Seven Days That Will Shake The Music World

There's a lot to love about GRAMMY Week

GRAMMYs/Dec 3, 2014 - 05:06 am

The National Football League sponsored a great prelude to the GRAMMY Awards this year. Yeah, there was the game between the New England Patriots and New York Giants. But for us music lovers, it was all about seven-time GRAMMY winner Madonna's halftime performance with LMFAO, M.I.A. and Best New Artist GRAMMY nominee Nicki Minaj (oh, and the commercials, too). Is there a better way to warm up for the 54th GRAMMY Awards on Feb. 12?

Well, we can think of one other: warm-up following all the star-studded events in the week leading up to the GRAMMYs here at We'll have video, photos and play-by-play after each event, and you can join the action each day and night by following @TheGRAMMYs on Twitter, liking "The GRAMMYs" on Facebook, and joining the GRAMMYs' social communities on YouTube, Tumblr, Foursquare, GetGlue, and Instagram. You never know what one of your favorite music stars may say or do.

For now, we'll simply give you a taste of what's to come.

Arguably the highest-profile event this side of the GRAMMY Awards, the Pre-GRAMMY Gala is a private VIP party held in conjunction with music mogul Clive Davis. It hosts the biggest names in entertainment the night before the GRAMMYs. This red carpet rivals the GRAMMYs and the Oscars.

Next on the "how do I get a ticket to that?" list is the MusiCares Foundation's Person of the Year gala, which both raises money for MusiCares, and features a list of stars honoring a music industry giant. This year legendary Beatle Paul McCartney will be honored.

If that's not exactly the tip of the iceberg, there's still plenty of iceberg left.

The GRAMMY Foundation will host several events that will be especially noteworthy this year. The Entertainment Law Initiative Luncheon is an annual event that brings together legal professionals with aspiring law students to discuss hot-button topics in the entertainment law field. This year, Spotify CEO Daniel Ek will deliver the keynote address. You can also read our exclusive interview with Ek here.

Similarly, the Foundation's 14th Annual Music Preservation Project, "One Night Only — A Celebration Of The Live Music Experience," will bring in the star power to celebrate the impact of live music performance. Robert Cray, Jonny Lang, Bret Michaels, Mavis Staples, Tyrese and others will join co-hosts Sharon Osbourne and Steve Vai, so get your glow sticks and lighter apps eady.

The Foundation also hosts GRAMMY Camp — Basic Training, a one-day educational event that is tailored to give students and aspiring young musicians a taste of what the music industry feels like from the inside. Participants will include GRAMMY-winning producer Warryn Campbell, artists BC Jean and Sarah Darling, and radio personality DJ Skee.

The Academy will also again host the Social Media Rock Stars Summit, a panel discussion featuring some of the prime architects in the field, including Spotify artist-in-residence and Recording Academy member D.A. Wallach as well as GetGlue founder/CEO Alex Iskold, Shazam CEO Andrew Fisher and CEO Seth Goldstein, among others.

As The Academy continues to focus on minimizing the ecological impact of the GRAMMY Awards, GRAMMY Week will once again feature a greening summit, The Sound Of Social Change, designed to look at how the music industry is taking similar steps.

The Producers & Engineers Wing will present "Moving The Needle," highlighting the career of music producer and entrepreneur Jimmy Iovine. Iovine co-founded Beats Electronics with Dr. Dre and has produced artists ranging from Stevie Nicks to U2.

This year, The Academy will also celebrate music's impact on style and fashion with GRAMMY Glam, which will feature a DJ set by GRAMMY winner Erykah Badu. Looking to take your glam game to the next level? Be sure to visit

And The Recording Academy also honors legendary music acts and industry figures with its annual Special Merit Awards Ceremony & Nominees Reception, where groundbreaking artists are honored with the Lifetime Achievement, Trustees and Technical GRAMMY Awards. This year's honorees include such luminary artists as the Allman Brothers Band, Glen Campbell and Diana Ross.

It's all capped off by the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards on Sunday, Feb. 12. While tuning in to CBS for the telecast, be sure to log on to to follow our liveblog, your ticket to follow the show online and join the conversation. After the show, The Academy celebrates in style with its stunning after-party, the GRAMMY Celebration.

