A total of 217 music teachers from 195 cities across 45 states have been announced as quarterfinalists for the Music Educator Award presented by The Recording Academy and the GRAMMY Foundation. In total, more than 30,000 nominations were submitted from all 50 states.
The Music Educator Award was established to recognize current educators (kindergarten – 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.
American Idol and the GRAMMYs have a long history of crossover. Check out our playlist of GRAMMY-nominated and winning American Idol alums including Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson and Carrie Underwood!
Daft Punk performing “Stronger” with Kanye West at the 50th GRAMMY Awards in 2008
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Music’s Biggest Night, the 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards, will return to Los Angeles’ Staples Center on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014, and will be broadcast on CBS. The eligibility year for the 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards is Oct. 1, 2012, to Sept. 30, 2013.
It is virtually impossible to accurately describe the emotional roller coaster that accompanies winning a GRAMMY Award … but I’ll try. The experience of winning the GRAMMY for Best Country Album at the 55th GRAMMY Awards was a bit like feeling overwhelming amounts of shock, surprise, excitement, nervousness, happiness, elation, and pride all at once. When Kelly Clarkson opened the envelope she stammered ever so slightly upon reading the name. The crowd began applauding before she finished. I just sat there and began clapping too — I honestly did not expect us to win. Kelly then reread the name clearly. My wife stood and started shaking me and excitedly saying, “You won! You won! That’s you! You won!” It was all quite the surprise…
To win a GRAMMY for Best Country Album at the 55th GRAMMY Awards validates all the hard work, blood, sweat, and tears that went into making Uncaged. It lets us know that we are not only loved by our fans, but also respected and appreciated by our peers in the industry.