobook); Whoopi Goldberg, who hosted the 34th Annual GRAMMYs in 1992, during the comedian-as-host phase and won for Best Comedy Recording for her 1985 album Whoopi Goldberg — Original Broadway Show Recording; Queen Latifah, who hosted in 2005 and won Best Rap Solo Performance in 1994 for "U.N.I.T.Y."; and current host LL Cool J, who won Best Rap Solo Performance in 1991 for "Mama Said Knock You Out" and in 1996 for "Hey Lover." DeGeneres is vying to become the eighth with a current 55th GRAMMY nomination for Best Spoken Word Album. Simon has given the most acceptance speeches — he's won 16 GRAMMYs.

While GRAMMY hosts have a knack for scoring GRAMMYs themselves, that isn't the only thing connecting them, achievement-wise. Several have gone on to host other awards broadcasts, too — most notably Crystal, who has hosted the Academy Awards a whopping nine times. Goldberg and Stewart have also been Oscar hosts, though, and so has DeGeneres, who hosted the 38th and 39th Annual GRAMMYs in 1996 and 1997, respectively. Rosie O'Donnell — another veteran of the era of comedic GRAMMY hosts for her 1999–2000 stint — has been a regular host of the Tony Awards. And Queen Latifah has helmed the People's Choice Awards and the BET Awards.

No matter what they went on to do, or how many stages they won awards on themselves, each has proved an essential, memorable part of Music's Biggest Night. 

(Tammy La Gorce is a freelance writer whose work appears regularly in The New York Times, and on All Music Guide and Amazon.com.)

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Wild At The GRAMMYs: It's Miller Time

GRAMMYs/Dec 3, 2014 - 04:22 am

David Wild has written for the GRAMMY Awards since 2001. He is a contributing editor to Rolling Stone, a blogger for Huffington Post and an Emmy-nominated TV writer. Wild's most recent book, He Is…I Say: How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love Neil Diamond, is now in paperback. Follow him on Twitter.

The GRAMMY Awards broadcast is the biggest show on earth — or at least the biggest show on television. At least that's the way it looks from my admittedly subjective and sweaty point of view in the GRAMMY trenches.

Think about it for just a moment: There are more moving parts on the GRAMMY show than any other television event that I can think of. See, most of the big TV events are based around actors walking out on a stage in a theater and speaking, and then showing film or video clips. Other shows may feature a number of performances, but no show features more performances than the GRAMMYs. And in search of great GRAMMY moments, performers tend to push things to the limit on the GRAMMY stage, and sometimes slightly over the limit too.

Capturing all of those moving parts on camera in an artful and appropriate way is largely the job of the person in the truck calling all the shots for the camera operators attempting to cover all the musical action — namely, the director.

For the last 29 years, my friend Walter C. Miller has directed the GRAMMY Awards television show. That's not a typo — that's a fact: 29 years. That means every great GRAMMY moment most of us remember, we remember the way Walter wanted us to remember it. I've personally been there and witnessed him take every performance seriously, from Eminem and Elton John, to Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel, and Prince and Beyoncé. "You get to be a part of a lot of musical history on the GRAMMYs," Walter told me recently. His historic track record is remarkable for any business, but much more so in an entertainment industry where survival is more often measured in intervals of 15 minutes than 30 years.

When GRAMMY Co-Executive Producer Ken Ehrlich first brought me in to help write the GRAMMY show a decade ago, he introduced me to Walter, who immediately insulted me in some witty yet somehow warm way. Being a lifelong Don Rickles fan, I liked the guy immediately. He is super sharp with a long lifetime of stories and a singular ability to tell them with fresh wit and the sting of truth. Just between us, Walter reminded me of my father. I remember seeing another director friend after meeting Walter and asking if he knew who Walter was. "Yes, David, Walter Miller basically invented live television,” he told me.

Having Walter on the GRAMMY team has meant the world to all of us lucky enough to work with him.

"I've learned so much from Walter," says Ken Ehrlich. "Wally had been and continues to be like a brother and a father to me. It's been like Butch and Sundance, and we're always ready to yell 'S**t' and jump off the mountain together."

"In his 30 years with the GRAMMY Awards, Walter Miller has not only created the look for our show, but for all other music award shows too," says GRAMMY Co-Executive Producer John Cossette. "He created the template for everyone else to follow."

In recent years, I’ve been lucky enough to find myself down in Nashville working as the writer for the Country Music Association Awards, another very big and distinguished show Walter executive produced and asked me to write after we first met at the GRAMMY Awards. One Sunday afternoon, the two of us had a few hours off in Music City, and decided to go see the new George Clooney movie Good Night And Good Luck. As we left the movie theater, I stupidly said something to Walter like, "Wow, can you imagine being in TV then." Walter looked at me, and said, "David, I was."

And so he was.

This year, Walter decided it was time for him to step back from directing the show, and he's been consulting on the show instead. Another legendary TV director, Louis J. Horvitz will be in the truck calling all those camera shots, and I have no doubt he'll do a great job. "Walter is the king of live television event directors," Louis told me the other day. "He's one of the founders of the whole form."

