Some artists have been in the collective consciousness so long that we forget the first time we became aware of them. Here is a list of five iconic performers that many of us first saw catapulted into our world after an amazing night at the GRAMMYs.
Bonnie Raitt - 32nd GRAMMY Awards, 1990 Telecast. Won all 4 GRAMMYs that she was nominated for including Album Of The Year for Nick Of Time. It was her first time winning after 3 previous nominations over the years. She was 40 years old at the time.
Ricky Martin - 41st GRAMMY Awards, 1999 Telecast. Won Best Latin Pop Performance for Vuelve, performing an instantly legendary version of “La Copa De La Vida” that made him an overnight international star.
Christina Aguilera - 42nd GRAMMY Awards, 2000 Telecast. Won Best New Artist despite having only released one single and not considered a front runner for the award. Beat out Macy Gray, Kid Rock, Britney Spears and Susan Tedeschi.
Norah Jones - 45th GRAMMY Awards, 2003 Telecast. Won 5 GRAMMYs including Record Of The Year, Album Of The Year and Best New Artist. Her album Come Away With Me was eventually certified diamond and remains Blue Note Records biggest-selling release.
Miguel - 55th GRAMMY Awards, 2013 Telecast. Nominated for 5 GRAMMYs, Miguel won Best R&B Song for “Adorn.” His electric performance on the telecast caused Kelly Clarkson to give him a shout-out during her acceptance speech later in the evening.
“Mississippi’s influence can be heard everywhere…The music born in Mississippi has shaped the development of popular music in America and beyond. The GRAMMY Museum Mississippi will help the rest of the world recognize Mississippi’s contribution to American music culture.”
According to a Rolling Stonereport, U2 were spotted last week at Electric Lady Studios in New York where they are wrapping the mixing of their forthcoming new studio album with producer/engineer Danger Mouse. Due in the fall, the album will be the first U2 studio set since 2009’s GRAMMY-nominated No Line On The Horizon. As for what the album sounds like? “It sounded amazing,” said past U2 producer Daniel Lanois in a recent interview. “Very, very big and powerful-sounding. Some of it was adventurous. There were shades of [1991’s] Achtung Baby.“
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!