Monday, November 15, 2010

Welcome to the Grammys

I’m sure all of you would have heard about the Grammy awards, this blog brings to light the amazing history and facts about the Grammys. The Grammy Awards (originally called the Gramophone Awards)—or Grammys—are presented annually by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States for outstanding achievements in the music industry. The awards ceremony features performances by prominent artists, and some of the awards of more popular interest are presented in a widely viewed televised ceremony. It is the music equivalent to the Emmy Awards for television, the Tony Awards for stage,and the Academy Awards for film.

The awards were established in 1958. The first Grammy Award telecast took place on the night of November 29, 1959, as an episode of the NBC anthology series Sunday Showcase, which was normally devoted to plays, original TV dramas, and variety shows. Until 1971, awards ceremonies were held in both New York and Los Angeles, with winners accepting at one of the two. Pierre Cossette bought the rights to broadcast the ceremony from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences and organized the first live telecast.

The trophies are made and assembled by hand. In 1990, the original Grammy design was revamped, changing the traditional soft lead for a stronger alloy less prone to damage, and making the trophy bigger and grander. The Grammy is assembled in pieces and finally finished off in gold plating. The actual trophies, with the recipient's name engraved, are not available until after the award announcements, so a series of "stunt" trophies are re-used each year for the broadcast.

The Grammy Awards are awarded in a series of categories, each of which isolate a specific contribution to music. The standard awards list nominees in each category from which a winner is selected. Grammy categories have been added and removed over time and there are over 100 awards given out spread over various fields and categories.

For the records books, Sir Georg Solti is the male artist with the most Grammy wins,31 in total.Alison Krauss is the biggest winner among female artists with 26 awards.U2, with 22, holds the record among bands,and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra holds the record for any musical group with 60 wins.And the next grammys, 53rd Grammy Awards will take place on 13 February 2011 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

source: wikipedia

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