Santa Monica, CA (March 2, 2005)–Grammy Week ’05–from its “Salute To…” events and annual MusiCares “Person of the Year” Tribute to its spotlights on students, style, and celebration of song–culminated with the worldwide telecast the 47th Annual Grammy Awards. Among many exciting events held during Grammy Week was an awards ceremony at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel on Feb. 12, where The Recording Academy presented Grammy Lifetime Achievement Awards, Trustees Awards, and the Technical Grammy Awards, given to JBL Professional and record producer and longtime Grammy telecast sound consultant Phil Ramone.
“From the outstanding performances during the 47th Annual Grammy Awards to the inaugural Salute To Gospel and Salute To Industry Icons events, we were thrilled to deliver another amazing Grammy Week,” said Neil Portnow, president of The Recording Academy. “We also are gratified that the tsunami relief fundraising performance of ‘Across The Universe’ has been a top download on iTunes, with all proceeds directly benefiting those in need. As a matter of fact, the album sales boost of many of the Grammy winners, nominees and performers demonstrates the power and prestige of Music’s Biggest Night.”
Leading members of the Producers & Engineers Wing, a national division of the Recording Academy, showed strong support at the 47th Annual Grammy Awards held on February 13, 2005 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA. Shown with John and Pierre Cossette of Cossette Productions, who produce the Grammy Awards telecast are (l-r): Joe Chiccarelli, Glenn Lorbecki, Eric Schilling, John Cossette, Leslie Ann Jones, Hank Neuberger and Pierre Cossette. Photo by Rick Diamond/WireImage.com
The Recording Academy, CBS, and Cossette Productions combined forces for the Grammy Awards broadcast, utilizing the latest in technology to provide television viewers worldwide with a cutting-edge, high-definition/5.1 surround sound event. The telecast showcased the most up-to-the-minute developments in both high-definition video and 5.1 surround sound delivery, allowing a more immersive viewing and listening experience for the show’s global audience.
The 47th Grammys featured a technological tour de force furthering the event’s reputation as the most complex audio production in live television. Hundreds of celebrities, musicians, and dancers hit four stages for once-in-a-lifetime performances and more than 1,000 audio inputs were processed, mixed, and balanced during the broadcast. Even with the show’s staggering complexity, the Grammy Awards came off without a hitch, thanks to a remarkable crew utilizing a vast array of highly developed technology.
This year, the Academy teamed up with Capitol Records to release the 2005 Grammy Nominees CD, a compilation which rose to No. 4 after the telecast on the Billboard Top 200 album chart and already has been certified Gold since its release. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the CD benefits MusiCares and the Grammy Foundation.
The Grammy Pre-Telecast, during which awards for many of the Grammy’s 107 categories were presented, took place in the Los Angeles Convention Center prior to the show. The ceremony boasted an all-star lineup of talent, including co-hosts Ananda Lewis and Steve Vai as well as presenters Jars Of Clay, Richard Kaufman, Keb’ Mo’, Cyndi Lauper, JD Natasha, Jamie O’Neal, Jill Scott, and Jon Secada. Grammy -nominated artists Black Eagle and Jamie Cullum performed.
The 15th Annual MusiCares Person of the Year tribute dinner–which was held at the Hollywood Palladium on Feb. 11 and honored music icon Brian Wilson–was the largest event in MusiCares’ history. The tribute was hosted by Jon Lovitz and featured a star-studded concert by artists including India.Arie, Jeff Beck, Backstreet Boys, Barenaked Ladies, Jamie Cullum, Earth, Wind & Fire, Michael McDonald, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Richie Sambora, and Neil Young, and culminated with a special performance by Brian Wilson and Friends. Proceeds from this event provide essential support for MusiCares’ Financial Assistance Program. Two nights later, Wilson won his first solo Grammy for Best Rock Instrumental Performance for “Mrs. O’Leary’s Cow,” from his album SmiLE.
