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12th ANNUAL MUSICARES MAP FUND TRIBUTE CONCERT TO HONOR GRAMMY WINNER SMOKEY ROBINSON
12TH ANNUAL MUSICARES MAP FUND® TRIBUTE CONCERT TO HONOR GRAMMY® WINNER SMOKEY ROBINSON ON MAY 19TO RAISE FUNDS FOR MUSICARES®‘ ADDICTION RECOVERY SERVICES
MusiCares Tribute Concert To Honor Smokey Robinson
Performers Include El DeBarge, Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, Cee Lo Green, And Kem
Cedric The Entertainer To Host Tribute Event
The 12th annual MusiCares MAP Fund® tribute concert will honor legendary GRAMMY®-winning singer/songwriter Smokey Robinson at the Novo (formally Club Nokia) in Los Angeles on May 19. Robinson will receive the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award in recognition of his dedication and support of the MusiCares MAP Fund as well as his commitment to helping others with the addiction recovery process.
All proceeds will benefit the MusiCares MAP Fund, which provides members of the music community access to addiction recovery treatment regardless of their financial situation. Performers include GRAMMY-nominated artists El DeBarge and Kem, and multi-GRAMMY winners Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds and Cee Lo Green. Robinson will give a closing performance with his touring band. Actor and comedian Cedric the Entertainer will host the event. Additional performers will be announced.
“During the course of his 60-year career, Smokey’s stellar repertoire of extraordinary songwriting combined with his unique voice and dynamic performances continues to thrill sold-out audiences and fans worldwide,” said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of MusiCares® and The Recording Academy®.
“He is also a passionate advocate for the MusiCares MAP Fund, and our work to help members of the music industry facing addiction. It is a genuine pleasure to honor a true musical icon and a courageous supporter of the recovery community.”
“I’ve been blessed to have a truly rewarding career in the music industry and I’ve worn many hats, from artist and songwriter to producer and executive,” said Robinson. “I also have experienced firsthand the ravages of addiction, and the role I’m most proud to be associated with is ‘sober.’ That’s why I’m so honored to receive this MusiCares MAP Fund tribute, because this charity saves lives day after day, all year long.”
Celebrated producer, songwriter and founder of Motown Records Berry Gordy will serve as the Honorary Tribute Chair for the event. Noted entertainment attorney John Branca, who was recently appointed to serve as the MusiCares Honorary Board Chair, will be in attendance. Branca was Co-Chair of the Executive Committee for the MusiCares 20th Anniversary Campaign, which raised a total of $12.5 million.
This special tribute dinner and concert offers Living Room Floor Sets that seat 10 for $12,500, Individual Floor Seats for $1,250 per person, Cabaret-Style Floor Seating with tables of four for $1,000, and Individual Cabaret Floor Seats for $250. Contact Wynnie Wynn for ticket information at 310.392.3777 or firstname.lastname@example.org. VIP Balcony Seats for $95 per person and General Admission Balcony Seats for $65 per person are available exclusively through AXS via www.axs.com.
An acclaimed singer/songwriter, Robinson’s career spans more than six decades of hits. Born and raised in Detroit, he founded the Miracles while still in high school. The Miracles were Berry Gordy’s first vocal group, and Robinson was there from the very beginning as Gordy started the Motown Records dynasty.
Their single of Robinson’s “Shop Around,” which was co-written by Robinson and Gordy, became Motown’s first No. 1 hit on the R&B Singles chart. In the years following, Robinson continued to pen hits for the group, including “You’ve Really Got A Hold On Me,” “Ooo Baby Baby,” “The Tracks Of My Tears,” “Going To A Go-Go,” “More Love,” “The Tears Of A Clown” (co-written with Hank Crosby and Stevie Wonder), and “I Second That Emotion.”
The Miracles dominated the R&B scene throughout the 1960s and early 1970s. Robinson became vice president of Motown Records, serving as an in-house producer, talent scout and songwriter. In addition to writing hits for the Miracles, he wrote and produced hits for other Motown greats, including Marvin Gaye, Brenda Holloway, the Temptations, Mary Wells, and others.
Robinson has received numerous awards, including the GRAMMY Legend Award, The Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award, four recordings inducted into the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame®, an honorary doctorate from Howard University, Kennedy Center Honors, and the National Medal of Arts Award from the President of the United States.
