Grammy Moments

The 57th annual Grammy Awards airs tonight on CBS and it is set to be yet another star studded event. I’m excited for the performances and I decided to post some artists who have had quit the feat at musics grandest stage. Click HERE for my 2014 Grammy review and enjoy the slideshow below.

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Sir Georg Solti is the leader of the pack for male artists as he has 31 Grammy wins. Alison Krauss leads female artists with 27 wins.
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Quincy Jones is the most male nominated artist with 79 nominations and Beyoncè leads female artists with 53 nominations. Michael Jackson had the most nominations in one night as a male artist in 1984, 12 total. For female artists, Beyoncè ties with Lauryn Hill for 10 noms in one night.
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Michael Jackson has a record winning 8 Grammy wins in one night in 1984. Beyoncè and Adele lead the female artist wins for 6 in one night in 2010 and 2012 respectively.
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Frank Sinatra Stevie Wonder, Paul Simon, David Foster, Phil Ramone, and Daniel Lanois have been able to win the most coveted Grammy, Album of the Year, 3 times.
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Aretha Franklin has an 8 year run of winning Best Female R&B Vocal Performance, 1968-1975. She won the award again 3 other times for a total of 11 wins in the category.
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Paul Simon, Carole King, Christopher Cross, Eric Clapton, the Dixie Chicks, and Adele have been able to sweep Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Album of the Year in the same night.

MMF Celebrates Black History in Music, Feb. 28

On February 28, 1984 Michael Jackson swept the 26th Annual Grammy Awards with 8 wins of the success of his 1982 album, Thriller. He took home: Album of the Year, Record of the Year (‘Beat It’), Best Recording for Children (‘E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial’), Best Pop Vocal Performance Male (‘Thriller’), Producer of the Year (along with Quincy Jones), Best R&B Vocal Performance Male (‘Billie Jean’), Best Rhythm and Blues Song; songwriter (‘Billie Jean’), and Best Rock Vocal Performance Male (‘Beat It’).

Here’s a compilation of his acceptance speech at the 26th Annual Grammy Awards.

Thriller was released on November 30, 1982. The album only featured 9 songs so for him to have won 8 Grammys for the album it’s like a Grammy per song! In addition to the 8 Grammy wins he won 8 AMAs, a special Merit Award, and 3 The video for ‘Thriller’ was more of a motion picture with their even being a special on the making of the video.

Jackson’s videos ‘Beat It’ and ‘Billie Jean’ are noted for breaking the color barrier on MTV. During the early 80s not many black artists were played except for a few. When ‘Beat It’ aired on MTV it was still not played on a high rotation. In fact, ‘Billie Jean,’ was not put into medium rotation (2-3 times a day) until it peaked on the Billboard Hot 100. Although those two songs set the tone for what what was to come with breaking the color barrier on the station the release of ‘Thriller’ was what really eliminated the barrier.

The album was inducted into the Guinness Book of World Records on February 7, 1984 as the world’s best-selling album. On August 21, 2009 the album was certified platinum 29x by the RIAA having sold 29 million copies in the U.S. and over 20 million outside the U.S. The album is still iconic to this day averaging 130,000 in the U.S. yearly.

Below is a playlist of the album. ENJOY!

MMF Celebrates Black History in Music — Feb. 20

There are songs that are write for love, heartbreak, happiness, and then there are those written about world peace and current events in the world. There are two classic songs that come to mind when I think of those two topics and it’s Marvin Gaye’s, ‘What’s Going On,’ and Michael Jackson/Lionel Richie, ‘We Are The World.’

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‘What’s Going On,’ came from a depressing time in Marvin’s life after losing friend and singing partner, Tammi Terrell. The song was released on January 7, 1971 and in its first week it had sold 200,000 copies. It was #1 for five weeks on the Billboard R&B Charts and #2 on the Hot 100.

The song was nominated at the 14th Annual Grammy Awards for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance and Best Arrangement Accompanying Vocalists. It was remade in 2001 for Artists Against Aids World Wide on October 30, 2001. A portion of the proceeds benefited the American Red Cross’ September 11th fund.

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Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie along with Quincy Jones teamed up for the USA For Africa track, ‘We Are The World.’ The track was released March 7, 1985 and went on to sell over 20 million copies.

The song featured vocals from Tina Turner, Diana Ross, Dionne Warwick, Cyndi Lauper, Stevie Wonder, and dozens more. The album won 4 Grammys at the 28th annual awards: Song of the Year, Record of the Year, Best Pop Performance by Duo/Group w/ Vocal, Best Music Video (Short Form).

The song was remade in 2010, We Are The World 25 for Haiti.