GRAMMY AWARDS 2018
rujokinggrandad.co.uk BLOG 29th January 2018
THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY
A favourite world annual event of mine which is high on my bucket list to go and see live is the Grammy Awards.
James Corden hosted Music’s Biggest Night in New York City for the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards, which was broadcast live on both coasts from Madison Square Garden on Sunday, January 28 at 7:30 PM ET / 4:30 PM PT on the CBS Television Network. The GRAMMY Awards broadcast is one of television’s major broadcast events, ranking as one of the highest-rated and most-watched specials. Established in 1957, The Recording Academy is an organization of musicians, songwriters, 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.
Music legends and Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Tina Turner and Neil Diamond received even more accolades at the Grammys Both artists received Grammy Lifetime Achievement Awards, and were honored with an award ceremony. Other honorees included British rockers Queen, country icon Emmylou Harris, New Orleans funk group The Meters, and legendary studio musician Hal Blaine, who played drums on 350 top 10 hits.
The Recording Academy announced that iconic songwriter and celebrated performer Neil Diamond was honored with The Recording Academy’s Lifetime Achievement Award, a Special Merits Award that celebrates performers that have made outstanding contributions of artistic significance to the field of recording. A special award presentation ceremony and concert celebrating all of honorees will be held in the summer of 2018.
Throughout his illustrious and wide-ranging career, Neil Diamond has sold over 130 million albums worldwide and has dominated the charts for more than five decades with 38 Top 40 singles and 16 Top 10 albums. He has achieved record sales with 40 Gold albums, 21 Platinum albums and 11 Multi-Platinum albums.
Before becoming one of the most noted and successful recording artists in the world, Diamond’s early recognition came as a songwriter. His recorded songs have become part of the fabric of America’s songbook with a wide range of international hits that include “Solitary Man,” “Cherry Cherry,” “Girl, You’ll Be A Woman Soon,” “I’m A Believer,” “Red Red Wine,” “Holly Holy,” “Thank The Lord For The Night Time,,” “Sweet Caroline,” “Kentucky Woman,” “Brother Love’s Travelling Salvation Show,” “Cracklin’ Rosie,” “I Am…I Said,” “Song Sung Blue,” “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers” (with Barbara Streisand,) “September Morn” and “Heartlight” among many others.
A Grammy Award-winning artist, Diamond is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Songwriters Hall Of Fame and a recipient of the Sammy Cahn Lifetime Achievement Award, one of the highest honors bestowed upon songwriters. Diamond’s many other achievements include a Golden Globe Award, 13 Grammy nominations, ASCAP Film and Television Award, Billboard Icon Award, American Music Award and 2009’s NARAS’s Musicares Person of the Year Award. In 2011, Diamond received the prestigious Kennedy Center Honor for his lifetime of contributions to American culture.
Tina Turner, the Queen of Rock and Roll, has sold over 50 million albums, and is one of the most renowned live performers of the rock era. In a statement, Recording Academy president and CEO Neil Portnow said, “These exceptionally inspiring figures are being honored as legendary performers, creative architects, and technical visionaries. Their outstanding accomplishments and passion for their craft have created a timeless legacy.”
WINNERS OF THE KEY GRAMMYs 2018
Album of the year: Bruno Mars – 24K Magic
Record of the year: Bruno Mars – 24K Magic
Song of the year: Bruno Mars – That’s What I Like
Best new artist: Alessia Cara
Best pop album: Ed Sheeran – ÷ (Divide)
Best rock album: The War On Drugs – A Deeper Understanding
Best R&B album: Bruno Mars – 24k Magic
Best rap album: Kendrick Lamar – Damn
INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE FOR THE DAY
How to stop time: kiss
How to travel in time: read
How to escape time: music
How to feel time: write
How to release time: breath
Happiness is… travelling to New York’s Madison Square Garden to see the Grammy Awards live.
GRANDAD’S ONE LINER JOKE OF THE DAY
Where does a polar bear keep his money? In a snowbank!
Love is… an old fashioned love-letter, instead of an e-mail.
TRACK OF THE DAY
Sound and Vision – David Bowie
Highest Chart Position: No.3 26th March 1977