Grammy Awards History
The Grammy Awards recognizes the yearly achievements of the music industry. The awards are presented by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences and feature performances by the year’s most prominent musicians. Award winners are chosen by voting members of the Academy. For most awards, members are only permitted to vote in their areas of expertise.
First awarded in 1959, the awards aimed to recognize artists who may never earn a star on Hollywood Boulevard. The four most popular Award categories include Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best New Artist. In total, there are more than 80 different categories, in which an artist may receive one or more awards. This event is usually held in late January or early February every year.
Grammy Awards Facts & Quotes
- The 2018 Grammy Awards was hosted by James Corden. This will be the 60th Grammy Awards and will take place at New York City's Madison Square Garden.
- The first Grammy Awards were given out on May 4th, 1959 at the Beverley Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles. Both Song and Record of the Year awards were won by Domenico Modugno for Nel Blu Dipinto di Blu (Volare).
- In 2015, Billboard reported an increase of 87% in sales for songs performed at the Grammy Awards. The increase in sales was noted in the week following the Grammy Awards.
- The Grammy was originally called a Gramophone award. The name was inspired by the gold-plated trophies depicting a gilded gramophone that are handed out to winners.
It's really nice to be nominated by people that do what you do, love what you do. It's just a really exciting and humbling feeling. - Hayley Williams, singer/songwriter of band Paramore
Grammy Awards Top Events and Things to Do
- Watch the Grammy Awards as they air live on CBS. CBS owns the broadcasting rights until 2021.
- Listen to the most honored Grammy Award Albums:
How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb(2004) by U2 - won 9 Grammy Awards
Supernatural (1999) by Santana - won 9 Grammy Awards.
Thriller (1982) by Michael Jackson – won 8 Grammy Awards.
- Listen to the symphonies conducted by Sir Georg Solti, who holds the record for the most Grammy Awards at 31.
- Host a Grammy Award party complete with a red carpet and a playlist of the top recording artists.
- Listen to the works of Alison Krauss, a bluegrass musician who holds the record for the most Grammy Awards won by a female artist. Some of her most awarded works includes The Scarlet Tide and You Will Be My Ain True Love. Both were nominated for the Best Original Song and featured on the soundtrack for Cold Mountain (2003).