Recording Academy To Celebrate Music And Glamour At GRAMMY Glam

GRAMMY Week event to feature performances by DJ Lo Down Loretta Brown aka Erykah Badu and DJ Spinderella

GRAMMYs/Dec 3, 2014 - 05:06 am

(For a complete list of 54th GRAMMY Awards nominees, click here.)

The Recording Academy, in partnership with CoverGirl, Olay and Venus, will present GRAMMY Glam — an exclusive, star-studded red-carpet event celebrating the connection between music and glamour — during GRAMMY Week on Tuesday, Feb. 7, at MyHouse in Hollywood, Calif.

GRAMMY Glam celebrates empowering women in music and glamour, and will feature beauty-themed rooms from CoverGirl, Olay and Venus, with DJ sets by four-time GRAMMY winner DJ Lo Down Loretta Brown aka Erykah Badu, GRAMMY winner DJ Spinderella of Salt-N-Pepa, and DJ duo the Jane Doze.

This official GRAMMY Week event will also give female fans at home the opportunity to showcase their spinning skills by entering the "GRAMMY Glam" room on Their music will be virtually spotlighted at the event during the Jane Doze's opening set. Social engagement via Facebook and Twitter will also be featured at where fans can upload photos and join in the #GRAMMYGlam conversation.

The 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards will take place live on Sunday, Feb. 12 at Staples Center in Los Angeles and will be broadcast in high definition and 5.1 surround sound on the CBS Television Network from 8–11:30 p.m. (ET/PT). For GRAMMY coverage, updates and breaking news, please visit The Recording Academy’s social networks on Facebook and Twitter.



A GRAMMY Glam Dunk

GRAMMYs/Dec 3, 2014 - 04:22 am

By Will Dawson

For a few hours Tuesday night Hollywood Boulevard was transformed into Glam Central Station as The Recording Academy officially kicked off its 54th GRAMMY Week with the inaugural GRAMMY Glam event.

It was just what you'd expect it to be from the title — an incendiary collision between music and fashion, and beauty and the beats, complete with a GRAMMY gold carpet and enough DJ firepower to ignite a musical bonfire. Sponsored by Olay, CoverGirl and Venus, and featuring the incredible DJ Spinderella (of Salt-N-Pepa), DJ Low Down Loretta Brown (aka Erykah Badu), and dynamic duo the Jane Doze, Hollywood rocked on the dance floor while exploring the cosmetics-filled caverns of the MyHouse nightclub. 

"Each year, we try to reinvent ourselves," said Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow before heading inside. "What we've recognized for years is that there's an intersection between beauty, health, style, fashion, and music. I can't wait to see what our team — who are the best in the world, by the way — put together for tonight."

The Jane Doze opened the night on the ones and twos, with contest winners from also filling in some of the musical menu with their submissions, lending an interactive angle to the evening.

With three themed rooms that featured waterfalls, flames and even contortionists, partygoers had the chance to pose for personalized magazine covers, get tips from professional makeup artists and, while on the venue's main stage, even get a taste of what it's like to be a model on the catwalk.

"It's a marriage made in heaven," said recording artist Goapele. "Music and fashion go hand in hand. It's great that the GRAMMYs saw that and put this great night together."

Other guests echoed those sentiments, and many were excited for the chance to see Badu take her turn as one of the night's DJs.

"I'm from New Orleans and have seen [Badu] perform at Essence [Music Festival] over the years," beamed former Diddy Dirty Money member Dawn Richard. "She's a hero of mine. Everything she does is bold, from her fashion to her musical choices."

Badu's set was filled with blends of everything from GRAMMY-nominated hip-hop collective A Tribe Called Quest to R&B artist Cheryl Lynn. Spinderella spun the classics, giving the crowd an eclectic mix intermingling hits from R&B dance group Nu Shooz to the late Notorious B.I.G.

If all of the guests carrying their coats and heels in hand upon exiting are any indication, a great time was had by all. It was, by all accounts, a glam dunk, and a great way to kick off what promises to be an incredible week leading up to Music's Biggest Night.


GRAMMY Glam Squad: Finding The Perfect Dress

GRAMMYs/Dec 3, 2014 - 04:22 am

(The Recording Academy has formed the GRAMMY Glam Squad, a diverse group of online influencers who will lead the discussion on beauty, fashion and lifestyle during GRAMMY Week in February. The squad will provide exclusive VIP access to select events, including the highly anticipated red carpet for the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards. Stay tuned here for more tips on how to be inspired, be connected and be noticed.)

Finding the perfect dress can stress out a girl if you allow it to! But don't! When it comes to scoring a look that you love, just remember my three c's:

1. Communicate: What statement do you want to make when the world sees you?

2. Comfort: Can you move comfortably in it?

3. Confidence: Move like you own the room.

In this video, I visit one of my favorite boutiques in Manhattan, New York’s Meatpacking District, Rubin Chapelle, and I show you how to put the three c’s into action for your own GRAMMY Glam night.

What are your favorite tips to finding the perfect dress? Let me know by commenting below. And check back soon for more tips on beauty, fashion and lifestyle from my fellow GRAMMY Glam Squad members, and don't forget to catch all the glitz and glamour yourself by tuning in to the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards, live from Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, Feb. 12 on CBS at 8 p.m. ET/PT. 


Re:Generation Moves Music Into The Future

Documentary provides a behind-the-scenes account of the creative collaborations between prominent DJs and artists

GRAMMYs/Dec 3, 2014 - 05:06 am

(A partnership between The Recording Academy and Hyundai, Re:Generation premiered in February during GRAMMY Week. Watch a special online premiere of the film below. Re:Generation will also be screened this week at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas. See below for screening information.)

