Neil Portnow News

The Recording Academy Remembers Robin Williams
by BWW News Desk - Aug 11, 2014

As BWW reported earlier this evening, comedian and Academy Award-winning actor Robin Williams died this morning, August 11, 2014, of an apparent suicide. He was 63. The Recording Academy's President and CEO Neil Portnow just released the following statement on Williams' death. (more...)

Renowned Conductor Lorin Maazel Dies at Age 84; Recording Academy Issues Statement
by BWW News Desk - Jul 14, 2014

Renowned conductor Lorin Maazel passed away yesterday, July 13th at the age of 84 due to complications of pneumonia. (more...)

The Recording Academy Issues Statement on Passing of Bassist and Composer Charlie Haden
by BWW News Desk - Jul 12, 2014

Yesterday, Charlie Haden passed away at 76. He was one of the most respected bassists and jazz composers today. His legendary, groundbreaking work with Ornette Coleman in the 60's is just one highlight of this three-time Grammy winner's illustrious career. (more...)

'The Beatles: The Night That Changed America' & 'Grammy Awards' Receive 8 EMMY Nominations
by TV News Desk - Jul 11, 2014

'The Beatles: The Night That Changed America - A GRAMMY® Salute' has received six Emmy® Award nominations, and the 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards® telecast has received two in recognition of outstanding production excellence. (more...)

The Recording Academy Issues Statement on Passing of Legendary Lyricist Gerry Goffin
by BWW News Desk - Jun 20, 2014

Today, The Recording Academy has issued the following statement on the passing of Gerry Goffin. (more...)

Statement from The Recording Academy in Response to Horace Silver's Passing
by BWW News Desk - Jun 19, 2014

Jazz pianist, composer and bandleader Horace Silver was one of the most popular and influential jazz musicians of the '50s and '60s. Widely regarded as the creator of the hard bop sound - a combination of R&B, gospel, and his unique piano style - he performed with some of the biggest names in jazz, including Stan Getz, Miles Davis, and Art Blakey, the latter with whom he founded the legendary Jazz Messengers. (more...)

The Recording Academy Issues Statement on Passing of RUBY DEE
by TV News Desk - Jun 13, 2014

Today, The Recording Academy issued the following statement on the passing of Ruby Dee (more...)

Changes Announced to GRAMMY Awards; Samples Now Allowed in All Songwriting Categories
by BWW News Desk - Jun 12, 2014

As part of its recent annual spring Board of Trustees meeting, The Recording Academy's Trustees approved a number of changes to the GRAMMY Awards process (more...)

GRAMMY Foundation Announces Students for 10th Annual GRAMMY Camp
by BWW News Desk - Jun 10, 2014

The GRAMMY Foundation announced today that 167 talented high school students from 125 U.S. cities and 31 U.S. states have been selected as participants in the 10th annual GRAMMY Camp program. (more...)

Recording Academy Releases Statement on Passing of Maya Angelou
by BWW News Desk - May 28, 2014

As BWW reported earlier today, America's Poet Laureate Maya Angelou has passed away at the age of 86. The poet died last night, May 27th in a Winston-Salem, North Carolina hospital while recovering from an 'unexpected ailment'. She died surrounded by her family. Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy, released the following statement today about Angelou... (more...)

Dave Navarro & More Added to Musicares Map Fund Benefit Concert Line-Up
by BWW News Desk - May 12, 2014

MUSICARES MAP FUND BENEFIT CONCERT will honor Ozzy Osbourne, singer/songwriter and frontman for two-time GRAMMY®-winning band Black Sabbath, and Jeff Greenberg (more...)

Recording Academy Issues Statement on Passing of Juan Formell
by BWW News Desk - May 02, 2014

Today, the Recording Academy and Latin Recording Academy issued a statement on the recent passing of musician Juan Formell of Los Van Van (more...)

The Latin Recording Academy Launches Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation
by BWW News Desk - Apr 23, 2014

The Latin Recording Academy announced today, as part of the 15th anniversary celebration of the Latin GRAMMY Awards, the launch of the Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation (more...)

President/CEO of Recording Academy Neil Portnow to Be Honored as UJA-Federation
by BWW News Desk - Apr 14, 2014

UJA-Federation of New York will honor Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy, at its Music Visionary of the Year Award Luncheon on Wednesday, June 25, 2014, at The Pierre in Manhattan. (more...)

Recording Academy Issues Statement on Passing of Lucy Hood
by TV News Desk - Apr 04, 2014

Lucy Hood, president and chief operating officer of the Television Academy passed away this week after a battle with cancer (more...)

The GRAMMY Foundation Announces 2014 GRAMMY Signature Schools
by BWW News Desk - Mar 18, 2014

The GRAMMY Foundation announced today that 12 schools nationwide have been selected as GRAMMY Signature Schools (more...)

Musician & Actor Med Flory Dies at 87
by BWW News Desk - Mar 17, 2014

According to the LA Times, Med Flory, an alto saxophonist and founder of the Grammy-winning jazz group Supersax, as well as an actor who appeared on numerous TV series, has died at age 87. (more...)

The Recording Academy to Honor Lady Antebellum at Grammys on the Hill Awards
by BWW News Desk - Mar 07, 2014

Music and politics unite at The Recording Academy's 2014 GRAMMYs on the Hill Awards where seven-time GRAMMY winners Lady Antebellum will be presented with the Recording Artists' Coalition Award (more...)

Ozzy Osbourne to Be Honored at 10th Anniversary Musicares Benefit Concert
by BWW News Desk - Mar 03, 2014

The 10th anniversary MusiCares MAP Fund® benefit concert will honor Black Sabbath's GRAMMY®-winning singer/songwriter OZZY OSBOURNE (more...)

Recording Academy Issues Statement on Passing of Folk Singer Pete Seeger
by TV News Desk - Jan 28, 2014

Today, The Recording Academy issued the following statement on the passing of the iconic singer (more...)

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