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In 10 years, C. Michael Greene has transformed the Grammy Awards from a minor industry ritual into the global television event airing Wednesday night before an audience of 1.5 billion. Along the way, the 49-year-old Greene, chief executive of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, has transformed himself into one of the most powerful and controversial figures in the music industry. Once a struggling Atlanta saxophonist, Greene now lives in a $1.
January 27, 2014 | By Mikael Wood
The Grammy Awards, in keeping with long-established tradition, were in many ways a disaster for music fans who depend on trophies to reflect artistic quality. But "The 56th Grammy Awards," which aired Sunday night on CBS? That show wasn't half-bad. Broadcast from Staples Center as a nearly four-hour TV special, the music industry's premier awards ceremony put far too many prizes into the wrong hands, not least among them the three rap honors (and best new artist title) bestowed upon Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, the distressingly sanctimonious Seattle duo that diverted recognition from worthier, more vital acts such as Kanye West, Drake and Kendrick Lamar.
May 2, 2008 | Roger Vincent, Times Staff Writer
The Recording Academy, the organization that hands out the music industry's annual Grammy awards, said Thursday that it would move its headquarters a few blocks next year to a new building in Santa Monica. The academy will double the size of its offices with the move from 3402 Pico Blvd. to a building at 3030 Olympic Blvd. in the Lantana office park it has agreed to lease from Maguire Properties Inc.
January 26, 2014 | By Chris Barton
UNDERRATED 'Craig Handy & 2nd Line Smith': Miss the rollicking musical gumbo of HBO's "Treme"? Oakland-born saxophonist Handy captures the groove-heavy sound of New Orleans on this recently released album. Handy's name may be familiar to those who saw Robert Altman's "Kansas City," where he played Coleman Hawkins, but here he conjures the soul-jazz spirit of organist Jimmy Smith, including irresistibly funk-laden takes on "Organ Grinder's Swing" and "Ready 'n Able. " 'The Bridge' on Hulu: Lately, it seems if you want to know what makes a new TV show great, you have to get to its source.
May 31, 1988 | PAUL GREIN
"It's been a conservative organization . . . one that has moved slowly and has been overly protective of the Grammy process." Another critic taking a potshot at the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences for awarding Grammys on "safe," mainstream pop acts? Not this time. The words are from the recording academy's new president, Mike Greene, a 38-year-old former musician and record producer.
In a revolutionary move to combat mounting criticism of its voting process, the governing body of the Grammy Awards has decided that final nominees in key categories will no longer be based strictly on a vote of its 8,000 members.
The Grammy Awards ceremony may still be a week away, but a series of supporting "Grammy Week" features--including community and educational activities--kicks off today. "The Grammy Awards show is the focal point," said Irving Azoff, chief executive of Giant Records and chairman of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences' Host Committee. "But this really is the week to educate the industry and the general public about the work the academy does."
February 8, 2004 | Randy Lewis, Times Staff Writer
When the first Grammy Awards were handed out in 1959, the ballot was a single sheet of paper, folded twice and mailed to voters in a standard envelope. Today, "it's as big as the phone book for White Plains, [N.Y.]," jokes Dom Cerulli, a charter member of the Recording Academy, which launched the Grammy Awards as the music industry's answer to the Oscars. The reason: back then there were just 28 categories. This year, 105.
February 9, 2004 | Robert Hilburn, Times Staff Writer
If the music industry's best sellers gave us only about two hours of great music last year, why did the Recording Academy think it needed 3 1/2 hours Sunday to honor it? Or am I alone in thinking the 46th annual edition of the Grammy Awards felt torturously slow and mostly irrelevant?
January 16, 2008 | Geoff Boucher, Times Staff Writer
After watching the Golden Globes gala implode last weekend in the face of the Writers Guild of America strike, the organizers of the 50th Annual Grammy Awards began a campaign Tuesday to preserve their Feb. 10 show.
January 26, 2014 | By Mikael Wood
“Each name lives up to the adjective he or she deserves.” That's the back-slapping tautology Clive Davis used to introduce some of the A-list entertainers who'd gathered for the record mogul's annual pre-Grammy Awards gala Saturday. The bash at the Beverly Hilton Hotel is known for its high-wattage performances -- this year's acts included Lionel Richie, Miley Cyrus, R. Kelly, Imagine Dragons, Fantasia and Pharrell Williams -- and for its equally sparkly guest list. On Saturday night, Taylor Swift, Jane Fonda, Rod Stewart, Joni Mitchell, Rihanna and the members of Metallica were in the audience, along with many of the producers and executives who seem to take turns receiving the Recording Academy honor that serves as the evening's ostensible focus.
