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Photo Gallery: GRAMMY U Spring Semester 2019

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Photo Gallery: GRAMMY U Spring Semester 2019

GRAMMYs/Feb 22, 2019 - 06:44 am

 

GRAMMY U members met with Wallows at the Fonda Theatre on the Los Angeles leg of their tour for a SoundChecks. Members got to observe the band’s process of preparing for a sold out show along with chatting about the tour overall. 

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Julia Michaels joined Chicago GRAMMY U members at House of Blues on April 28 for an incredibly engaging SoundChecks program.

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GRAMMY U members attended SoundChecks With The 1975 on May 15 at the Ascend Amphitheater in Nashville, Tenn. After listening to the band play some of their hit songs, students were able to ask questions about the The 1975’s recent album, A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships, life on an international tour, and how the band handles addressing political issues in their music.

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GRAMMY U SoundChecks with Ben Platt in New York was a blast! 

GRAMMY U members attended SoundChecks and Q&A With LANY on April 28 at the Ryman Auditorium. GRAMMY U memberswere able to listen to the band play three of their hit songs and ask questions about their career and recent album, Malibu Nights.

 

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GRAMMY U members had the opportunity to visit X Ambassadors at Serenity West Studios for an exclusive MasterClass. The band discussed topics ranging from their humble beginnings to how they have evolved through creating music. GU members also got the chance to play their own original content for X Ambassadors and received insightful commentary.

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GRAMMY U members met with Sasha Sloan at the Troubadour on the Los Angeles leg of her tour for a SoundChecks. Members got to observe Sasha’s process of preparing for a show as well as spoke with her about her career and passion for songwriting.

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Nashville GRAMMY U members participated in GRAMMY U Week leading up to the 61st GRAMMY Awards. From January 28 to February 1, each day of GRAMMY U Week highlighted a different aspect of the music industry. Members attended events focused on “Behind the Artist”, “Behind the Studio”, “Behind the Video”, “Behind the Song”, and “Behind the GRAMMY Awards” which took place at Nashville universities and industry sites around Music City.

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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Luis Fonsi & Agueda Lopez: Couples On The 2018 GRAMMYs Red Carpet

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Luis Fonsi & Agueda Lopez: Couples On The 2018 GRAMMYs Red Carpet

John Legend & Chrissy Teigen, Logic & Jessica Andrea and more — check these gorgeous couples who rocked the 60th GRAMMY Awards red carpet

GRAMMYs/Jan 29, 2018 - 09:38 am

Snuggle up with your partner, because it's time to take a look at some of the hottest couples on the 60th GRAMMY Awards red carpet.

John Legend and Chrissy Tiegen stepped out in great style, Logic and Jessica Andrea wore contrasting outfits that created perfect harmony, Luis Fonsi and Agueda Lopez slayed with grace, and Donnie Wahlberg and Jenny McCarthy made a colorful splash.

Take a look at these memorable couples as they stepped out on the GRAMMY red carpet, powered by IBM's Watson.

(Lakeia Brown is a freelance writer and host of the podcast, Decoded with Elle Bee. She has been published in publications like OThe Oprah MagazineEssence and Complex. You can follow her on IG @elle_bee_decoded.)

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Bob Weir Holds Court At GRAMMY U SoundChecks: "The Passion Is Up To You"

Bob Weir at GRAMMY U SoundChecks in Nashville

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Bob Weir Holds Court At GRAMMY U SoundChecks: "The Passion Is Up To You"

The rock icon hosted an intimate Q&A with a small group of lucky GRAMMY U students in Nashville to talk about success, longevity and progress in the music industry

GRAMMYs/Dec 5, 2018 - 06:51 am

“If you’re born with enough curiosity to bring yourself to certain [creative] points, then you’ve got enough curiosity to say ‘What can I try that I haven’t done?’.” –Bob Weir

Grateful Dead co-founder and Dead & Company frontman, Bob Weir offered this piece of advice to GRAMMY U Nashville students at a SoundChecks event on Monday Nov. 5, stressing the importance of challenging oneself.

Students from Belmont University, Middle Tennessee State University and Vanderbilt University were treated to a private, in-depth sound check featuring a number of Weir’s original songs and a cover of Mississippi John Hurt’s “My Creole Belle,” featuring John Oates and Buddy Miller.

Over the course of nearly 30 years, Grateful Dead sold more than 35 million albums. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that Weir managed to develop quite the following. When asked about his ability to establish and maintain such a large and diverse fan base known as "deadheads," he spoke about how the band's style of music transcends trends.

“With this particular style of music, it never goes in or out of style. We’re listening as hard as we’re playing," Weir said. "And that approach to music appeals to a person who requires a little adventure in his life and, therefore, a little adventure in his music.”

Quite a few years have passed since the so-called Summer of Love in 1967, when the Grateful Dead were a young band just starting out. The changes are especially noticeable in the music industry. From the advancement of audio engineering technology to the use of social media as a major marketing tool, the way artists and their teams create and sell music is completely different from the earlier days of Weir’s career. In regards to how technology has affected his creative process, Weir offered this perfect answer:

“Some people are going to hate it. Some people just roll with it. And I like to be somewhere in between there, I’m ere towards heritage, but I’m ere towards what’s new as well.”

Former Ratdog bandmate-turned-Bob Weir And The Wolf Bros-drummer, Jay Lane, chimed in, attributing the success of any record to its initial creative purity.

“It just needs to be organic. Not a project. That’s the key,” he said.

Weir chose to close the Q&A on a faultless note by giving students a key piece of wisdom regarding staying motivated and present in such a competitive industry:

“Just love what you’re doing. Make sure that you feel it," he said. "And if you hate it, hate it. But really HATE it. You need luck, and you need passion. The luck you might not be able to supply, but the passion is up to you.”

Overall, this SoundChecks experience was truly unique in allowing students to see into the industry’s past, present, and potential future through the eyes of a musical giant. Countless students left inspired and excited for their future careers in the music/entertainment business, with an itch to always dive deeper than the surface on any creative endeavor, and always keep the song in mind.

In the words of Mr. Weir, himself:

“You’re not going to get famous for playing the instrument. You’re going to get famous for playing the song.”

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Lady Gaga To Kesha: Women On The 2018 GRAMMYs Red Carpet

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Lady Gaga To Kesha: Women On The 2018 GRAMMYs Red Carpet

Colors, hair, dresses, makeup, accessories — see which women wore it well on the 60th GRAMMY Awards red carpet

GRAMMYs/Jan 29, 2018 - 06:38 am

One of the best parts of any award show is the fashion the stars wear on the red carpet, whether it's a stunning gown, a vivid color, a revealing fashion-forward ensemble, or the perfect accessory. The 60th GRAMMY Awards prove to be a night to remember thanks to the stunning group of women who dazzled the red carpet.

We've rounded up some of the hottest female looks, powered by IBM's Watson,  from the GRAMMY red carpet, including Lady Gaga's show-stopping gown, Kesha's blue out-of-the-box suit, Cardi B and SZA's beautiful white ensembles, and Pink's feathered dress, which had everyone talking.

Whether they're first-time nominees or GRAMMY veterans, take in the sights from some of the best of the 60th GRAMMYs red carpet below, powered by IBM's Watson.

(Lakeia Brown is a freelance writer and host of the podcast, Decoded with Elle Bee. She has been published in publications like OThe Oprah MagazineEssence and Complex. You can follow her on IG @elle_bee_decoded.)

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