He has also been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame. He remained vice president of Motown Records until the sale of the company, shaping the label’s success with his friend and mentor Gordy. Following his tenure at Motown, Robinson has continued his impressive touring career and released several successful solo albums.
The MusiCares Foundation offers programs and services to members of the music community, including emergency financial assistance for basic living expenses such as rent, utilities, and car payments; medical expenses including doctor, dentist and hospital bills; psychotherapy; and treatment for HIV/AIDS, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, hepatitis C, and other critical illnesses. MusiCares offers nationwide educational workshops covering a variety of subjects, including financial, legal, medical, and substance abuse issues, and programs in collaboration with health care professionals that provide services such as flu shots, hearing tests and medical/dental screenings.
The MusiCares MAP Fund provides access to addiction recovery treatment and sober living resources for members of the music community. Staffed by qualified chemical dependency and intervention specialists, MusiCares offers Safe Harbor Room® support, sponsored in part by the Bohemian Foundation and RBC Capital Markets, to provide a network to those in recovery while they are participating in the production of televised music shows and other major music events.
MusiCares holds weekly addiction support groups for people to discuss how to best cope with the issues surrounding the recovery process. The MusiCares Sober Touring Network is a database of individuals across the United States who can take music people to recovery support meetings while on the road.
Established in 1989 by The Recording Academy, MusiCares provides a safety net of critical assistance for music people in times of need. MusiCares’ services and resources cover a wide range of financial, medical and personal emergencies, and each case is treated with integrity and confidentiality. MusiCares also focuses the resources and attention of the music industry on human service issues that directly impact the health and welfare of the music community.
The life and times of the late Adam “DJ AM” Goldstein represent an all too brief story of triumph, tragedy and inspiration. Thanks to the vision and generosity of his mother, Andrea Gross, and his family and colleagues, the MusiCares MAP Fund has over the years benefitted from a Memorial Fund created in Goldstein’s name. As a means to further his legacy, the documentary As I AM: The Life & Times Of DJ AM, was released worldwide in 2015, with a portion of the net proceeds from the film benefiting MusiCares.
MusiCares Tribute Concert To Honor Smokey Robinson
FINAL ROUND OF PERFORMERS ANNOUNCED FOR THE 58TH ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS
GRAMMY WINNER AND CURRENT NOMINEE TAYLOR SWIFT SET TO OPEN THE 58TH ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS
CURRENT GRAMMY NOMINEES ALABAMA SHAKES, JOEY ALEXANDER, AND MIGUEL ADDED TO MUSIC’S BIGGEST NIGHT
The GRAMMYs® — Hosted By LL COOL J — Air Live On CBS, Feb. 15, 2016 SANTA MONICA, Calif
Cam, Stephen Colbert, Common, James Corden,
Kaley Cuoco, Selena Gomez, Ariana Grande, Ice Cube, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Anna Kendrick, Seth MacFarlane, Ryan Seacrest, Ed Sheeran, And Sam Smith Are Set To Present On The 58th GRAMMY Awards
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The Recording Academy adds its final round of performers to the stellar lineup of more than 30 artists, set to perform at the 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards. Seven-time nominee Taylor Swift will open the show with a song from her GRAMMY-nominated album, 1989. Four-time nominees Alabama Shakes, two-time nominee Joey Alexander, and two-time nominee Miguel are also set to take the stage on Music’s Biggest Night.
GRAMMYs 2016 FINAL Round Of Performers Announced
Previously announced performers include Adele; Travis Barker; James Bay; Justin Bieber; Jackson Browne; Luke Bryan; Gary Clark Jr.; Andra Day; Diplo; Don Henley, Bernie Leadon, Timothy B. Schmit, and Joe Walsh of the Eagles; Ellie Goulding; the Broadway cast of “Hamilton“; Alice Cooper, Johnny Depp, and Joe Perry of TheHollywood Vampires; Sam Hunt; Tori Kelly; Lady Gaga; Kendrick Lamar; John Legend; Little Big Town; Demi Lovato; Pitbull; Bonnie Raitt; Rihanna; Skrillex; Chris Stapleton; Robin Thicke; Meghan Trainor; Carrie Underwood; and The Weeknd
Entertainment icon and two-time GRAMMY winner LL COOL J will host the GRAMMYs for the fifth consecutive year. Taking place at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, the 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards will be broadcast live in HDTV and 5.1 surround sound on the CBS Television Network, Monday, Feb. 15, 2016, at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.