January 26, 2014 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
Betting on the outcome of the Grammys is always a losing game. And the nominations for the 56th annual ceremony prove the voting members of the Recording Academy are as broad as ever with their musical tastes. But history has shown that unpredictability could be the theme of the evening. Will 17-year-old Lorde make Grammy history? Will Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Robin Thicke's staggering chart prowess be rewarded by voters? Will a rap album take the night's top prize for the first time in a decade?
January 26, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
French electronic duo Daft Punk's “Random Access Memories” was named album of the year and its frisky hit single “Get Lucky,” with Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers, won for record of the year Sunday at the 56 th Grammy Awards. The Recording Academy voters gave the twosome four awards over the course of a long but visually and musically dazzling ceremony. Two-time Grammy winner Paul Williams, the veteran songwriter who was one of the collaborators on the album, delivered the acceptance speech for theatrically silent, helmeted musicians Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter . “Back when I was drinking and using, I used to imagine things that weren't there," he said.
December 23, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
Is Justin Timberlake back? OK, so the superstar singer-actor hasn't exactly been away lately; indeed, it might be Timberlake's overexposure this year that led the Recording Academy to snub "The 20/20 Experience" in the recently announced nominations for the upcoming Grammy Awards. (Then again, with the Recording Academy, general cluelessness is always a reliable bet.) Yet Timberlake has spent much of the past few months in celebrity mode as opposed to musician mode. Even headlining Staples Center just before Thanksgiving, he seemed more like a Hollywood king holding court than like a dude playing songs.
December 19, 2013 | By Todd Martens
French dance duo Daft Punk, who have thus far resisted touring in support of its hit 2013 album "Random Access Memories," have booked at least one live date in 2014. The act was among the first wave of performers unveiled for the Jan. 26 Grammy Awards. Other stars set to appear on the telecast are Kendrick Lamar and Imagine Dragons. The latter two, in Grammy fashion, will be performing together. Daft Punk, who last appeared on the Grammys in 2008 with Kanye West, looks to be spared a duet partner, at least for now. The Recording Academy is billing Daft Punk's appearance as an "exclusive" one. FULL COVERAGE: Grammy nominations 2014 Daft Punk and Lamar are competing in the album of the year field.
December 17, 2013 | By Todd Martens
With no publicity or promotion, 59 Beatles tracks appeared for sale Tuesday on iTunes under the moniker "The Beatles Bootleg Recordings 1963. " The collection, consisting largely of coarse-sounding recordings for the BBC, is retailing for $39.99 in the U.S.  But for how long? Reports of the set being for sale around the globe began surfacing early Tuesday. A sense of mystery surrounded the project, as it was said to have disappeared and reappeared in some regions. Although it's currently for sale in the U.S., distributing label Universal Music Group declined to comment on the record or its existence.
But Slim, what if you win, wouldn't it be weird? --Eminem's "The Real Slim Shady" * Well, get ready for weird at the 43rd annual Grammy Awards ceremony. The first intriguing question in this year's record industry competition was answered Wednesday with the nomination of Eminem's "The Marshall Mathers LP" for best album of the year. Now the drama really begins.
February 24, 2012 | By Don Heckman, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Mike Melvoin, a pianist/composer/arranger whose credits reach from Stan Getz and Frank Sinatra to Michael Jackson and the Beach Boys, and who was the first active musician to serve as national president of the Recording Academy, has died. He was 74. A first-call pianist and keyboardist since the early 1960s, Melvoin died Wednesday at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, said his daughter Wendy. He had cancer. In addition to his studio work, Melvoin remained strongly linked to jazz, his first musical love, performing on a regular basis in local clubs, frequently touring internationally and releasing numerous recordings of his own groups.
December 11, 2013 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
There comes a point at every Kanye West concert where he addresses the crowd and riffs on whatever is on his mind -- which is usually a lot. Whether he's venting about his position in the fashion world, media perceptions, defending why he's labeled himself a genius or fawning over fiancée Kim Kardashian, his onstage monologues are instant fodder for blogs, mostly dismissing what West said as another rant (and he's had plenty). During Tuesday night's show at Phoenix's US Airways Center, a tiny part of his onstage address was dedicated to his Grammy nominations, or lack thereof, in his opinion.
December 7, 2013 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
Of all the narratives that can be spun out of the list of Grammy nominations, announced late Friday, came one head-scratching truth: The Recording Academy still doesn't quite know what to do with alternative R&B. When the academy announced it had added an urban contemporary album award back to the R&B field ahead of last year's nominations - an award for urban/alternative performance was discontinued after 2011  - the change bookended a game-changing year...
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