Grammy Awards are the music sector’s Oscars. The music sector embarked on its personal awards 30 years following the establishment of the Academy Awards. The Gramophone Awards which was a term used to describe the Grammys initially, were formed by National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.
The Grammys had a traditional feel to them. During that time, the nominations did not include rock and roll as it was not regarded as a trend. Even though the committee was made up of representatives from jazz, pop, classical, country and R&B, majority of the innovators did not win any award in upcoming years.
Presentation of Grammys
The initial Grammy Awards were awarded on 4 May 1959, for the year 1958. Most of the music that was sold that year consisted of records from Elvis Presley; however, he was not even a nominee.
It is believed that Frank Sinatra, who was the board’s Chairman, had something to do with this as he did not like Rock’nRoll. During the second year, Bobby Darin was presented with 1959’s Record of The Year Award for ‘Mack the Knife’ and Sinatra hated this latest music even more. In the years that followed, however, this same song was recorded by Sinatra.
The late sixties still remained traditional. In 1969, 5th Dimension group turned out to be a godsend with their rock music which was soft and jazzy. They won two awards for a similar song, that is, ‘Aquarius-Let the Sunshine in.’
In the seventies, the conventional approach lost its power when the stringent judging criterion in the Grammys was relaxed; this was inclusive of artists like Stevie Wonder and Eagles.
Grammys suffered a blow as a big scandal erupted when Milli Vanilli was presented with Best New Artist Award. Milli Vanilli was made up of two artists whose three singles took the number one position. Afterwards, it was discovered that these two did not sing any of their songs; instead, they lip-synched. Afterwards, their producer from Germany commented, ‘We signed a deal with Satan.’
Hosting the Grammys
The first time Grammys were broadcasted, it was by ABC. Afterwards, CBS purchased the telecast rights in 1973. For a number of years, The Grammys took place at Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles and afterwards relocated to the Staples Center due to the rise of the categories and audience. For a lot of years, Los Angeles and New York have been in competition for the hosting of Grammys.
Currently, the Grammys have 108 categories consisting of 20 and more music genres and chapters in Chicago, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Seattle, Florida, Nashville, Memphis, Philadelphia, Pacific Northwest, New York, Texas, San Francisco and Washington D.C.
On 11 February, 2007, the ceremony for the Annual Grammy Awards event which was the 49th was held in Los Angeles, California at Staples Center and Dixie Chicks became major winners.
In 2008, Grammy Awards commemorated its 50th year; this was a high point in the business of music awards. It was held at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.