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Lionel Richie Named 2016 MusiCares Person of the YearLionel Richie Named 2016 MusiCares Person of the Year
by BWW News Desk - Aug 18, 2015

Lionel Richie will be honored as the 2016 MusiCares Person of the Year on Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016, 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. Proceeds from the 26th annual benefit gala dinner and concert - to be held in Los Angeles during GRAMMY Week two nights prior to the 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards - will provide essential support for MusiCares (www.musicares.org), which ensures that music people have a place to turn in times of financial, medical and personal need. (more...)

Lionel Richie Named MusiCare's 2016 Person of the YearLionel Richie Named MusiCare's 2016 Person of the Year
by TV News Desk - Aug 18, 2015

Lionel Richie will be honored as the 2016 MusiCares Person of the Year on Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016, it was announced today (more...)

Valley Performing Arts Center to Host Linda Ronstadt in Conversation with Dan Guerrero, 9/29Valley Performing Arts Center to Host Linda Ronstadt in Conversation with Dan Guerrero, 9/29
by BWW News Desk - Aug 6, 2015

Like never before, the world-renowned 16th Annual Vancouver International Tap Festival is showcasing the fullness of a living, exciting, vital art taking place from Aug. 27 - 30, 2015. Tap dancing - from its deep musical roots and brilliant contemporary blossoming - explored and experienced from new perspectives and levels of excellence, includes two Canadian premieres of globally recognized and celebrated artists. (more...)

Recording Academy Issues Statement on Passing of Music Producer Billy SherrillRecording Academy Issues Statement on Passing of Music Producer Billy Sherrill
by BWW News Desk - Aug 5, 2015

Country music producer and songwriter Billy Sherrill passed away at the age of 78 yesterday, according to the Associated Press. (more...)

Grammy-Winning Country Artist Lynn Anderson Has Died; Recording Academy Releases StatementGrammy-Winning Country Artist Lynn Anderson Has Died; Recording Academy Releases Statement
by BWW News Desk - Aug 1, 2015

BroadwayWorld has learned that Country artist Lynn Anderson, known for her '70s country/pop crossover hit, 'Rose Garden' has died. The Grammy Award-winner suffered a heart attack on Thursday night, July 30, at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center. She was 67. (more...)

Recording Academy Issues Statement on Passing of Songwriter Wayne CarsonRecording Academy Issues Statement on Passing of Songwriter Wayne Carson
by BWW News Desk - Jul 21, 2015

Wayne Carson, best known for penning the Willie Nelson hit 'Always on My Mind' passed away on Monday, July 20th at the age of 72. (more...)

GRAMMY Awards & 'Stevie Wonder All-Star GRAMMY Salute' Receive Four Emmy Award NominationsGRAMMY Awards & 'Stevie Wonder All-Star GRAMMY Salute' Receive Four Emmy Award Nominations
by BWW News Desk - Jul 16, 2015

In recognition of outstanding artistic excellence, the 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards telecast received three Emmy nominations and the 'Stevie Wonder: Songs In The Key Of Life — An All-Star GRAMMY Salute' television special also received a nod at the Television Academy's nominations announcement earlier today. (more...)

Recording Academy Issues Statement on Passing of Joan SebastianRecording Academy Issues Statement on Passing of Joan Sebastian
by BWW News Desk - Jul 14, 2015

Mexican singer and songwriter Jose Manuel Figueroa, known professionaly as Joan Sebastian, passed away Monday at his ranch in Guerrero, Mexico. He was 64. (more...)

The Recording Academy Elects New National Officers at Spring Trustees MeetingThe Recording Academy Elects New National Officers at Spring Trustees Meeting
by BWW News Desk - Jun 3, 2015

The Recording Academy announced today that producer/engineer/songwriter John Poppo was elected Chair of its Board of Trustees and A&R Executive Ruby Marchand was elected Vice Chair (more...)

Grammy-Winning Jazz Legend Bob Belden Dies at Age 58Grammy-Winning Jazz Legend Bob Belden Dies at Age 58
by BWW News Desk - May 21, 2015

Bob Belden, well-known jazz saxophonist, arranger, composer, bandleader and producer, passed away of a heart attack on Wednesday in New York at the age of 58.  (more...)

Blue Note Records Exec Bruce Lundvall Dies at 79Blue Note Records Exec Bruce Lundvall Dies at 79
by BWW News Desk - May 19, 2015

Bruce Lundvall, former CEO of Blue Note Records who signed artists such as Herbie Hancock, Wynton Marsalis, Natalie Cole and Norah Jones, passed away today, May 19, 2015, due to complications from a long battle with Parkinson's disease. He was 79. (more...)

Recording Academy Issues Statement on Passing of Guitar Legend B.B. KingRecording Academy Issues Statement on Passing of Guitar Legend B.B. King
by BWW News Desk - May 15, 2015

The Recording Academy issued the following statement on the passing of B.B. King: (more...)

Recording Academy Issues Statement on Passing of Stan CornynRecording Academy Issues Statement on Passing of Stan Cornyn
by BWW News Desk - May 13, 2015

Stan Cornyn, who served as head of creative services 32-year Warner Bros. Records for 32 years, passed away on Monday, May 11 after a battle with cancer. He was 81 years old. (more...)

Recording Academy Issues Statement on Passing of Singer Dottie DillardRecording Academy Issues Statement on Passing of Singer Dottie Dillard
by BWW News Desk - May 12, 2015

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Recording Academy Integrates Advocacy and Membership Divisions to Expand Grassroots ActivismRecording Academy Integrates Advocacy and Membership Divisions to Expand Grassroots Activism
by BWW News Desk - Apr 30, 2015

In a move that advances its mission of supporting music creators, The Recording Academy announced a restructure that aligns its Advocacy and Member Services divisions. (more...)

The Recording Academy Issues Statement on Passing of Musical Satirist Stan FrebergThe Recording Academy Issues Statement on Passing of Musical Satirist Stan Freberg
by BWW News Desk - Apr 9, 2015

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Stan Freberg, whose career spanned TV, radio and records passed away this week at the age of 88. (more...)

Recording Academy Issues Statement on Passing of Grammy Winer Doug SaxRecording Academy Issues Statement on Passing of Grammy Winer Doug Sax
by BWW News Desk - Apr 3, 2015

Grammy Award winner Doug Sax, a direct-to-disc pioneer, co-founder of Sheffield Labs, and founder of The Mastering Lab passed away yesterday, April 2nd at the age of 78. (more...)

GRAMMY Foundation Awards More Than $200,000 for Music ResearchGRAMMY Foundation Awards More Than $200,000 for Music Research
by BWW News Desk - Mar 26, 2015

The GRAMMY Foundation® Grant Program announced today that more than $200,000 in grants will be awarded to 14 recipients in the United States to help facilitate a range of research on a variety of subjects (more...)

The Recording Academy to Honor Alicia Keys & More at GRAMMYs on the Hill AwardsThe Recording Academy to Honor Alicia Keys & More at GRAMMYs on the Hill Awards
by BWW News Desk - Mar 23, 2015

Music and politics unite at The Recording Academy's 2015 GRAMMYs on the Hill Awards where GRAMMY-winning artist/songwriter/producer Alicia Keys will be presented with the Recording Artists' Coalition Award (more...)

Toto Bassist Mike Porcaro Passes Away at Age 59Toto Bassist Mike Porcaro Passes Away at Age 59
by BWW News Desk - Mar 17, 2015

Mike Porcaro, bass player for the Grammy-winning rock band Toto, died on Sunday, March 15th at the age of 59 following a battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig's Disease). (more...)

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