Current four-time nominees Alabama Shakes are up for Album Of The Year and Best Alternative Music Album (Sound & Color); and Best Rock Performance and Best Rock Song (“Don’t Wanna Fight”).
Making his GRAMMY stage debut, Joey Alexander is nominated for two GRAMMYs: Best Improvised Jazz Solo (“Giant Steps”) and Best Jazz Instrumental Album (My Favorite Things).
GRAMMY winner Miguel has two nominations this year: Best Urban Contemporary Album (Wildheart) and Best R&B Song (“Coffee”) with Brook Davis.
Up for seven awards, including three in the General Field categories, seven-time GRAMMY winner Taylor Swift is one of this year’s top nominees. She is currently nominated for Album Of The Year and Best Pop Vocal Album (1989); Record Of The Year, Song Of The Year, and Best Pop Solo Performance (“Blank Space”); and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance and Best Music Video (“Bad Blood” featuring Kendrick Lamar). This will be Swift’s second time opening the GRAMMY Awards. Previously, she opened the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards in 2013 performing “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.”
The 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards are produced by AEG Ehrlich Ventures for The Recording Academy. Ken Ehrlich is executive producer, Louis J. Horvitz is director, and David Wild and Ehrlich are the writers.
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This year’s honorees are Lee Daniels (Television and Film Award), Academy Award nominated filmmaker and creator of the hit television show “Empire;” Mellody Hobson (Corporate Citizen Award), President of Ariel Investments, one of the largest Urban American owned money management and mutual fund companies in the U.S. and current Chairman of the Board of Directors for Dreamworks Animation; Eric H. Holder, Jr. (Public Service Award), the first Urban American United States Attorney General and partner at Covington & Burling, LLP in Washington D.C.; Patti Labelle (Musical Arts Awards), the iconic Grammy Award winning singer whose powerhouse voice has sold over 50 million records worldwide and L.A. Reid (The Business of Entertainment Award), Chairman & CEO of Epic Records, a three-time Grammy Award winner and prolific music mogul who helped launch some of the biggest music careers and superstars of today.
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My Brother’s Keeper Alliance was created to help eliminate gaps in opportunity and achievement for Urban boys and young men.
Executive Producers of the network telecast are as follows: Stephen Hill, Connie Orlando and Lynne Harris Taylor from BET; and Jesse Collins from Jesse Collins Entertainment.
For more information on “THE BET HONORS” visit http://www.bet.com/bethonors. Join the conversation about the special on Twitter by using hashtags: #BETHonors; follow the show for all updates & special surprises @BET.
Super Bowl halftime show 2016: Coldplay, Beyonce and Bruno Mars will all perform
The most anticipated non-football part of the entire Super Bowl extravaganza is the halftime show, which has become a hugely prestigious entertainment spectacle and almost bigger than the game itself.
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Coldplay will serve as headliner with a confirmed guest appearance from Beyoncé; Bruno Mars is reportedly slated to join the festivities as well, and Lady Gaga will sing the national anthem before kickoff.
Beyoncé was the performer of the halftime show at Super Bowl XLVII in 2013 and Bruno Mars was the headliner for Super Bowl XLVIII one year later in 2014. Coldplay has never before taken the stage at the Super Bowl.
The game itself will feature the Denver Broncos, in their eighth Super Bowl, and the Carolina Panthers, playing in their second Super Bowl.
During Super Bowl XLIX in Glendale, Arizona, in 2015, Katy Perry and Lenny Kravitz were the headliners and Perry rode a mechanical lion before dancing with sharks and beach balls.
SUPER BOWL 50 Game Ad NFL Halftime Show Lineup 2016
Super Bowl 50 will be celebrated throughout the Bay Area. The game itself will be played at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara on February 7, 2016, preceded by a weeklong series of public events held throughout the Bay Area. The Super Bowl City fan village, the NFL Experience and the Media Center will be hosted in San Francisco. CBS is the official broadcast network for Super Bowl 50.
