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About The

About The Grammys

Grammy History

The 1950's brought the world the Hula Hoop, the Cold War, The Catcher in the Rye, and by 1958, the first annual Grammy Awards. In honor of the year's most talented artists, the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences held the first annual Gramophone Awards in 1959, a black tie affair celebrating the musical achievements of the year. Named after the popular shape of the device used to listen to music during the early 1900s, the first Grammy ceremony recognized records from 1958 with Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Johnny Mercer, and several other elite musicians in attendance.

The event was held on May 4, 1959 inside the Grand Ballroom of the Beverly Hilton while other Academy members gathered on the East Coast in New York City at the same time. Billboard Magazine declared the evening a success, outdoing established award ceremonies like the Oscars and the Emmys thanks to "its precision-like pace in the handling the presentations."

The First (1959 Grammys here) were given to the best songs, albums and artists of 1958, and that tradition continues through today. The 2012 Grammys went to the 2011 winners. The 2013 Grammys go to the 2012 winners, and so on...

Only 28 categories were presented the first Grammy night, the smallest amount in history, with the very first Record of the Year and Song of the Year awards handed out to foreign songwriter, Domenico Modugno, for his song "Nel Blu Dipinto Blu (Volare)." Although Sinatra, who led the competition with six nominations, did not take home the big prizes, he did received Grammys for singing on his Lonely Heart Album, for which he also won an award for as art director. The following decades brought continued success as music's biggest night got even bigger.

The 1970's brought the first live televised broadcast of the Grammy Awards, with the 5th Dimension and Crosby, Stills & Nash taking home big prizes. The eighties proved that video didn't kill the radio star and Grammy broadcasts became increasingly ambitious, marked by big winners like Michael Jackson. Grunge and alternative rock earned more recognition in during the last decade of the 20th century and the 2000s have seen music's hottest stars come together to support those in need during tragic times. Since its very first broadcast, the Grammys have continued to evolve along with the music scene, honoring the people who we sing-along with on the radio.

The award was almost called the "Eddie" after Thomas Edison, but they decided to name it after Edison's invention, the Gramophone, the earliest record player.

Notable Record Holders

Irish rockers U2 are nothing less than Grammy royalty, holding the record for most Grammy Awards won by a group (22) and most Grammys won in a single night(5). Producer Quincy Jones has been nominated his work 79 times and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra has been honored with 60 Grammy Awards. LeAnn Rimes and Luis Miguel are two of the youngest Grammy winners, who received their own shiny gramophone at the age of 14. Michael Jackson and Santana are tied for winning the most Grammys in one night(8) and both Beyonce and Adele share the record for most wins for a female artist in one night(6).

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