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Atlantic Records Leading Lights Julie Greenwald And Craig Kallman To Receive GRAMMY Salute To Industry Icons Honor
Ahead of the 2023 GRAMMYs, the renowned pre-GRAMMY gala, hosted by the Recording Academy and Clive Davis, returns Saturday, Feb. 4.
The GRAMMY Salute To Industry Icons is a universally distinguished honor for people at the music industry's highest echelon — and now, two more names can be added to that pantheon.
Recognized for their dynamic leadership and revolutionary creativity, Atlantic Music Group Chairman and CEO Julie Greenwald and Atlantic Records Chairman and CEO Craig Kallman, are the 2023 GRAMMY Salute To Industry Icons honorees.
The Recording Academy and Clive Davis will celebrate Greenwald and Kallman's accomplishments at the Pre-GRAMMY Gala on Sat, Feb. 4, 2023. The illustrious event preceding the 2023 GRAMMYs, officially known as the 65th GRAMMY Awards, is returning for the first time since 2020.
"Respected across the music community, Julie and Craig have fostered the careers of an incredible range of talent," said Harvey Mason jr., CEO of the Recording Academy. "They both have a passion and love for music, and they are constantly pushing the music industry forward with their transformative work with the artist community. We are so honored to celebrate these two industry titans at this year's Pre-GRAMMY Gala."
"I've personally known Julie and Craig for many years and it's so very exciting to celebrate their exceptional creativity and achievements at this year's Pre-GRAMMY Gala," said Davis. "What a special night it will be spotlighting them and their incredible music and artists! They both fully deserve an unforgettable evening."
In 2023, Atlantic Records will celebrate its 75th anniversary, and Greenwald and Kallman can look back on two decades of industry-leading accomplishments. The duo has presided over a new golden age in the history of one of the world's most iconic labels.
Under their watch, Atlantic Records has regularly ranked as the top company in the industry. The combination of Greenwald's artist-focused marketing and culture-building savvy with Atlantic has seen success after success due to Kallman's deep musical knowledge and A&R and producing expertise.
The recently formed Atlantic Music Group, which includes the Atlantic and 300 Elektra label families, garnered nearly 40 GRAMMY nominations this year. This achievement exemplifies the company's focus on long-term artist development.
Keep watching this space for more exciting news involving this illustrious honor — and the rest of GRAMMY week in 2023!
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Harry Styles Brings His "As It Was" Music Video To Life With A Stirring Performance | 2023 GRAMMYs
Shortly after winning Best Pop Vocal Album for 'Harry's House,' Harry Styles delivered an energetic performance of the album's smash lead single, "As It Was."
Harry Styles brought his smash single "As It Was" to life on the 2023 GRAMMYs stage — almost literally.
Harry — or "Garry," according to Harry's House co-producer Kid Harpoon's cheeky introduction — recreated the giant red turntable from the track's now-iconic music video as he drifted around the stage. Donning a sparkling, tasseled silver jumpsuit, he crooned, "Answer the phone/ 'Harry, you're no good alone/ Why are you sittin' at home on the floor?/ What kind of pills are you on?'"
As the lead single off Styles' third solo album Harry's House, "As It Was" snowballed into an inescapable and dominating cultural force of 2022. The song earned Styles his second career No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in record-breaking fashion, topping the chart for a grand total of 15 non-consecutive weeks — the most time at the top of the chart for any British act in history.
Styles earned his first trio of GRAMMY nominations back in 2021, taking home the golden gramophone for Best Pop Solo Performance for "Watermelon Sugar." He added another six nods this year, including his first for Record Of The Year and Song Of The Year for "As It Was" and Album Of The Year for Harry's House.
The pop superstar was already a winner going into his performance, as he took home the first GRAMMY of the night, Best Pop Vocal Album. "As It Was" helped Styles score two more nominations, for Best Pop Solo Performance and Best Music Video.
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Kendrick Lamar Wins Best Rap Album For 'Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers' | 2023 GRAMMYs Acceptance Speech
Kendrick Lamar took home the award for Best Rap Album, recognizing how 'Mr. Morale' allowed him to grow as an artist.
Kendrick Lamar won the GRAMMY for Best Rap Album for Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers at the 2023 GRAMMYs. Lamar thanked his family for giving him the "courage and vulnerability" to tell his stories, as well as his fans for trusting him with the stories.
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Watch Lizzo Deliver Electrifying Performances of "About Damn Time" and "Special" | 2023 GRAMMYs
The pop star offered dazzling renditions of two hits from her fourth album, 'Special,' which earned Lizzo her second Album of the Year nomination.
Very few people can inspire a room the way Lizzo can — and she proved that on the 2023 GRAMMYs stage.
Lizzo performed two songs from her Album Of The Year-nominated LP Special, starting with an a cappella burst of "About Damn Time," a celebration of self-love. She then quickly transitioned to bringing everyone to “church” via her album’s anthemic title track.
"In case nobody told you today/ You're special,” she sang, surrounded by a group of black-and-gold robe-clad backup singers on the minimalist stage. And when Lizzo reached the vibrato peak of her vocal delivery, the spiritual truth of her message reached an equal height.
"About Damn Time" has already earned a double-platinum certification by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) since its April 2022 debut, and spent two weeks at the top of the Billboard Hot 100. "Special," meanwhile, seems poised to have its own turn in the spotlight, its uplifting message like a ray of sunshine.
The performance comes in the midst of a massive night for Lizzo, with nominations in a variety of categories, including Album Of The Year and Best Pop Vocal Album, as well as Record Of The Year, Song Of The Year and Best Pop Solo Performance for "About Damn Time."
Check out the complete list of winners and nominees at the 2023 GRAMMYs.
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Bad Bunny Wins Best Música Urbana Album For 'Un Verano Sin Ti' | 2023 GRAMMYs Acceptance Speech
Bad Bunny won a GRAMMY for Best Música Urbana Album For 'Un Verano Sin Ti' at the 2023 GRAMMYs.
Listen to music from all of the nominees on our official Amazon Music playlist.