The Recording Academy News 2008 Year-End Roundup

April 13, 2009 -- 10:46 am PDT

Academy, Starbucks Release Discs — Two CDs packages will celebrate 50 years of the GRAMMYs (1/2/08)

My GRAMMY Moment 2008 Launches — Unsigned performers vie for chance to play with Foo Fighters (1/3/08)

Berry Gordy Named Industry Icon — Motown founder recognized as leading industry visionary by Recording Academy (1/10/08)

GRAMMY Week Celebrates Classical, Jazz Music — Events to honor classical pianists Lang Lang and Earl Wild and jazz musicians Sonny Rollins and McCoy Tyner (1/14/08)

Academy Statement On WGA Agreement Request — President/CEO Neil Portnow comments on WGA strike impact on 50th GRAMMY Awards (1/16/08)

Academy, Delta, CBS To Rock Skies — In-flight concert by John Legend to take place aboard GRAMMY-branded aircraft (1/17/08)

First GRAMMY Performers Announced — Beyoncé, the Foo Fighters, Carrie Underwood, Aretha Franklin, Mary J. Blige, and Rihanna set to perform on the 50th GRAMMY telecast (1/24/08)

"My GRAMMY Moment 2008" Unveils Quarter-Finalists — YouTube online voting begins as 45 musicians vie to perform at 50th GRAMMYs with Foo Fighters (1/25/08)

2008 GRAMMY Nominees CD Released — Collection features hits from 50th GRAMMY Awards nominated artists (1/29/08)

My GRAMMY Moment 2008" Semi-Finalists Announced — Fifteen musicians chosen to perform at 50th GRAMMYs with Foo Fighters (1/30/08)

GRAMMYs Salute Fashion — Academy, In Style launch Salute To Fashion event featuring collections from recording artists-turned-designers (1/31/08)

My GRAMMY Moment 2008" Final Three Announced — Finalists Ann Marie Calhoun, Brian Fitzgerald and Tara Klein vie for featured perfomer spot with Foo Fighters at 50th GRAMMYs (2/4/08)

2008 GRAMMY Celebration Performers Announced — Natasha Bedingfield, Cyndi Lauper, DJ Chris Cox, and Fourplay to perform at exclusive event (2/4/08)

More Performers Announced — Fergie, John Legend, Andrea Bocelli, Josh Groban, John Fogerty, Jerry Lee Lewis, Herbie Hancock, Lang Lang to perform on 50th GRAMMY telecast (2/5/08)

GRAMMYs Honor Classical Genre — Youth and experience intersect in tribute to pianists Lang Lang and Earl Wild (2/6/08)

GRAMMY Salute To Jazz Links Generations — Veteran musicians honored at Academy event celebrating the legacy and future of jazz (2/6/08)

Additional Performers Announced — Tina Turner, Beyoncé, Eldar, Kid Rock, Dave Koz, Keely Smith added to 50th GRAMMY lineup (2/7/08)

Leading Nominees Added To GRAMMY Lineup — Kanye West, Amy Winehouse, John Mayer and BeBe Winans set to perform on Music's Biggest Night (2/8/08)

GRAMMYs Fashionably On Time — Inaugural Salute To Fashion shows convergence of music and style (2/9/08)

Neil Portnow's 50th GRAMMYs Telecast Remarks — The President/CEO of The Recording Academy celebrates the GRAMMY's past and future (2/10/08)

Hancock, West, Winehouse Win Big — Music's Biggest Night celebrates its 50th anniversary in golden style (2/10/08)

Academy Honors Industry Legends — Special Merit Awards celebrate artists and industry leaders' contribution to music's history (2/10/08)

Fans Name Ann Marie Calhoun "MGM 2008" Winner — Gordonsville, Va., violinist chosen to perform with Foo Fighters on 50th GRAMMY Awards (2/10/08)

GRAMMY Show Goes Green — Academy partners with NRDC, LADWP, Staples Center to reduce impact on environment (2/12/08)

Freimuth Promoted To VP, Awards — Four-year Academy veteran will oversee the Awards Department and manage the GRAMMY Awards process (3/27/08)

