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Carole King will be honored as the 2014 MusiCares Person of the Year on Jan. 24, 2014, it was announced today by Neil Portnow, President/CEO of the MusiCares Foundation and The Recording Academy, and Bill Silva, Chair of the MusiCares Foundation Board.
Multi-GRAMMY-winning artists the Dixie Chicks, Lady Gaga, Bette Midler, Jason Mraz, James Taylor, and Steven Tyler will perform in King’s honor. Music industry veterans Lou Adler, Martin Bandier and Rob Light along with Taylor are tribute chairs. Composer and arranger Robbie Kondor will be the evening’s musical director. Additional performers will be announced in the coming months.
Proceeds from the 24th annual benefit gala dinner and concert — to be held in Los Angeles during GRAMMY Week two days prior to the 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards — will provide essential support for MusiCares, which ensures that music people have a place to turn in times of financial, medical and personal need.
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Semifinalists Revealed For Inaugural Recording Academy Music Educator Award
A total of 25 music teachers from 24 cities across 15 states have been announced as semifinalists for the Music Educator Award presented by The Recording Academy and the GRAMMY Foundation. In total, more than 30,000 initial nominations were submitted from all 50 states. The 10 finalists will be announced in December.
The Music Educator Award was established to recognize current educators (kindergarten through college, public and private schools) who have made a significant and lasting contribution to the field of music education and who demonstrate a commitment to the broader cause of maintaining music education in the schools.
French indie rock collective Phoenix were among the acts performing at a benefit concert for the GRAMMY Foundation’s GRAMMY in the Schools music education programs on Aug. 11 at Club Nokia in Los Angeles. Prior to the concert, Phoenix participated in an exclusive GRAMMY.com interview, discussing their support of the GRAMMY Foundation, their first GRAMMY win and the pressure of recording each new album, including their latest, Bankrupt!, among other topics.
GRAMMY Camp — SoundCheck With Justin Bieber
GRAMMY-nominated artist Justin Bieber was the recent guest for an installment of the GRAMMY Foundation’s GRAMMY Camp — SoundCheck program. Hosted By The Recording Academy Memphis Chapter at the FedExForum, a group of local high school and college students were given the unique opportunity to experience a live soundcheck and engage in a question-and-answer session with Bieber, during which he discussed the evolution of his music, his artistic vision and his favorite aspects of his career.
"My vision as an artist is just to inspire people with what I do and always give it my best when I’m onstage," said Bieber. "And be a good person … and great at what I do."
An Ontario, British Columbia, native now residing in Southern California, Bieber caught the attention of Scooter Braun after the talent manager discovered performance videos of the young artist on YouTube. With the help of Braun, Bieber landed an audition with GRAMMY winner Usher, who helped Bieber land a deal with Island Def Jam when the singer was only 15. Bieber’s debut album, My World, was released in 2009 and peaked at No. 5 on the Billboard 200 on the strength of Top 20 hits such as “One Less Lonely Girl.” My World was certified platinum in 2010, just in time for Bieber to release his follow-up set, My World 2.0. The album peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 featuring the Top 5 single “Baby,” and earned Bieber two GRAMMY nominations for Best New Artist and Best Pop Vocal Album.
In 2011 Bieber set a Billboard 200 record with the release of Under The Mistletoe, which became the first Christmas album by a male artist to debut atop the chart. The album was followed by Never Say Never: The Remixes, which marked the third No. 1 for Bieber, who became the first solo artist to achieve three No. 1 albums before turning 18. Bieber’s latest release, Believe, was released June 19 and debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. The album features the Top 10 hits “Boyfriend” and “As Long As You Love Me.” Bieber is currently on tour throughout the United States, UK and Europe, with dates scheduled through March 2013.
The GRAMMY Foundation’s GRAMMY Camp —SoundCheck program provides high school and college students a glimpse into the realities of music careers by offering them the opportunity to experience a soundcheck rehearsal with a recording artist, followed by an interactive and candid question-and-answer session.
In celebration of Best Buy Mobile’s milestone 100th store opening at nearby Seminole Towne Center mall, Justin Bieber shocked students when he appeared during an assembly in Sanford, Fla. Bieber’s appearance included the presentation of a $5,000 donation on behalf of Best Buy and the GRAMMY Foundation to Seminole High School in support of the school’s music program.
Three-time GRAMMY winner Keith Urban will headline the GRAMMY Foundation’s signature benefit Starry Night concert on July 23! Rising folk combo the Avett Brothers will open the benefit.
Tickets for Starry Night go on sale June 11 at 10 a.m. PST.
On Oct. 19 the Decemberists will unveil Here Come The Waves: The Hazards Of Love Visualized, a special project that takes their ambitious and acclaimed song cycle to new heights for its final American performance at UCLA’s Royce Hall in Los Angeles. This unique live experience will feature the Decemberists in collaboration with four filmmakers — Guilherme Marcondes, Julia Pott, Peter Sluszka, and Santa Maria — each of whom have created animation to accompany musical sections.
Presented in association with Flux, the event will also be a benefit for the GRAMMY Foundation’s GRAMMY in the Schools music education programs for high school students. For ticket information, visit Ticketmaster.