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Photo Gallery: GRAMMY U Spring Semester 2020

YBN Cordae with GRAMMY U

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Photo Gallery: GRAMMY U Spring Semester 2020

Here's what GRAMMY U students from all over the country have been up to this semester

GRAMMYs/Feb 22, 2020 - 12:41 am

GRAMMY U Nashville Chapter students alongside Tyler Childers, band, and crew members on Feb. 15 during SoundChecks With Tyler Childers at the Ryman Auditorium. The event included a soundcheck followed by a Q&A with Tyler Childers, the band, and crew.

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GRAMMY U Nashville Chapter students pose with Maggie Rogers at the Ryman Auditorium. The students were able to attend her soundcheck and participate in a Q&A regarding the music industry. 

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GRAMMY U ATL photographed with Maggie Rogers at the Fox Theatre. Students were invited to attend a live sound check and Q&A session on Monday, Oct. 14 prior to Rogers’ Atlanta show. 

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Dermot Kennedy joined GRAMMY U students in Philadelphia for a SoundCheck on Saturday, February 29 at the Met to share stories about touring, songwriting and the importance of team building in reaching more people with your music.

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GRAMMY U students pose with Chelsea Cutler after a SoundCheck in Austin.

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GRAMMY U students in Dallas snap a photo with Chelsea Cutler after a SoundCheck session. 

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YBN Cordae invited lucky GRAMMY U students to his exclusive SoundChecks on February 11 in Brooklyn, N.Y.

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YBN Cordae and Philly GRAMMY U students spend an afternoon together at the TLA. Cordae shared stories of his process in the studio, how he knew this album was going to be nominated for a GRAMMY before it was released and how his next album is going to win. Some advice he gave: Being authentic is the only viable strategy for being successful. 

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GRAMMY U Nashville Chapter students alongside Tyler Childers, band, and crew members during a SoundCheck at the Ryman Auditorium.

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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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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.”

Photo Gallery: GRAMMY U Fall Semester 2018

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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