ACHOF Breaking Grammy Week News Update for March 9, 2021
by Mike Goldstein, AlbumCoverHallofFame.com
SPECIAL UPDATE 3/9/21 – MUSICARES EVENT) Just prior to the airing of the 63rd Grammy Awards show, the Recording Academy’s MusiCares charity is presenting a special fund/awareness-raising event – the “Music On A Mission” virtual concert that’ll be streamed this coming March 12th at 8PM EST (5PM PST) – will help this organization’s efforts to continue to support those in the music community who’ve been most-impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic (musicians, production personnel, venue owners, etc.). The charitable arm of the Recording Academy (AKA “the Grammy folks”) has put together a star-studded special event that will include performances (both new and from their archives) and special guest appearances by top acts such as Jhené Aiko, HAIM, H.E.R., John Legend Stevie Nicks & Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen and Usher, with 100% of the proceeds from ticket sales benefitting MusiCares’ work supporting those in the music community hardest hit by the pandemic.
Tickets are $25 each, with a special package also available ($200) that includes a pair of Master & Dynamic’s MW07 PLUS True Wireless Noise-Cancelling Earphones. Join in on the fun at https://support.musicares.org/
SPECIAL GRAMMY MUSEUM AUCTION) In a two-week-long auction in support of the GRAMMY Museum Foundation that began online March 8th (and runs through approx.. 4:00PM EST March 23rd), fans will find a very nice selection of unique music memorabilia (most of it signed), including instruments, clothing, posters, photographs, vinyl records, once-in-a-lifetime chances to meet (via Zoom and/or in-person) some of your favorite industry celebs and, of course, some album art-related items, with proceeds donated in support of the Foundation’s programs (The GRAMMY Museum is a nonprofit educational organization “dedicated to a greater understanding of the history and significance of music”).
A great example of what you’ll be able to bid on can be found at https://www.charitybuzz.com/catalog_items/auction-steep-canyon-rangers-first-edition-vinyl-2179006 , where the winning bidder will take home both a first-edition vinyl LP of the Grammy-nominated North Carolina Songbook by North Carolina-based bluegrass band Steep Canyon Rangers (perhaps best-known for their ongoing collaborations with actor/writer/banjo player Steve Martin) along with the original album artwork sketch by Yep Roc Records graphic designer Nathan Golub. The package has been appraised at $1,000, but bidding starts at just $250.00 (if you’d like to watch a short video of Mr. Golub talking about his work on the cover image for this record, click on over to https://www.facebook.com/SteepCanyonRangers/videos/nathan-golub-creating-steep-canyon-rangers-cover-art-for-nc-songbook/245943270144369/ ).
Best of luck to all bidders!
WATCH THE PREMIERE CEREMONY ONLINE) Lastly, while you can always rely on me to share the news of who won the top award in each of the three packaging-related categories, if you’re the impatient type and have to know immediately, you can join me in real time as we watch the GRAMMY Awards Premiere Ceremony®, will take place on Sunday, March 14, at 12:00 p.m. PT, and will be streamed live internationally via GRAMMY.com. Preceding the 63rd Annual GRAMMY Awards® telecast, the Premiere Ceremony will be hosted by current three-time nominee Jhené Aiko and feature a number of performances by current GRAMMY nominees.
This year, music fans will be given unprecedented digital access to GRAMMY Awards content with GRAMMY Live, which will stream internationally on GRAMMY.com and via Facebook Live, the exclusive streaming partner of GRAMMY Live. The 63rd Annual GRAMMY Awards will be broadcast live following the Premiere Ceremony on CBS and Paramount+ from 8:00 – 11:30 p.m. ET/5:00 – 8:30 p.m. PT. For GRAMMY coverage, updates and breaking news, please visit the Recording Academy’s social networks on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
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