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Remembering Elvis Presley: 5 GRAMMY Facts

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Remembering Elvis Presley: 5 GRAMMY Facts

From his wins and nominations to his GRAMMY Hall Of Fame recordings, learn about the King's GRAMMY history

GRAMMYs/Aug 16, 2017 - 03:07 am

Forty years ago, the world lost a true music icon. But for many music fans — as well as those who are employed as Elvis impersonators — Elvis Presley will always be alive.

Indeed, the King of Rock and Roll left an indelible footprint on popular culture. He recorded an astounding 104 Top 40 hits and 27 Top 10 albums, and he became one of the first music stars to crossover big on the silver screen.

His songs have been covered by everyone from the Dead Kennedys to Twenty One Pilots and he's been sampled by the likes of Cypress Hill and the Black Keys. GRAMMY winner Bruno Mars even got his career start as a young Elvis impersonator in Hawaii.

At the Recording Academy, we're down with Elvis too. In celebration of the King, here are five GRAMMY facts you should know.

First Nominations
In total, Elvis collected 14 GRAMMY nominations over his career. He received his first three at the 2nd GRAMMY Awards in 1960: "A Big Hunk O' Love" nabbed Best Rhythm & Blues Performance and Best Performance By A "Top 40" Artist nominations while "A Fool Such As I" scored a nod for Record Of The Year. He would earn another Record Of The Year nomination the following year for "Are You Lonesome Tonight?"



His First Win
The King landed his first-ever GRAMMY win for Best Sacred Performance for 1967 for "How Great Thou Art." The title track was one of 13 gospel-infused tunes featured on his triple-platinum album of the same name. Little-known fact: Elvis won all three of his GRAMMY Awards in gospel categories. He took home the Best Inspirational Performance category for 1972 for "He Touched Me"; two years later he won that category again for a live version of "How Great Thou Art."

Classics In The GRAMMY Hall Of Fame
From "Are You Lonesome Tonight?" to "That's All Right," seven classic Elvis singles have been inducted into the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame. Among rock artists, only the Beatles (15) and Bob Dylan (nine) equal or surpass his total. "Hound Dog" was Elvis' first recording inducted into the Hall in 1988. His most recent? "Jailhouse Rock" was inducted in 2017.

Lifetime Achievement Award
In 1971 Elvis became just the sixth artist to receive the Recording Academy's Lifetime Achievement Award — then referred to as the Bing Crosby Award. This special award is designed to recognize performers who have made creative contributions of outstanding artistic significance to the field of recording.

GRAMMY Museum Exhibit
Elvis was the subject of the GRAMMY Museum at L.A. Live's 2010 exhibit: Elvis At 21. The popular installation featured 56 exclusive photos by Alfred Wertheimer that chronicled a 21-year-old artist who was on the precipice of taking the world by storm. Two years later, the Museum hosted Elvis Month, with a calendar of themed events and activities paying tribute to the King.

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Universal language: Why humans need music

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Universal language: Why humans need music

Learn why music is truly a common language that is key to human development and evolution

GRAMMYs/Jul 3, 2017 - 11:51 pm

There's no doubt music finds a way into nearly every moment of our daily lives, whether it's marking milestones such as a first dance at a wedding, the soundtrack to our favorite movie or singing in the shower for fun. In fact, it's hard to imagine times when we are more than an ear-length away from hearing another song.

But why does music mean so much to us? A powerful form of communication that transcends all barriers — music is our common language, but why?

A composer and educator with a lifelong fascination for music, Adam Ockelford has traced our connection with music back to infants and caregivers. Infants are unable to follow words, but they are developmentally primed to trace patterns in sound, such as through the songs a caretaker sings to them. Therefore, understanding music is intuitive for humans, even at a very young age, and it encourages healthy development.

In addition, there may be another evolutionary purpose for music. Music provides a sense of sameness between humans — if you can copy the sounds someone else makes, you must be an ally. This synergy plays a role in human survival because it evokes empathy and understanding, a lesson we still learn from music in today's culture.

"Music is central to the notion of what it is to be human, and spans cultures, continents and centuries," writes Ockelford. "My music, your music, our music can bind us together as families, as tribes and as societies in a way that nothing else can."

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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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Lady Gaga Steps In To Support Youth Impacted By Hurricanes

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Lady Gaga Steps In To Support Youth Impacted By Hurricanes

GRAMMY winner pledges support for those impacted by hurricanes this year through Save the Children’s Journey of Hope program

GRAMMYs/Oct 12, 2017 - 11:03 pm

On Oct. 10 Lady Gaga announced she is devoting her $1 million donation in support of those impacted by the recent hurricanes in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico and the earthquakes in Mexico, to a specific cause — the mental and emotional well being of children and youth.

Gaga announced on her Born This Way Foundation website she will support Save the Children’s Journey of Hope program, which uses a variety of tools to help young people deal with trauma in the wake of natural disasters.

"Through a curriculum that includes cooperative play, discussion, art, meditation, and mindfulness practices, young people learn to recognize and understand their emotions and develop healthy coping skills," Gaga wrote. "Tens of thousands of youth have benefited from the program since it’s development in the wake of Hurricane Katrina and Save the Children is working to bring it to hundreds of thousands more in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico."

The announcement came on World Mental Health Day, and the Fame Monster has invited all of us to step up and consider making a contribution to the Journey of Hope program to support to mental and emotional needs of children.

"Mental health is just as vital to our wellbeing as physical health. That’s true for each of us, everyday, but it’s especially important for those coping with disaster and recovering from trauma," wrote Lady Gaga. "We must do everything within our power to support the full, vibrant recovery of these communities, from meeting their immediate needs to helping them to rebuild sustainably."

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Mixcloud Signs Warner Music For Subscriptions Remix

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Mixcloud Signs Warner Music For Subscriptions Remix

There is more to the Mixcloud difference than just electronic dance music, and now the listening service has signed its first major label deal

GRAMMYs/Oct 10, 2017 - 04:49 am

Among the 1 million curators who have helped build British-based listening service Mixcloud into a destination visited by 17 million listeners each month are GRAMMY winners Erykah Badu, David Byrne, and Tiësto. Limited to streaming-only since its founding in 2008, Mixcloud announced a direct licensing agreement with Warner Music Group this morning, opening the door to offering downloads and new kinds of subscriptions.

Perhaps the standout statistic that describes the Mixcloud difference is that the average length of its user-uploaded programs is 45 minutes. Within the service's general emphasis on DJing, EDM and remix culture, the tendency to drill down and explore narrower listening topics in depth distinguishes the service from competitors such as Spotify or SoundCloud.

Warner Music Group Executive VP for Business Development & Chief Digital Officer Ole Obermann said, "Mixcloud's success is driven by the curiosity and passion of its community, as they engage with new music and rediscover timeless older songs."

Being able to listen to downloads offline seems a natural follow-up to direct licensing deals, but the service hints there's more in store. Mixcloud still hopes to sign indies and the other majors, as its fans have speculated. And with its own proprietary Content ID in place and established relationships with royalty collecting societies, the company has the tech infrastructure to explore new monetization strategies, paying artists and curators in new ways. Launching a new business model for its upcoming approach to paid content and subscriptions is a remix many are anticipating. Not knowing what to expect is part of the excitement.

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