Every year, musicians, artists, and producers come together to be recognized and honored for their work at the Grammy Awards. The Grammy awards began as an effort to recognize the musical talent neglected by shows like the Oscar’s and Emmy’s and has since transformed into the music industry’s most anticipated event.
As we draw closer to the Grammy nominations tomorrow, artists from all different genres patiently await a selection. With over 82 categories for this year’s ceremony, many will receive one. However, of the 82 categories, four reign supreme: album of the year, song of the year, record of the year, and best new artist. A Grammy in these four general categories is considered to be the highest accolade of the ceremony. While most of us hope to see our favorite artist receive the golden gramophone, how much do we really know about the history behind the event?
Come test your knowledge to see if you are red carpet ready!
All of these answers and more can be found in Oxford’s latest edition of The Grove Dictionary of American Music. The dictionary’s eight volumes house 9,000 entries on the history, development, and diversity of American music.
The Grove Dictionary of American Music, Second edition is the largest, most comprehensive reference publication on American Music. Twenty-five years ago, the four volumes of the first edition of the dictionary initiated a great expansion in American music scholarship. This second edition reflects the growth in scholarship the first edition initiated.
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Image credit: Miami, FL, USA – August 16, 2012: Grammy Award isolated on white. © Tomas_Mina via iStockphoto.