The Lombardi Trophy includes Arabic numerals instead of Roman numerals this season.
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Jimmy Jam, Jidenna, Lianne La Havas, Keali’i Reichel, Maria Schneider, And Anoushka Shankar Will Present Awards In Approximately 70 Categories
The GRAMMY Awards Premiere Ceremony® will take place at Microsoft Theater on Monday, Feb. 15, 2016, from 12:30–3:30 p.m. PT and will be streamed live internationally at GRAMMY.com/live and CBS.com. Attended by nominees and industry VIPs, the star-studded ceremony will be hosted by comedian and current GRAMMY® nominee Jay Mohr.
Preceding the 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards® telecast, the Premiere Ceremony will feature performances by current nominees Joey Alexander, the Fairfield Four and Tasha Cobbs, Highly Suspect, the Mavericks, and TakácsQuartet. Presenting the first GRAMMY Awards of the day in approximately 70 categories will be current nominees Jidenna, Lianne La Havas, Keali’i Reichel, Maria Schneider, and Anoushka Shankar as well as five-time GRAMMY-winning producer Jimmy Jam.
The live stream of the Premiere Ceremony will remain on GRAMMY.com as video on demand for 90 days following the event. The 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards will be broadcast live following the event on the CBS Television Network from 8–11:30 p.m. ET/5–8:30 p.m. PT. For GRAMMY coverage, updates and breaking news, please visit The Recording Academy®‘s social networks on Facebook and Twitter.
Mohr is nominated for Best Comedy Album for Happy. And A Lot. This is his first GRAMMY nomination.
Tasha Cobbs, the Fairfield Four, the Mavericks, and Takács Quartet each have one nod: Cobbs for Best Gospel Album for One Place Live; the Fairfield Four for Best Roots Gospel Album for Still Rockin’ My Soul; the Mavericks for Best Americana Album for Mono; and Takács Quartet for Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance for “Shostakovich: Piano Quintet & String Quartet No. 2” with Marc André Hamelin.
Alexander and Highly Suspect have two nominations each: Alexander for Best Improvised Jazz Solo for “Giant Steps” and Best Jazz Instrumental Album for My Favorite Things; Highly Suspect for Best Rock Song for “Lydia” and Best Rock Album for Mister Asylum.
Grammy Awards 2016 Premiere Live
Schneider also has two nominations: Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album for the Maria Schneider Orchestra’s The Thompson Fields and Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals for “Sue (Or In A Season Of Crime).”
Jidenna, La Havas, Reichel and Shankar each have one nomination: Jidenna for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for “Classic Man” with Roman GianArthur; La Havas for Best Urban Contemporary Album for Blood; Reichel for Best Regional Roots Album for Kawaiokalena; and Shankar for Best World Music Album for Home.
“GRAMMY® RED CARPET LIVE,” A NEW ENTERTAINMENT SPECIAL HOSTED BY NANCY O’DELL, KEVIN FRAZIER, AND SHAD MOSS, TO BE BROADCAST FEB. 15th ON CBS
The Special Marks The First Time CBS Will Air A Live Red Carpet Show Prior To The GRAMMY
For the first time, CBS will air a live red carpet show prior to the GRAMMY Awards® broadcast with the new special “GRAMMY® RED CARPET LIVE,” hosted by Nancy O’Dell and Kevin Frazier (“Entertainment Tonight“) and Shad Moss, aka Bow Wow, (“CSI: Cyber”), Monday, Feb. 15, 2016, 7:00-8:00 p.m. ET(check local listings for other time zones) on the CBS Television Network.
Grammys: CBS to Air First Live Red Carpet Show Ahead of Awards
The GRAMMY Awards® action kicks off early when the hosts go behind the scenes at the STAPLES Center to see the coolest fashion trends, get the inside scoop, and talk to music’s biggest stars before they take the stage for Music’s Biggest Night®.
Nancy O’Dell and Kevin Frazier serve as co-hosts of Entertainment Tonight, the number-one syndicated entertainment newsmagazine in the world. Multi-platinum recording artist Shad Moss, aka Bow Wow, stars in “CSI: Cyber,” on the Network, and has been working for nearly 20 years in the film, television, and music industry.
