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We Are Music: Honoring Craft & Community With H.E.R., Swizz Beatz & More

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We Are Music: Honoring Craft & Community With H.E.R., Swizz Beatz & More

The Recording Academy launches a new campaign to celebrate the professional songwriters, musicians, engineers, producers, and performers who bring music to life

GRAMMYs/Jul 23, 2018 - 05:43 pm

Making music is a calling and a craft — a privilege and a process. From the first flash of inspiration to a few chords and scribbled lyrics, from laying down a scratch track to finessing the finishing touches, it takes craft, commitment and passion to make music a reality.

Now, for the first time in its 60-year history, the Recording Academy is launching a national campaign to honor the craft and community of creators who bring music to life. "We Are Music" celebrates the people who create music every day, those who are the lifeblood of music.

To celebrate the launch of "We Are Music," the Recording Academy released a 60-second film directed by world-renown photographer/videographer and GRAMMY nominee Danny Clinch. The striking black-and-white film chronicles the creation of a new piece of music, capturing the collaboration between songwriter, performer, producer, sound engineer, and musicians to write, record and finesse a new record, culminating when the performer takes the stage to share it with the world.

"We Are Music" features a lineup of current Recording Academy members, including up-and-coming R&B singer/songwriter H.E.R.; GRAMMY-winning multi-instrumentalist/producer Chad Hugo of the Neptunes and N.E.R.D.; GRAMMY-winning producer/engineer Ann Mincieli; director and composer Rickey Minor; and GRAMMY-winning producer/engineer Swizz Beatz.

Through Clinch's daring and inventive eye, the film and the campaign underscore the Recording Academy's vital role in the industry, reinforcing the importance of the Academy to the professional community of songwriters, musicians, producers, engineers, and performers it represents.

"The Recording Academy is the leading society of music creators, and 'We Are Music' not only defines what we stand for, but also represents the tremendous pride and respect we have for the industry we serve," said Evan Greene, Chief Marketing Officer for the Recording Academy. "While we are commonly associated with the iconic GRAMMY Awards, this campaign celebrates those music professionals involved in the multilayered creative process. Our objective is to further reinforce the perceptions of the Recording Academy by highlighting the impact we have on the creative community at large."

Those of us who have ever spontaneously woken up with a song idea, worked in the studio until the sun came up or have callouses on our hands from practicing our instrument all understand the same simple truth: We are made of the music we make. We are music.

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Allen Hughes' "The Defiant Ones" Wins Best Music Film | 2018 GRAMMY

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Allen Hughes' "The Defiant Ones" Wins Best Music Film | 2018 GRAMMY

Director Allen Hughes' four-part documentary takes home Best Music Film honors for its portrayal of the unlikely partnership that changed the music business

GRAMMYs/Jan 29, 2018 - 02:09 am

The team behind The Defiant Ones celebrated a big win for Best Music Film at the 60th GRAMMY Awards. The crew awarded include director Allen Hughes and producers Sarah Anthony, Fritzi Horstman, Broderick Johnson, Gene Kirkwood, Andrew Kosove, Laura Lancaster, Michael Lombardo, Jerry Longarzo, Doug Pray & Steven Williams.

In a year rife with quality music documentaries and series, the bar has been set high for this dynamic category. The Defiant Ones is a four-part HBO documentary telling the story of an unlikely duo taking the music business by storm seems better suited for fantastical pages of a comic book, but for engineer-turned-mogul Jimmy Iovine and super-producer Dr. Dre, it's all truth.The Defiant Ones recounts their histories, their tribulations and their wild success. These include first-hand accounts from those who were there in Iovine's early days, such as Bruce Springsteen and U2's Bono, as well as those on board when Dre and Iovine joined forces, such as Snoop Dogg and Eminem.

The competition was stiff as the category was filled with compelling films such as One More Time With Feeling, Two Trains Runnin', Soundbreaking, and Long Strange Trip. 

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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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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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Bruno Mars Wins Song Of The Year | 2018 GRAMMYs

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Bruno Mars Wins Song Of The Year | 2018 GRAMMYs

The Hawaiian native takes home Song Of The Year for "That's What I Like" at the 60th GRAMMY Awards

GRAMMYs/Jan 29, 2018 - 08:11 am

Feeling the 24K Magic, Bruno Mars' successful progress through the categories he's been nominated in at the 60th GRAMMY Awards picked up another one at Song Of The Year for "That's What I Like."


Christopher Brody Brown and Philip Lawrence co-write with Mars under the name Shampoo Press & Curl. The other winning songwriters for Mars' hit tonight in this category are James Fauntleroy and production team "The Sterotypes" — Ray Charles McCullough II, Jeremy Reeves, Ray Romulus and  Jonathan Yip.

For additional "Finesse" on stage at the 60th GRAMMY Awards, Mars was joined by Cardi B for a reprise of their 148-million-views hit remix.

The Album Of The Year GRAMMY Award wrapped up the night and wrapped up Bruno Mars' complete rampage through his six nominated categories — now six wins.

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