Grammy awards (originally called Gramophone Awards) is an award presented whose achievements in the field of music have been recognised by the distinguished members of the jury. Grammy Award shares the recognition of music industries along with Academy Awards for movies, Tony Awards for theatre and Emmy Awards for television. The first Grammy Awards were held in 4th May, 1959. The gramophone trophy is a gold plated trophy each of them depicting a gilded gramophone made by Billing Artworks in Ridgway, Colorado. Billings Artwork has even invented an alloy which they named Grammium. From the very beginning till February, 2009 a total number of 7578 Grammy trophies have been awarded to the celebrities.
Prior to 1971, Grammy Award ceremonies were held in different locations with New York and Los Angeles topping the location. However, in 1971, Staples Centre was built in Los Angeles for the ceremony to be held there.
Grammy Awards Categories
There are many categories for Grammy such as R&B, Dance, Roots, Rap, World Music, Children, Comedy, Reggae, Rock and others and the number of categories vary from year to year. In 2012, the number of categories were cut down from 109 to 78 and since then, there has been either an increase or a decrease in the number of categories. These number of categories cannot be aired into the television because of the desired performance by various celebrities. So, only about 10-12 categories of award presentation with the four general or main categories is aired in the television and the rest is presented pre-telecast ceremonies
There are four main categories for Grammy and every year, not restricted by any genre, a number of Celebrities are nominated for their contribution to the music industry. However, the categories are:
- Album of the year- This is presented to the performer and the whole team behind the production of album.
- Record of the year– This is presented to the performer and the production team for only one song.
- Song of the year– This is presented to the writers and composers of the song.
- Best New Artist– This is an award presented to the most promising upcoming artist whose talent has been immensely praised.
Till date, there are only two artists who have received both the titles for their contribution. The first being Christopher Cross, who won all the four categories in 1980 and then Adele who won the Best New Artist award in 2009 along with the other three categories. She also secured a Grammy for the other three categories in 2017.
Grammy Awards 2018
The 60th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony will be held on January 28, 2018. The CBS network will telecast the live show which will be held in Madison Square Garden, New York marking the return of host James Corden. Ever since 2003, it is the first time when the ceremony will be held outside Los Angeles (Staple Centre). The achievements of the artists from 1st October, 2016 till 30th September, 2017 will be recognised. The nominations were announced on 28th November, 2017 and the pre-telecast ceremony will also be held in the same year prior to the ceremony.
The nomination list in the four general categories for the 60th Grammy Awards include
Best New Artist:
- Alessia Cara
- Lil Uzi Vert
- Julia Michaels.
Record of the year:
|Song Name||Artist’s Name|
|Despacito||Luis Fonsi, daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber.|
|The Story of O.J||Jay-Z|
|24K Magic||Bruno Mars|
Song of the year:
|Song Name||Artist’s Name|
|Despacito||Daddy Yankee, Luis Fonsi, Justin Bieber|
|4.44||Shawn Carter and Dion Wilson|
|Issues||Benjamin Levin, Julia Michaels, tor Erik Hermansen, Justin Drew Tranter, Mikkel Storleer Eriksen.|
|That’s what I like||Alessia caracciolo, Sir Robert Bryson Hall II, Ariun Ivantury, Khalid Robinson, Andrew Taggart.|
|1-800-273-8255||Christopher Brody Brown, Philip Lawrence, Bruno Mars, Ray Romulus, Jonathan Yip and others.|
Album of the Year
|Name of the Album||Artists’ Name|
|Awaken, My Love!||Childish Gambino|
|24K Magic||Bruno Mars|
The top Grammy Winners of all time
Well, there are a number of artists, who have carried back home the most number of Grammy Trophies. These include:
|Artist’s Name||Number of Grammy Awards||Categories|
|Quincy Jones||27||Rap, R&B, Arranger, Producer|
|Pat Metheny||20||Jazz, Instrumental|
|Al Schmitt||20||Engineer or Mixer|
|Bruce Spingsteer||20||Album or Songs|
|Tony Bennett||18||Pop Music|
|Yo Yo Ma||18||World Music|
|Paul Mc Cartney||18||Artist, Composer, Arranger|
Actors and actresses who won Grammy
Apart from the people related to the Music industry there are a number of actors and actresses who have won Grammy for their distinguished contributions. These are the 12 actors and actresses who have all the four Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony awards.
|Name of the artists||Year||Categories|
|Rita Moreno||1972||Singer and Actress|
|John Gielgud||1979||Actor or Director|
|Jonathan tunick||1988||Composer and Conductor|
|Mel Brooks||1998||Writer, Composer and Actor|
|Mike Nichols||1961||Director and Actor|
|Whoopi Goldberg||1985||Actress, Host and Producer|
Well, Grammy Awards is a very prestigious award for any individual Celebrity. The upcoming Grammy Actress that is to be held in January will mark another era of recognising the efforts of musicians from all over the world.