On Feb. 8, the Academy hosted the second annual Grammy Salute To Jazz at the Music Box @ The Fonda. The honorees were composer/arranger and saxophonist Benny Golson, Grammy-winning vocalist and educator Jon Hendricks, and composer and pianist Horace Silver. The President’s Merit Award for outstanding achievement was presented to these jazz legends for their lasting contributions to the genre and the music community. Live performances and appearances by the honorees, including surprise guest Al Jarreau, highlighted an evening dedicated to paying tribute to jazz.
The inaugural Grammy Salute To Gospel Music was held on Feb. 10 at the West Angeles Church of God in Christ Cathedral in Los Angeles and was hosted by actress Angela Bassett. The first President’s Merit Award honorees for this event were Grammy-winning pioneer of contemporary gospel Andraé Crouch, Grammy-winning Southern gospel artists/songwriters Bill and Gloria Gaither, and Grammy-winning gospel veteran Albertina Walker. In addition to an awards presentation, this event featured performances by artists including CeCe Winans, Kirk Franklin, Donnie McClurkin, and Smokie Norful, who was this year’s Grammy winner for Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Album.
For the first time in an elite ceremony at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel on Feb. 12, The Recording Academy presented the Lifetime Achievement Award, honoring lifelong artistic contributions to the recording medium; the Trustees Award, which recognizes outstanding contributions to the industry in a non-performing capacity; and the Technical Grammy Award, presented to individuals and/or companies who have made contributions of outstanding technical significance to the recording field. Grammy Lifetime Achievement Awards were presented to Eddy Arnold, Art Blakey, the Carter Family, Morton Gould, Janis Joplin, Led Zeppelin, Jerry Lee Lewis, Jelly Roll Morton, Pinetop Perkins, and the Staple Singers. Trustees Awards recipients included Hoagy Carmichael, Don Cornelius, Alfred Lion, and Dr. Billy Taylor. The Technical Grammy Awards were given to JBL Professional and record producer and longtime Grammy telecast sound consultant Phil Ramone.
To give consumers an influential voice and spur dialogue on digital music and file-sharing issues, the What’s The Download Interactive Advisory Board, made up of college students and artists, including Kanye West, Earth, Wind & Fire, Mark McGrath and JD Natasha, held its first meeting during the 47th Annual Grammy Awards weekend on Feb. 12 at STAPLES Center. Moderated by Daryl Friedman, vice president of Advocacy and Government Relations for The Recording Academy, the Advisory Board members initiated a lively discussion on digital music and file-sharing issues with the intent of developing a platform to educate and bring solutions to the industry and consumers regarding file-swapping issues.
The Recording Academy also introduced political leaders to top record producers for The Grammy Industry Roundtable: Producers, Engineers and the U.S. Congress. Held at the legendary Capitol Records Studio A in Los Angeles and produced in cooperation with the Academy’s Producers & Engineers Wing, the event served as an important dialogue between legislators and the technical recording professionals.
The discussion was designed to educate the legislators on the role of the producer, an oft-forgotten segment of the recording community in the halls of Congress. Also moderated by Friedman and hosted by P&E Wing Co-Chairs Glenn Lorbecki and Bob Ludwig, the discussion included legendary producers Phil Ramone, Al Schmitt and Ed Cherney, FCC Commissioner Jonathan Adelstein, Rep. Mary Bono (R-Calif.), and other prominent political and music industry professionals.
Following a wide-ranging, off-the-record discussion about recording community issues, the D.C. visitors were treated to a live demonstration of the recording process itself, as they joined Ramone and Schmitt in the control room while the Backstreet Boys recorded a track in the studio.
The inaugural Grammy Salute To Industry Icons event on Feb. 13 honored founding chairman of Atlantic Records Ahmet Ertegun. This exclusive reception–held in conjunction with the 2005 Grammy Celebration Party–featured a presentation of the President’s Merit Award to Ertegun in honor of his contribution to the landscape of modern music. Kid Rock and Rob Thomas, along with Recording Academy president Neil Portnow, presented the award to Ertegun. Prominent members of the music community attended this invitation-only event.
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