One of the proudest moments of my life was when Holly Hunter’s name was called at the Oscars ceremony. Although I was invited to the Oscar PARTY for THE PIANO, I was not at the ceremony. After attending my 6th Grammy Award Show yesterday- I must say that if you’re lucky enough to get that ticket to the show, especially the one that has a red carpet sticker on it- you end up feeling like you’re one of the chosen people. I had a fantastic time and I have my dear friend Manda to thank for that. I spent a good deal of the evening with her and her band, Calico.
The Grammy ‘s are so much fun and that’s the REAL reason to go... Everybody is all dressed up, you’re seeing friends that you hardly see while celebrating music, excellence, and success…. What’s not to love?? And then there is the party which is completely spectacular in every way.
I have always appreciated that the Grammy’s goes to great lengths to put together memorable performances by pairing up artists in performances that you would only see on the Grammy stage like Prince and Beyonce in 2008 or Alicia Keys, Quincy Jones, and Jamie Foxx in 2006. Twenty-Sixteen was no different but I was particularly blown away by Neil Portnow’s and Common’s speech regarding the value of music and creating jobs for future musicians. There were amazing performances this year too but my favorites were: Stevie Wonder’s tribute to Maurice White, the tribute to Lionel Richie, Kendrick Lamar , Tori Kelly, Joey Alexander and the broadcast from New York of “Hamilton”.
On the televised version only a small number of awards are given between these fabulous performances. This year it was only eight.
Unbeknownst to non-Grammy members- the Grammy’s started at 1PM for me. That show is called the Pre-Tel at which 75 awards were given out including, Best New Age, Jazz Instrumental, Blues, World, and Classical. At this event the speeches are heartfelt and it feels much more organic not to mention that a zillion people show up in the lobby and just hang out. This is one of my favorite parts of the day.
This year a friend, Paul Avgerinos won Best New-Age and last year good friends and colleagues Ricky Kej and Wouter Kellerman won Best New-Age. Not only did Ricky and Wouter win the Grammy last year but they built a community of people who support each other in a way I have not seen for a while. Ricky and Wouter, Paul and a few others in the community hosted their own parties over the weekend which were so much fun. One could feel how much people liked each other, wanted to hang out together and celebrate coming together from all over the world.
Running into old friends and making new friends can be so inspiring. People work so hard. Talking to everyone about what they’re doing makes you want to step up your game no matter who you are or what you’re doing. Game on !!