The 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards will be broadcast live from the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, Monday, Feb. 15, 2916, 8:00-11:30 p.m. ET(check local listings for other time zones) on the CBS Television Network. Entertainment icon and two-time GRAMMY Award winner LL COOL J will host Music’s Biggest Night® for the fifth consecutive year.
Previously announced performers include Adele, James Bay, Andra Day, Ellie Goulding, Sam Hunt, Tori Kelly, Kendrick Lamar, Little Big Town, Carrie Underwood, and The Weeknd. In addition, a special tribute to 2016 MusiCares® Person of the Year Lionel Richie will highlight the GRAMMY winner’s wide-ranging career. Additional performers will be announced soon.
“GRAMMY RED CARPET LIVE” is produced by AEG Ehrlich Ventures. Rac Clark is the executive producer and Ron Basile is the producer.
For the latest news and content, follow the GRAMMY conversation on social:
ACADEMY TAKES HISTORIC ACTION TO INCREASE FILM DIVERSITY
Lifetime voting rights reframed; new governor seats added and committees restructured
Goal to double number of diverse members by 2020
In a unanimous vote Thursday night (1/21), the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences approved a sweeping series of substantive changes designed to make the Academy’s membership, its governing bodies, and its voting members significantly more diverse. The Board’s goal is to commit to doubling the number of women and diverse members of the Academy by 2020.
“The Academy is going to lead and not wait for the industry to catch up,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “These new measures regarding governance and voting will have an immediate impact and begin the process of significantly changing our membership composition.”
Beginning later this year, each new member’s voting status will last 10 years, and will be renewed if that new member has been active in motion pictures during that decade. In addition, members will receive lifetime voting rights after three ten-year terms; or if they have won or been nominated for an Academy Award. We will apply these same standards retroactively to current members.
In other words, if a current member has not been active in the last 10 years they can still qualify by meeting the other criteria. Those who do not qualify for active status will be moved to emeritus status. Emeritus members do not pay dues but enjoy all the privileges of membership, except voting. This will not affect voting for this year’s Oscars.
At the same time, the Academy will supplement the traditional process in which current members sponsor new members by launching an ambitious, global campaign to identify and recruit qualified new members who represent greater diversity.
In order to immediately increase diversity on the Board of Governors, the Academy will establish three new governor seats that will be nominated by the President for three-year terms and confirmed by the Board.
The Academy will also take immediate action to increase diversity by adding new members who are not Governors to its executive and board committees where key decisions about membership and governance are made. This will allow new members an opportunity to become more active in Academy decision-making and help the organization identify and nurture future leaders.
Along with Boone Isaacs, the Board’s Membership and Administration Committee, chaired by Academy Governor Phil Robinson, led the efforts to enact these initiatives.
In a unanimous vote Thursday night, the board of governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences approved a dramatic series of changes to alter its membership to increase diversity.
On Friday, the board listed what it called “historic” goals, committing to doubling the number of women and diverse academy members by 2020.
“The academy is going to lead and not wait for the industry to catch up,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs in a statement. “These new measures regarding governance and voting will have an immediate impact and begin the process of significantly changing our membership composition.”
A 2012 report by the Los Angeles Times showed that Oscar voters were made up of 94% Caucasian and 77% male.
The diversity issue has dominated discussion after an all-white slate emerged in the acting categories for the second year in a row at the Academy Award nominations.
The ignominiously-dubbed #AllWhiteOscars has led to outcry as well as director Spike Lee, actress Jada Pinkett Smith and her husband Will Smith to boycott the February 28th Oscars hosted by Chris Rock.
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BET is in tune with what African-American viewers want: high-end drama and comedy, along with more refined reality and hard-hitting investigative documentary series. On Wednesday, April 17, BET announced its upcoming slate of programming for 2018-2019, which will include all-star talent and a dramatic increase in original content. “Creating powerful, engaging and provocative content has […]
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On Sunday, Feb. 11, live from Atlanta’s Tyler Perry Studio, BET introduced the BET Social Awards, a first-of-its-kind celebration of the best (and worst) in social media over the past year. “Black Twitter can make ANYTHING trend” – @cthagod. Yes, indeed!!! #BETSocialAwards pic.twitter.com/8j3czXjcEP — BET Africa (@BET_Africa) February 13, 2018 The night opened with a […]
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