My first Inside Look @ the 57th Annual Grammy Experience
A special annual event known globally as the Grammys celebrated it’s 57th year, as stars and celebrities alike gathered at the Staples Center in Los Angeles to celebrate the evenings live award ceremony. The event presented a unique experience in itself as I was settled into a media room located above the Grammy stage asking artists questions following their win in likes of publications including Hot97 and Forbes. Sam Smith was the most vibrant winner of them all as he answered the media’s questions with the utmost honesty. When asked how Smith would celebrate, he jokes with his drawing persona and english accent, cradling all four Grammy awards in his hand “not too sure, but I’m going to In N’ Out burger straight away.”
As a native to Southern California, it has always been interesting to see the Grammys from the outside looking in as it ties up traffic downtown, but this year to be inside working the event I learned that there is an untelevised pre-Grammy show that presents many talented artists and composers we don’t hear too much about. In example, there was a gentleman that won a Grammy specifically for working on Beyonce’s surround sound in her latest album. This earlier set of the award ceremony was quite inspiring as these artists shared stories with the press that showed true character and sincerity. Having the insight of the lesser known artists was quite the best part of my Grammy experience as it really opened my eyes not only to what all goes into records but the humbleness and emotion that these lesser-known artists displayed as they were admired for their work. Combined with the excitement of live main show, and a new grand appreciation for the awards presented prior to - it was a surreal feeling I can share with you as I will admit this Grammy Experience has heightened my respects for the production I’ve always associated with traffic delays. Feeling the actual bass of the show under my feet and to see these famous artists with my own two eyes simply have fun with the media answering questions, was unlike any other.
A beautiful evening as members of music celebrate their craft and admire their peers, it was apparent the joyous feeling in the air. Regardless of the category, you truly do feel happy for each acceptance and performance in a much different aspect actually being there. There was a sense of happiness and fulfillment that radiates out of their faces that just doesn't come through on the television. With new artists like Smith stealing the show, to these many untelevised artists that were presented earlier in the day, my vision taken away from the 57th Annual Grammys really illuminated that anything is possible. A sweet experience to see artists sharing their talents and sincere love for one another - a house full of appreciation of well-made music! You may know or not, there were a total of 83 awards that were presented throughout the award show, here is a brief list of some of the un-televised Grammys that were given, the one’s you may have not heard all too much about but were quite cool:
- ‘Best Music Video’ went to Pharrell’s hit ‘Happy’ but accepting the award were French video directors’ We Are From LA who mentioned to the media that this was their “first project in the U.S.” Crazy cool!
- ‘Best Surround Sound Album’ was given to Elliot Scheiner (surround mix engineer); Bob Ludwig (surround mastering engineer); & of course Beyoncé Knowles (surround producer) awarded for B's latest album.
- ‘Producer of the Year, Classical’ awarded to Judith Sherman, imagine what a surreal feeling to be producer of the year in your genre! Classical music is killin it, I took a listen.
- ‘Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical’ delivered to All of Me (Tiesto’s Birthday Treatment Remix), the Grammy given to Tijs Michiel Verwest (the remixer.)
- ‘Best Comedy Album’ was a HUGE surprise as it was awarded to “Weird Al” Yankovic for his album with RCA Records Mandatory Fun. Weird Al’s comments to the media were all fun as his excitement accepting his second Grammy was a clear proud moment in his career.
- Ziggy Marley’s Fly Rasta won ‘Best Reggae Album’ and the late Joan Rivers was awarded the ‘Best Spoken Word Album’ Grammy for Diary of a Mad Diva.
- A favorite award given that brought a bit of insight to something different, something outside of what I’d normally enjoy was ‘Best Regional Roots Music Album.’ Given to Jo-El Sonnier for his album The Legacy. I was intrigued after he mentioned to the media his strong Louisiana roots, giving all credit to his home, willingness to learn and upbringing.
There were a total of 74 of the 83 awards given away earlier in the day and most shared words of encouragement as they dedicated to the theme of ‘never give up on your dream’ and really instilling the confidence that anything is possible if you work hard enough at your craft. With this experience, I would like to place a bit of inspiration in your mind as you shape your craft, regardless of what it may be, take on the challenges of the world please know that any dream is possible.