On the surface, Re:Generation addresses a familiar musical theme: What happens when you ask disparate, seemingly incompatible talents to create music together?

But the reality of this documentary, a partnership between The Recording Academy and Hyundai, digs far deeper.

Screening this week at the annual South by Southwest Music, Film and Interactive Conference in Austin, Texas, Re:Generation is not only about accepting and appreciating diverse musical genres, but about reimagining music from the past with an ear on the present and future. Five DJs/producers collaborate with artists from five different genres in five attempts to "re:generate" music. Or, in the words of hip-hop's DJ Premier, who tackles a classical composition with composer Bruce Adolphe, conductor Stephen Webber, rapper Nas, and the Berklee Symphony Orchestra: "Music can't die as long as someone keeps on makin' it fresh."

From medieval troubadours and train-hopping folk singers to Top 40 covers of obscure songs, the concept of cross-genre collaboration has always driven both the art and commerce of music. But watching turntablist and beat-maker Premier reimagine the centuries-old works of white-wigged geniuses, waving a baton as he conducts a full orchestra, one can't help but be struck by the level of cross-pollination happening — or the level of joy most of the collaborators share in discovering how to combine their familiar processes into a new whole.

"We were trying to have the possibilities be as wide as possible. That's how we came up with the assignments," says Amir Bar-Lev, the film's director. "One of the things that's most interesting about music films is that most drama has to come from conflict, and music films are an exception. You can really enjoy watching conflict in a music film, and you can also enjoy things going smoothly."

Also featured in the film is Skrillex, who won the first three GRAMMYs of his career in February. As the 24-year-old gets the living members of the Doors into a Santa Monica, Calif., recording studio and tries to explain what he has in mind, their segue from who-is-this-kid skepticism to how-cool-is-this enthusiasm is something to behold.

"I really appreciated the way the Doors handled the collaboration," Bar-Lev says. "I appreciated the way Skrillex did, too, because he had the right amount of humility, and he was genuine and earnest. I enjoyed watching the ice thaw. I enjoyed watching them cook."

While Skrillex and the Doors cover rock with "Breakin' A Sweat," the Crystal Method's Ken Jordan and Scott Kirkland re-examine R&B in Detroit with Martha Reeves and the famed Funk Brothers, yielding "I'm Not Leaving." GRAMMY winner Mark Ronson finds a jazz groove with "A La Modeliste" in New Orleans with fellow GRAMMY winner Erykah Badu, Joseph "Zigaboo" Modeliste, Trombone Shorty, Mos Def, and members of the Dap Kings. Electronica DJ Pretty Lights reinvents the folk standard "Wayfaring Stranger" with GRAMMY winners Ralph Stanley and LeAnn Rimes in Nashville.

Bar-Lev, whose previous credits include My Kid Could Paint That and The Tillman Story, had a DJ project in development for television several years ago and was delighted to revisit the concept in coming onboard for Re:Generation.

The documentary not only shows the environments that shaped the collaborators' foundations (in one heartbreaking scene, Reeves watches the Ford Theater, where she performed her first big show, crushed by a wrecking ball), but the resulting fruits of the DJs' collective labor.

"What you see in the film is electronica artists challenging themselves to dive deeper, and to use their technology, not just to make things extraordinarily accessible, but to make things rich and complex," Bar-Lev says.

"Musicians borrow from the past, learn from the past, and then move music into the future by standing on the shoulders of those who came before them," he adds. "It's a pretty traditional story we're telling … I mean, that's what music is, and that's why I love music."

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(Austin-based journalist Lynne Margolis currently contributes to
American Songwriter, NPR's Song of the Day and newspapers nationwide, as well as several regional magazines and NPR-affiliate KUT-FM's "Texas Music Matters." A contributing editor to The Ties That Bind: Bruce Springsteen from A To E To Z, she has also previously written for and Paste magazine.)

Re:Generation is being screening in conjunction with South by Southwest at the following locations:
Tuesday, March 13, 10 p.m.: Alamo Slaughter Lane
Friday, March 16, 2 p.m.: Vimeo Theater
Saturday, March 17, 5 p.m.: Alamo Village


Achieving The Perfect Smokey Eye … And When To Rock It

GRAMMYs/Dec 3, 2014 - 04:22 am

The perfect smokey eye has been a staple on runways red carpets for several seasons and it doesn't look like the trend is going anywhere. What I hear most from my clients is that they love the look, but don't know how to create it and when to wear it. I am here to let you in on all the details. A smokey eye is relatively easy to apply, it just takes two different shades of eye shadow, eye liner and a pencil liner brush. Here are the steps:

1. Start with a primed lid so your look will stay in place all night.

2. Take a light shade of shadow and a darker shade and apply them both on the bottom lash line and lid. Start by brushing the lighter of the two shades below your crease and over the entire lower lid. Then, take the darker shade and apply it at the lash line, blending the two colors together.

3. Take the darker shade along your bottom lash line from corner to corner. Then, line the upper lash line and waterline on the bottom of your eye with eyeliner.

4. Take a pencil brush and smudge the liner into your lashes so the harsh line starts to disappear. This will create the smokey effect around your eyes.

5. Lather on a couple coats of mascara and you are ready to go.

This look is perfect for any time of day, depending on the color choice and amount of product used. For a daytime look, try using colors in the taupe, brown, gold, and gray family. For an evening look, give your eyes a punch by adding black and burgundy. Using less product during the day will give you freedom to wear heavier makeup around the lashes for your evening look.

You should have fun with the smokey eye. Express your inner-celebrity — if you do, you are guaranteed to turn some heads.

Check back soon for more tips on beauty, fashion and lifestyle from the GRAMMY Glam Squad. And don't forget to catch all the glitz and glamour of the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards, live from Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, on CBS at 8 p.m. ET/PT.