How can you experience GRAMMY Week? By checking in at We'll provide blog coverage, photos, and video. And beginning Friday, Feb. 10, you can get an insider's view into the three days of VIP events leading up to the show with GRAMMY Live, including real-time coverage and highlights and a complete stream of the GRAMMY Pre-Telecast Ceremony.

Come back to and experience GRAMMY Week, and don't forget to tune in to the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards on the CBS Television Network from 8–11:30 p.m. ET/PT.


Pearl Jam Named Record Store Day 2019 Ambassadors

Pearl Jam

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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.

Seattle's Museum Of Pop Culture To Host Pearl Jam Exhibit


Maroon 5 Auction To Benefit GRAMMY Foundation

Auction offers pairs of tickets to GRAMMY-winning band's Southern California dates on Oct. 4 and Oct. 6

GRAMMYs/Dec 3, 2014 - 05:06 am

The GRAMMY Foundation will auction 80 pairs of tickets to Maroon 5's upcoming performances with Kelly Clarkson and Rozzi Crane on Oct. 4 at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in Irvine, Calif., and Oct. 6 at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. The auction for both concerts is open now and ends Sept. 30 at 6 p.m. PST. 

Proceeds will benefit the GRAMMY Foundation, which cultivates the understanding, appreciation and advancement of the impact of music on American culture through music education programs, scholarships and grants.

Meet Justin Bieber With GRAMMY Charity Online Auctions
Justin Bieber

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Meet Justin Bieber With GRAMMY Charity Online Auctions

Bid on an exclusive VIP concert experience to meet Justin Bieber

GRAMMYs/Dec 3, 2014 - 05:06 am

GRAMMY Charity Online Auctions has launched a new auction offering bidders the opportunity to bid on an exclusive VIP concert experience with Justin Bieber. Open now through Oct. 25, the auction package features two tickets and meet-and-greet passes to an upcoming Bieber concert.

To place your bid on this exclusive experience, visit All proceeds will benefit the GRAMMY Foundation.


The Dance/Electronica Nominees Are In

GRAMMYs/Dec 3, 2014 - 04:22 am

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

It is difficult to describe the combined feelings of the thousands of people who occupied the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Nov. 30 for "The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live!!" as each person waited with baited breath for the nominees to be announced. Celebrities and fans alike shared the same undeniable rush of anticipation, surprise and excitement as each artist's name was revealed one by one, and the combined energy was palpable not just inside the theater, but to the more than 5 million viewers tuning in as well. And with each revelation, there were widened eyes, turned heads, and smiles and frowns, and of course the fear of being caught like a sulking deer in the headlights lest the news not be quite so friendly! Admittedly, I may have even gasped aloud at one point.

For those who know me, it's an easy (and correct) assumption that I believe the award most deserving of our tipped hat is that of Best New Artist. And the gasp and excitement noted about were definitely not lacking when the category came around, and the nominees in the category are sure to make for a memorable race as dubstep dominator Skrillex received a nod along with the Band Perry, Bon Iver, J. Cole, and Nicki Minaj. Even the independent voice of a generation, KCRW, took to Twitter to note this "historic event for electronic music." As I referenced in my last blog, more people are starting to listen and find themselves entranced by the wobble-style, bass drop these crazy electronic kids have been going on about for years. Skrillex's nomination is proof positive.

Best New Artist was just the beginning of the excitement. The Dance/Electronica Field features a wide-ranging group of nominees for Best Dance Recording and Best Dance/Electronica Album, where Skrillex also appears twice. From Sweden's superstar fembot Robyn to Deadmau5, it's a battle of the Nordic queen and the big-eared dance-floor muse. (Two large mouse ears, to be exact.) But these two artists are not alone, being joined by Duck Sauce, Swedish House Mafia, Cut/Copy, and favorite pop star collaboration David Guetta. Guetta is another example of dance/electronica's mainstream appeal: Earlier this month he became the first DJ and music artist in history to have his handprints cemented in the Grauman's Chinese Theater forecourt. I think everyone would agree that a genre that's often generally instrumental has a lot to say this week. For more on each of these nominees, head on over to for an in-depth review of their works, to be posted in the coming weeks.