This year, Walter is also quite rightly receiving the Recording Academy's prestigious Trustees Award. He's earned it, because every time you look at the GRAMMYs for these past 30 years, you could rest assured that the great Walter C. Miller was there.

Walter C. Miller is still here, and thank God for that — and for him. The King lives. Long Live The King.

(Click here to read Wild's other GRAMMY blog installments.)

Rebuild Texas Benefit With Willie Nelson, Paul Simon

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Rebuild Texas Benefit With Willie Nelson, Paul Simon

Stellar line-up for next week's "Harvey Can't Mess With Texas" concert has won more than 50 GRAMMYs overall

GRAMMYs/Sep 14, 2017 - 01:08 am

The stellar line-up for next week's RebuildTX.org "Harvey Can't Mess With Texas: A Benefit Concert for Hurricane Harvey Relief" has won more than 50 GRAMMY Awards between them, headlined by Willie Nelson and Paul Simon. Other performers include Asleep At The Wheel, Lyle Lovett, Bonnie Raitt, James Taylor, and more. How's that for Big Texas?

Tickets are now on sale for this biggest-ever Texas live benefit to be held on Sept. 22 in Austin. Funds will go toward the Rebuild Texas Fund, set up by the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation.

"This fund was created to help rebuild all of the communities — big and small — that have been devastated by Hurricane Harvey," said Michael Dell. "We will be rebuilding for years to come."

"We have an opportunity to do good by being our best, and that means putting on a show and having a good time," said Austin Mayor Steve Adler. "Let's show the world what it means to be the Live Music Capital of the World in the greatest state in the Union. I'll be there and hope to see you, too."

The benefit will be broadcast on Tegna's 11 local Texas stations and will livestream via YouTube. During the stream, Google has reportedly committed to matching the first $500,000 in donations.

Hurricane Relief: "Hand In Hand" Telethon Raises $44 Million

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GRAMMY Insider: Eminem, Lady Gaga, Miranda Lambert, Rihanna, Paul Simon, Taylor Swift, Sting

All the GRAMMY winners news, including top winners at the 47th CMA Awards

GRAMMYs/Dec 3, 2014 - 05:06 am

(The GRAMMY Insider keeps you up to date about news on your favorite GRAMMY winners, including information about new album releases, tour updates, notable media appearances, interviews, and more.)

Awards
The 47th CMA Awards took place Nov. 6 in Nashville, Tenn., and sent a number of GRAMMY winners home with trophies, including Miranda Lambert (Female Vocalist of the Year), Little Big Town (Vocal Group of the Year), George Strait (Entertainer of the Year), and Tim McGraw, Taylor Swift and Keith Urban (Music Video of the Year and Musical Event of the Year for "Highway Don't Care.") … On Nov. 4 Madonna announced Mazatlan, Mexico, resident Lesmack Meza Parente as the first-ever winner of the singer's Art for Freedom online art contest. Parente produced "El Gran Dictador," a video mashup of the closing speech from Charlie Chaplin's 1940 film The Great Dictator and contemporary images. Madonna will award a $10,000 grant to a nonprofit organization of Parente's choice.

Charts
Eminem and Rihanna's recent monstrous collaboration on "The Monster" debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song marks Rihanna's 25th Top 10 hit, tying her with Elvis Presley for eighth place for the most Top 10 hits since the chart debuted in 1958. Additionally, Eminem became the first lead artist to land four concurrent Top 20 hits since the Beatles in 1964.

Academics
GRAMMY and Latin GRAMMY winner Alejandro Sanz received an honorary doctorate degree from the Berklee College of Music in Boston on Nov. 6. "I was very happy but I thought they were crazy," said Sanz, who had never before stepped inside a music school. 

Touring
With diamonds on the soles of their shoes, Sting and Paul Simon are heading into the fields of touring gold together. The pair will hit the road in 2014 as part of a joint 18-date tour called Paul Simon & Sting: On Stage Together, which will kick off Feb. 8. "We don't really have a clue how this is going to pan out," Sting recently told The New York Times.  … Lady Gaga (aka the Space Monster) will reportedly be the first artist to perform in space in 2015 in conjunction with the Zero-G Music Tech Festival at New Mexico's Spacesport America. Gaga will board a Virgin Galactic spaceship for her performance, which will require a month of rehearsal preparation due to the change in atmosphere. Ticket prices have not been revealed, but we are sure they'll be out of this world. … After cancelling multiple dates due to equipment issues, Kanye West will resume his Yeezus tour on Nov. 16 in Philadelphia.

Charity Auctions
Bruce Springsteen auctioned the guitar he was playing at "Stand Up For Heroes," a benefit concert for wounded soldiers on Nov. 6 in New York. The guitar brought in 250,000.

#theysaidit
Eminem and social media are a lot like oil and water. In a recent interview on SiriusXM Radio's "Town Hall" series, the rapper said, "I can't pay attention to what everyone is saying. … I would probably get caught up in some ugly arguments with people. 'Yo, drive to my house now.' It would consume a lot of my time and it would be very counterproductive for me to do that."