Santa Monica, CA (May 14, 2007)–The Recording Academy has announced its plans for a year-long celebration of its milestone 50th Annual Grammy Awards, which will air live on CBS from Los Angeles’ Staples Center on Sunday, February 10, 2008.
To commemorate the past 50 years, an illustrated book, featuring photos from past Grammy shows and of memorable Grammy moments, will be sold exclusively through Borders Books beginning in October. The book will have commentary penned by noted Rolling Stone scribe and Grammy Awards show writer David Wild, and will include a foreword by Quincy Jones.
Grammy Brand, a high-end fashion collection for men and woman that celebrates the intersection between music and fashion, will be available at select boutique retailers this fall. A portion of the proceeds from sales of these products will benefit the Grammy Foundation and MusiCares.
The Grammy Foundation Leadership Award will be presented to Quincy Jones at Starry Night, an intimate benefit concert and dinner, on Saturday, July 28, 2007. The honor is in recognition of Jones’ lifetime commitment and dedication to social, cultural, economic and educational issues spanning the globe.
On Friday, February 8, 2008, MusiCares will honor Aretha Franklin as its 2008 Person of the Year. The tribute dinner and all-star concert honors legends in the music business who have made significant contributions to the world of music and have demonstrated extraordinary humanitarian and philanthropic efforts.
The 50th Annual Grammy Awards will be broadcast on the CBS Television Network at 8 p.m. (ET/PT) on Sunday, February 10, 2008, marking the 35th consecutive year the show will air on CBS. The Grammy Awards was the first awards show to air in HDTV with 5.1 surround sound, and will continue utilizing the latest technology.
Paying homage to music’s rich cultural history, The Recording Academy will build a Grammy Museum. The 30,000 square-foot facility will explore and celebrate the enduring legacies of all forms of music, the creative process, the art and technology of the recording process, and the history of the premier recognition of excellence in recorded music. The Museum will be housed in AEG’s L.A. Live entertainment complex (across the street from Staples Center) and is scheduled to open in September 2008.
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