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Looking Back On Classic Songs Blessed By Jermaine Dupri

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Looking Back On Classic Songs Blessed By Jermaine Dupri

As the GRAMMY Museum celebrates 25 Years of Jermaine Dupri & So So Def, we take a look back on the classics he penned

GRAMMYs/Sep 20, 2018 - 02:44 am

The multi-talented, GRAMMY-winning music mogul Jermaine Dupri has been making waves in the music world from a young age, beginning with launching Kris Kross into fame when he was just 19 years old. Dupri wrote and produced their debut hit single, "Jump," and has contributed in some capacity to way too many hits to count since his early days.

He is also only the second hip-hop artist (Jay-Z was the first in 2017) inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. On the eve of the opening of the GRAMMY Museum's new exhibit showcasing his contributions to music, we take a trip down memory lane, looking at our favorite songs that Dupri either wrote or co-wrote.

"Jump" – Kris Kross (1992)

You can't talk about Dupri's beginnings as a writer/producer without mentioning Kris Kross, the duo of 12 year olds he discovered at the mall and signed to his new label. The first song that he wrote and produced for them, "Jump," gave them almost instant fame as it shot to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song was nominated for Best Rap Performance By a Duo Or Group at the 35th GRAMMY Awards.

"Always Be My Baby" – Mariah Carey (1995)

A young Mariah Carey collaborated with Dupri for the first time on her widely successful fifth studio album, Daydream, which he helped produce with legendary R&B artist/producer Babyface. Dupri and Carey co-wrote her now-classic single together, "Always Be My Baby," along with regular Dupri collaborator Manuel Seal, Jr. The single was nominated for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance at the 38th GRAMMY Awards, where she received six nominations in all for the album and its singles.

"You Make Me Wanna" – Usher (1997)

An up-and-coming Usher worked with Dupri for the first time on his hit sophomore album, My Way. The two co-wrote the classic "You Make Me Wanna" together, along with Seal, Jr. Dupri and Babyface teamed up again, co-producing the track, along with other tracks on the album. Usher received his first GRAMMY nod for the single, which was nominated for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance at the 40th GRAMMY Awards.

"Welcome to Atlanta" – Jermaine Dupri ft. Ludacris (2001)

Dupri has also released his own music as a rapper, including the early-2000s classic "Welcome to Atlanta" with Ludacris. The song was featured on both artists' sophomore albums, on Dupri's Instructions and on Ludacris' Word of Mouf as a hidden track. Dupri also released a "Coast 2 Coast Remix" version of the song, which brought on P. Diddy, Snoop Dogg and Murphy Lee to spread the love past Luda and Dupri's hometown of Atlanta.

"Burn" – Usher (2004)

In 2004 Usher and Dupri joined forces again, this time on his hugely popular fourth album, Confessions, which won Best Contemporary R&B Album at the 47th GRAMMY Awards and was also nominated for Album of the Year. That year Usher took home three wins for the album and its singles, as well as wins eight nominations total, including for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance and Best R&B Song for "Burn." We all felt the heat from Usher and Dupri on this winning collaboration.

"We Belong Together" – Mariah Carey (2005)

Dupri teamed up with Carey for her tenth studio album, The Emancipation of Mimi. He again helped produce and write several songs for the album, including one of her other mega-classics "We Belong Together," which they co-wrote along with several others writers. The 48th GRAMMY Awards in 2005 was a huge year for Carey, as she received a total of eight nominations and would take three wins including Best Female R&B Vocal Performance and Best R&B Song for "We Belong Together" and Best Contemporary R&B Album for The Emancipation of Mimi.

To learn more about all of the musical magic Dupri has worked over the years, check out the GRAMMY Museum's new exhibit, Jermaine Dupri & So So Def: 25 Years of Elevating Culture. The celebration kicks off on Sept. 20 with a launch party and conversation with Dupri and friends.

Allen Hughes' "The Defiant Ones" Wins Best Music Film | 2018 GRAMMY

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Allen Hughes' "The Defiant Ones" Wins Best Music Film | 2018 GRAMMY

Director Allen Hughes' four-part documentary takes home Best Music Film honors for its portrayal of the unlikely partnership that changed the music business

GRAMMYs/Jan 29, 2018 - 02:09 am

The team behind The Defiant Ones celebrated a big win for Best Music Film at the 60th GRAMMY Awards. The crew awarded include director Allen Hughes and producers Sarah Anthony, Fritzi Horstman, Broderick Johnson, Gene Kirkwood, Andrew Kosove, Laura Lancaster, Michael Lombardo, Jerry Longarzo, Doug Pray & Steven Williams.

