Black Music Month Artist Of The Day: Day 27 Aretha Franklin

Nothing else really needs to be said about Aretha Franklin. She is the universal, uncontested Queen of Soul. Her blend of gospel and blues made all of her songs more meaningful. She’s inspired many of the talented artists today. Here she is at the 1994 Grammy Awards singing “You Make Me Feel…(Like A Natural Woman) and receiving her well deserved life time achievement award.

Black History Month Day 8: Leotyne Price

When noted opera singers in the world are discussed, the name Leontyne Price is sure to come up. For years, she sang in the great opera houses of the world but got her start as a child singing in her church choir. She first came to public notice in 1957, with the San Francisco Opera. She became one of the most popular sopranos in the country, and in appearances around the world. In 1961, she made her debut at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, where she went on to become one of the company’s leading sopranos. Among her many honors are 15 Grammy Awards and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. In the U.S. today, there are 110 opera companies, and their performances are seen by more than 5 million people a year. This special edition of Profile America for Black History Month is a public service of the U.S. Census Bureau.

U2, Kid Rock, Rhianna To Appear at Grammys

U2, Kid Rock, Robert Plant & Alison Krauss, and Rihanna are the latest performers announced for the 51st Annual GRAMMY® Awards. They join previously announced performers Kenny Chesney, Coldplay, Jennifer Hudson, Jonas Brothers, Lil Wayne, Paul McCartney (with special guest drummer Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters), Katy Perry, Radiohead, T.I. and Justin Timberlake, Carrie Underwood, and Jay-Z, Lil Wayne, T.I. and Kanye West in a special performance of their hit single “Swagga Like Us.” Actor Simon Baker (CBS’ “The Mentalist”), actor/musician Jack Black, current three-time GRAMMY nominee Duffy, current nominee Josh Groban, three-time GRAMMY-winning jazz musician and current nominee Charlie Haden, actor Samuel L. Jackson and Academy Award®-winning actress and current GRAMMY nominee Gwyneth Paltrow will appear as presenters. The music industry’s premier event will take place live on Sunday, Feb. 8, at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles and will be broadcast in HDTV and 5.1 Surround Sound on the CBS Television Network from 8 – 11:30 p.m. (ET/PT). The show also will be supported on radio via Westwood One worldwide, and covered online at and, on Twitter at “theGRAMMYs,” on Facebook at “The Recording Academy,” on YouTube at “51stGRAMMYs,” and on at “the51stgrammys.” Additional performers, presenters and special segments will be announced soon.

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Lil Wayne, Coldplay Lead Grammy Nominations

Rapper Lil Wayne leads the nominations for the 51st Annual Grammy Awards with eight, including album of the year and best rap album for “Tha Carter III,” best rap song for “Lollipop” and best rap/sung collaboration for “Got Money” featuring T-Pain.

Other leading artists are Coldplay, who earned seven nominations, and Jay-Z, Ne-Yo and Kanye West, who each scored six.

In album of the year, the nominees were: Coldplay for “Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends,” Lil Wayne for “Tha Carter III,” Ne-Yo for “Year of the Gentlemen,” Robert Plant and Alison Krauss for “Raising Sand” and Radiohead for “In Rainbows.”


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Grammy Nominees


Wednesday, December 3, 2008 6:00 PM SHARP!
Door Time: 4:00 PM

The GRAMMY® Nominations Concert Live!! – Countdown To Music’s Biggest Night will announce nominations in at least six categories, feature performances by past GRAMMY® winners and nominees including Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, Foo Fighters, B.B. King, John Mayer, and Taylor Swift, and will set the stage for the 51st Annual GRAMMY® Awards on Feb. 8, 2009. The special also marks the first time nominations for the annual GRAMMY® Awards will be announced live on primetime television.

Following the one-hour live telecast, guests will experience a one-hour exclusive concert by John Mayer in celebration of the grand opening of the GRAMMY MuseumSM.


2009 GRAMMY Hall of Fame® Inductees Announced as the GRAMMY MuseumSM Debuts to the Public on Dec. 6

The Recording Academy® Honors Timeless Recordings Including “Let The Good Times Roll” To Be Performed by B.B. King and John Mayer on “The GRAMMY® Nominations Concert Live!!” Dec. 3, 9 p.m. ET/PT on CBS

The Recording Academy® announced the newest additions to its GRAMMY Hall Of Fame®, adding 28 recordings to a timeless list that now includes 826 titles. The Hall Of Fame will be a featured part of the GRAMMY MuseumSM at L.A. LIVE in downtown Los Angeles opening on Dec. 6, and serves as a celebration and reminder of the triumphs and achievements of the recording arts. Selections are drawn from all categories of music, representing the diversity and musical excellence for which The Recording Academy is renowned.

“The GRAMMY Hall of Fame represents a proud tribute to the many important recordings that have enriched and even changed our lives and now they are featured in our GRAMMY Museum for all to experience and enjoy,” said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy. “Our 2009 inductees span decades and genres — from classical, calypso and country to R&B, soundtracks, and rock and roll — and these masterpieces possess the qualities that make them everlasting representations of how the recording arts are such a vital part of our culture.”

The selections range from 1928’s “I Wanna Be Loved By You” by Helen Kane to the Police’s 1983 album Synchronicity. The soundtrack from the film The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly as well as “Love Theme from The Godfather” are included in this year’s list of inductees. There are four classical recordings, including 1961’s “Copland: Appalachian Spring,” conducted by Aaron Copland (with the London Symphony Orchestra) and one musical show, Man Of La Mancha. Rock recordings include Jimi Hendrix’s “The Star-Spangled Banner” and Queen’s “We Are The Champions/We Will Rock You.” In the R&B genre, “Let The Good Times Roll” by Louis Jordan and His Tympany Five will be featured in a unique live performance by B.B. King and John Mayer on “The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live!!” airing Wednesday, Dec. 3, 9 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.

The GRAMMY Hall Of Fame was created in 1973 to honor recordings of lasting significance that were issued prior to the 1958 inception of the GRAMMY® Awards. The Hall is now open to any recording that has been in release for at least 25 years. New submissions are chosen annually by a special member committee of experts and historians drawn from all branches of the recording arts. Their recommendations are subject to approval by the Board of Trustees of The Recording Academy. The GRAMMY Hall Of Fame is unique in that it is open to all genres of music popular as well as specialized forms.

Established in 1957, The Recording Academy is an organization of musicians, producers, engineers and recording professionals that is dedicated to improving the cultural condition and quality of life for music and its makers. Internationally known for the GRAMMY Awards — the preeminent peer-recognized award for musical excellence and the most credible brand in music — The Recording Academy is responsible for groundbreaking professional development, cultural enrichment, advocacy, education and human services programs. The Academy continues to focus on its mission of recognizing musical excellence, advocating for the well-being of music makers and ensuring music remains an indelible part of our culture. For more information about The Academy, please visit