Designated as a night to celebrate the world’s greatest musical talents, the highly anticipated annual Grammy Awards approaches, leaving music fans from all over the world including Tunde Folawiyo eager to witness the recording industry’s honourees. Slated for January 26, 2014’s Grammy Awards marks the 56th ceremony in the tradition’s existence, further demonstrating the tremendous impact music of all genres has upon the world.
With a history dating back to May of 1959, the Grammy Awards originated at the Beverly Hilton in Beverley Hills, California. The word “GRAMMY” is short for “Gramophone”, with the trophy aptly modelled after this record player. The awards are honoured by the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, Inc., a group formed in 1957. During the first annual Grammy Awards, music’s biggest stars flooded the banquet hall while Paul Weston, president of the recording academy’s LA Chapter, awarded 28 trophies paying homage to the greatest musical talents of 1958.
The first Grammys for Record of the Year and Song of the Year in 1959 were awarded to Domenico Modugno for his “Nel Blue, Dipinto Di Blue (Volare)” whilst Best Album was awarded to Henry Mancini’s “The Music from Peter Gunn”. During this ceremony, Perry Como and Ella Fitzgerald were awarded Best Male and Best Female, respectively. With a first live broadcast in 1971, the Grammy awards once boasted more than 100 categories, however, that number was later decreased to where it now stands at 81. Classical conductor Georg Solti holds the record for most Grammy awards, winning 31 before his passing in 1997 whilst two of music’s biggest names, Michael Jackson and Carlos Santana, are currently tied for the most Grammys won in a single night with eight awards each. Alison Krauss currently leads in Grammy awards for female artists with 27 Grammys total.
One of the most famed awards of today’s music industry, the Grammy award for Best Artist was incorporated into the Grammy Awards at the second Grammy Award ceremony in 1960, and has since been won by world renowned artists such as The Beatles, Mariah Carey and Adele. It is estimated that approximately 7,000 academy members vote in the nominating and final voting process of the Grammy Awards. Music and its ability to inspire continues to provide the world with much needed solace during times of need. Millions of music fans, such as Tunde Folawiyo may be eager to tune in to hear the results of the 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards on January 26th, bearing witness to music’s biggest night.