Millions of viewers from around the world tune into the annual Grammy Awards year after year to see the efforts of their favorite artists’ pay off, new talents are given recognition and larger than life performances by music artists. We’ve heard enough about the winners and nominees so here are a few specifics you should get to know already.
As Vh1 brings the 60th Grammy Awards exclusively to India, we bring to you some really cool facts you didn’t know:
A break of 12 years
The first Grammy Awards were held on 4th May 1959, at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles. However, the Grammys were not aired until its 13th season in 1971 from the Hollywood Palladium.
Grammy was Eddie
The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences chose “Eddie” as the nickname for the statuettes given out at their awards ceremony. It was a tribute to Thomas Edison, the inventor of the gramophone.
The Grammys Red Carpet
The carpet is 500×80 feet and welcomes more than 7,000 people in a year.
Michael Jackson and Santana hold the record for the most Grammys won in one night
Each of them took home eight awards home — Jackson in 1984, Santana in 2000.
Three U.S. presidents have won Grammy awards
The awards are not only for artists and performers but even for Best Spoken Word. Jimmy Carter for the audiobook version of his memoir, ‘A Full Life: Reflections at Ninety’ in 2016 and ‘Our Endangered Values: America’s Moral Crisis’ in 2007. Bill Clinton won for ‘My Life’ in 2005 and Barack Obama for ‘The Audacity of Hope’ in 2008.
A Latin Grammy Award
The @LatinGRAMMYs may have been pitiful due to the lack of Mexican music but the same can’t be said about their Twitter page. The handle has two-fold followers than @TheGRAMMYs with 2,810,148 followers as compared to 4879 followers.
17 years and counting…
American rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, television personality, and actor – Snoop Dogg has been nominated 17 times yet still hasn’t won a GRAMMY.
It is an unwritten rule that the bars are closed at the venue and the attendees stay sober throughout the awards ceremony. This is an initiative of MusiCares which is a Recording Academy that helps musicians in need of financial and medical assistance. One of their initiatives is Safe Harbor Rooms at venues and festivals around the country.
Catch all the action from star-studded 60th Grammy Awards on Monday, 29th January, at 7 AM, only on Vh1!