In a year rife with quality music documentaries and series, the bar has been set high for this dynamic category. The Defiant Ones is a four-part HBO documentary telling the story of an unlikely duo taking the music business by storm seems better suited for fantastical pages of a comic book, but for engineer-turned-mogul Jimmy Iovine and super-producer Dr. Dre, it's all truth.The Defiant Ones recounts their histories, their tribulations and their wild success. These include first-hand accounts from those who were there in Iovine's early days, such as Bruce Springsteen and U2's Bono, as well as those on board when Dre and Iovine joined forces, such as Snoop Dogg and Eminem.

The competition was stiff as the category was filled with compelling films such as One More Time With Feeling, Two Trains Runnin', Soundbreaking, and Long Strange Trip. 

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Pearl Jam Named Record Store Day 2019 Ambassadors

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Pearl Jam Named Record Store Day 2019 Ambassadors

Pearl Jam's Mike McCready says "if you love music," record stores are the place to find it

GRAMMYs/Feb 13, 2019 - 04:05 am

Record Store Day 2019 will arrive on April 13 and this year's RSD Ambassadors are Pearl Jam. Past ambassadors include Dave Grohl, Metallica, Run The Jewels (Killer Mike and El-P), and 61st GRAMMY Awards winner for Best Rock Song St. Vincent.

McCready was also the 2018 recipient of MusiCares' Stevie Ray Vaughan Award

The band was formed in 1990 by McCready, Jeff Ament, Stone Gossard, and Eddie Vedder, and they have played with drummer Matt Cameron since 2002. They have had five albums reach No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and four albums reach No. 2.

"Pearl Jam is honored to be Record Store Day's Ambassador for 2019. Independent record stores are hugely important to me," Pearl Jam's Mike McCready said in a statement publicizing the peak-vinyl event. "Support every independent record store that you can. They're really a good part of society. Know if you love music, this is the place to find it."

With a dozen GRAMMY nominations to date, Pearl Jam's sole win so far was at the 38th GRAMMY Awards for "Spin The Black Circle" for Best Hard Rock Performance.

Pearl Jam will be performing on March 3 in Tempe, Ariz. at the Innings festival, on June 15 in Florence, Italy at the Firenze Rocks Festival and at another festival in Barolo, Italy on June 17. On July 6 Pearl Jam will headline London's Wembley Stadium.

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Portugal. The Man To Aida Cuevas: Backstage At The 2018 GRAMMYs

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Portugal. The Man To Aida Cuevas: Backstage At The 2018 GRAMMYs

Also see James Fauntleroy, Reba McIntire, Latroit, and more after they stepped off the GRAMMY stage

GRAMMYs/Jan 29, 2018 - 05:39 am

What do artists do the moment they walk off the GRAMMY stage from presenting, accepting an award or performing? Now, you can find out.

Take a peak at Album Of The Year GRAMMY winner Bruno Mars, 60th GRAMMY Awards Host James Cordon, Cardi B minutes before her electrifying performance of "Finesse," and more!

Also see Best Pop Duo/Group Performance GRAMMY winners Portugal. The Man posing with their first career GRAMMY Award, Best Roots Gospel Album GRAMMY winner Reba McIntire right after she walked offstage, Best R&B Song GRAMMY winner James Fauntleroy, Best Remixed Recording GRAMMY winner Latroit, and many more, with these photos from backstage during the 60th GRAMMY Awards.

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Original Misfits Unleash One Night Only L.A. Reunion Show

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Original Misfits Unleash One Night Only L.A. Reunion Show

Dark punk legends to play first show with Glenn Danzig and Jerry Only since last year's Riot Fest reunion

GRAMMYs/Aug 22, 2017 - 05:28 am

There's big news today for punk-rock fans aware that the Misfits made much more than just T-shirts.

The massively influential punk band announced a special show touted as the "only 2017 performance in this world… or any world" and billed as "The Original Misfits" in Los Angeles at the Forum on Dec. 30.

This will be the first Misfits show featuring original singer Glenn Danzig and original bassist Jerry Only with long-time guitarist Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein since the band reunited for a pair of Riot Fest appearances in Chicago and Denver in 2016. Last year's Riot Fest gigs, which featured drummer Dave Lombardo, marked the first time in 33 years the original Misfits members played together.

"OK Los Angeles, you've waited almost 35 years for this, here's your chance to see the "Original Misfits" in this Exclusive L.A. only performance." said Glenn Danzig. "No Tour, No BS, just one night of dark metal-punk hardcore brutality that will go down in the history books. See you there."

Tickets for this "one night only" show go on sale Friday, August 25.

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