The Dave Matthews Band released an incredible album last year called Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King. The album was nominated for two 2010 Grammy Awards: Best Rock Album and Album of the Year
The musical gala of the year is undoubtedly The GRAMMY Awards. A week of celebrations put on by The Recording Academy to honor the year’s best work. The tradition has been around for 52 years and it’s a huge deal. The GRAMMY Awards are more than just glitz, glamour and today’s number one hit, it’s also about education, technology, community and history. While we love film and television there’s really nothing better than music.
The week is full of events including the P&E (Producers & Engineers) Wing Event where they honored the music of Island Records. It was a big celebration in honor of music producer, Chris Blackwell. Chris is the founder of Island Records, which is an incredibly successful record label that has spanned the decades. Chris has been responsible for working with such artist as Bob Marley, U2 and Melissa Etheridge. Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow told us that Chris is the type of music producer who’s in it for the art and does it from the heart.
Neil Portnow is an important man, as he is the one responsible for bringing us Britney — that alone makes him a noted character in musical history. Originally from the east coast, Neil moved west to head up the west coast division of Jive Records during the start of the Britney era. His pet project or favorite part of his job is not deciding what songs to put on the annual GRAMMY Album, nor is it dressing up and hanging out with Béyonce — Neil’s great love is giving back. He’s the head of MusiCares, which is the charitable arm of the Recording Academy who offers assistance and support to musicians who are down on their luck.
One of the biggest events of the week was celebrating Neil Young’s 2010 MusiCares Person of the Year award. We met the band Everest at the event. Everest is a bit of a protégé to Neil Young and they have toured with Neil and Wilco and they have an album out under Vapor Records, which is Neil Young’s record label. The band is made up of four established Los Angeles based musicians who have been in a slew of different bands. They have come together and have a sound that is very Neil Youngish.
The reason winning a GRAMMY is so important is because it comes from the music community. Each member of the Recording Academy votes on the best musicians. It’s the ultimate validation that your music is good. After all, every musician aspires to be the next Neil Young.
Gossip — from our eyes to your ears..GRAMMY week was full of stars and we’ve got the scoop. LMFAO were super sweet, Rhianna is tiny and crazy beautiful, Ke$ha really does hang out in glitter, the guys from The Frey are too cool for school, Nicole Kidman looks like a robot doll, in true intellectual fashion when asked to do an interview with LAX Magazine, Matthew McConaughey responded with “nah, I’m just going to pose for photos”. Jason Swarzman was lost in the parking garage but gave us a hug when we told him that we watched his show. The guys from Black Eyed Peas have great spirits and Taboo is super sexy.
We had the chance to chat with Jason Mraz, who we have to say is incredibly down-to-earth and charming considering the recent acclaim his music career has had. When we asked him what his after-Grammy plans included, he told us that he was looking forward to writing music and working on his farm (yes, he has a farm!). He and Colbie Caillat earned a Grammy this year for their collaboration on their duet “Lucky”, which is a very sweet love song where their voices blend beautifully! When we asked him how they decided to work together, he told us a pretty funny story. Apparently, he emailed Caillat telling her that he had a song written that he would like for her to record with him. When she said that she’d love to collaborate, he said he then had to scramble to start writing the song. Thankfully it all worked out in his favor. When we asked her what she thought about that story, she laughed and said that she was actually just learning that fact now.