Academy Announces Concert Tour — Presented by T-Mobile Sidekick, five-city concert tour to feature lineup of GRAMMY-winning and -nominated artists (4/3/08)

Academy To Salute Gospel Music — Edwin and Walter Hawkins, Sandi Patty and the Winans to be honored at June 18 event in Washington, D.C. (4/15/08)

51st GRAMMY Awards Announced — Telecast to take place at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Feb. 8, 2009 (5/21/08)

Santelli Named GRAMMY Museum Executive Director — Experienced executive to head facility devoted to celebrating the cultural history of music (6/5/08)

GRAMMY Museum Set To Open In December — Launch of interactive 32,000-square foot facility to culminate GRAMMY Awards' 50th Celebration (6/5/08)

"Gospel Music Heritage Month" Launched — The Academy teams with the Gospel Music Channel and Capitol Hill to honor gospel music's cultural significance (6/18/08)

Frisby Byers To Lead Philly — Experienced entertainment executive named Philadelphia Chapter Executive Director (7/2/08)

50th GRAMMYs Earn Emmy Noms — Milestone telecast receives five Emmy nominations in recognition of production excellence (7/18/08)

Academy Events To Rock Conventions — Daughtry, Everclear, Flobots among artists to join Academy at nominating conventions (8/14/08)

GRAMMY U Goes Back To School — Program celebrates member success stories, new membership discount and nationwide kickoff events (9/16/08)

Dehgan Promoted In Academy PR Role — Experienced industry verteran recognized for her leadership of Communications department (9/17/08)

GRAMMY SoundTable @ AES '08 — On Oct. 5 the Producers & Engineers Wing hosted the 20th annual GRAMMY SoundTable on Oct. 5 at the 125th annual Audio Engineering Society (AES) Convention (10/5/08)

Lang Lang Named GRAMMY Ambassador — Appointment to take place at New York concert celebrating launch of pianist's new foundation (10/7/08)

Engdahl Named VP, IT — Experienced executive joins Academy's senior management team (10/10/08)

Academy Announces Live Nominations TV Special — "The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live!! — Countdown To Music's Biggest Night" to air Dec. 3 and feature nominee announcements and live performances (10/16/08)

Special New York Concert Event Featuring Lang Lang — On Oct. 20 The Recording Academy commemorated the appointment of Chinese pianist Lang Lang as its GRAMMY Cultural Ambassador to China with a special event featuring a musical performance from the 26-year-old virtuoso (10/20/08)

Neil Diamond Named 2009 MusiCares Person Of The Year — GRAMMY-winning artist honored by MusiCares for career achievements and philanthropic work (10/21/08)

Performers Announced For GRAMMY Nominations TV Special — Celine Dion, Foo Fighters and B.B. King among those to perform at "The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live!!" (10/22/08)

More Nominee TV Special Details Announced — Mariah Carey to perform, LL Cool J and Taylor Swift to co-host "The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live!!" (11/17/08)

Aguilera Added To Nominations Special Lineup — One-hour TV special to feature musical performances and 51st GRAMMY nomination announcements (11/20/08)

Anton Named VP, Digital Media — Experienced digital media executive joins Recording Academy (11/24/08)

Mayer To Perform Post-Special Concert — Exclusive concert to follow one-hour "The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live!!" TV special (11/25/08)

GRAMMY Hall Of Fame Announced — 2009 inductees include recordings by Leonard Bernstein, Helen Kane, the Police and Queen (12/1/08)

Phil Hansen Named Official Artist — Multimedia artist created official 51st GRAMMY Awards artwork and accompanying performance video (12/2/08)

GRAMMY Museum To Open Dec. 6 — "21st century" music museum to open with slate of grand opening activities (12/2/08)

Lil Wayne Tops 51st GRAMMY Nominations — Rapper earns eight nods; Coldplay get seven; Jay-Z, Ne-Yo and Kanye West earn six each (12/3/08)

GRAMMY Week To Celebrate Classical, Jazz Music — Events to honor Sir Neville Marriner and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and Blue Note Records (12/17/08)

Academy Announces Special Merit Award Recipients — Recipients of the 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award, Trustees Award and Technical GRAMMY Award were announced today by The Recording Academy (12/22/08)

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