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All set for the Grammy Awards 2023! This February 5 will be held the 65th Annual Grammy Awards, the great night of music that will reward the stars who gave us the best hits of the last year. On this occasion, the awards will be broadcast live from the Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles, California, where for the third consecutive time the person in charge of presenting the ceremony will be the comedian Trevor Noah.
Regardless of who they are nominees This year, there are several curiosities around the history of these awards that are worth remembering. For example, the reason why the statuette that is given as an award has the shape of a gramophone And also, where did these awards come from and why are they still valid to this day?
If you want to know everything about these awards, keep reading, because here we will tell you the story of the grammy figurine and other curiosities of this historic event.
Grammy Awards history: when were they created and why are they called that?
The Grammy Awards were created by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) of the United States, an association that sought to recognize the most outstanding artists in the music industry in the 1950s.
The idea of creating awards that recognize the best of music arose from the project of the Hollywood walk of fame. And it is that while the recording executives worked on compiling a list of important people in the recording industry, they realized that there were many candidates who could not possibly win a star in hollywood boulevarddespite his talent. It was then that they decided to rectify they decided and created an award granted by their industry similar to the oscar and the Emmy.
The first delivery of this statuette dates back to the year of1959, when the awards ceremony was held in two locations simultaneously: at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, and the Park Sheraton Hotel in New York. Originally this award was called Gramophone Award.
The first time the gala was held, they delivered 28 awards. Among the winners, music legends such as Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra and Kingston Trio.
Why is the Grammy a gramophone?
Each year, Grammy winners receive a statuette in form of gold plated gramophone. It tells the story of these awards, that its creators wanted to pay tribute to this invention due to its revolutionary impact on music. Let us remember that the gramophone was the first sound recording and reproduction system which used a flat disc, unlike the phonograph which recorded on a cylinder.
Likewise, it was the most common device for reproducing recorded sound from the 1890s until the mid-1950s, when the 33 RPM vinyl record appeared. The gramophone was patented in 1887 by Emile Berliner, a German-American inventor of Jewish origin who was also the inventor of the telephone transmitter and vinyl records. Likewise, he is considered the forerunner of the microphone.
Who makes the Grammys and how much does the statuette weigh?
The Grammy Awards statuette consists of a small replica of a gramophone originating from a man: john billingsalso know as ‘The Grammy Man’who is in charge of making them by hand at his location in Ridgway, Colorado.
In interview with The Denver PostBillings explained that the statuettes are made of a zinc alloy which he himself called ‘grammium’, and then they have a gold plating. According to the Recording Academy, each gramophone weighs 5 pounds and 4 oz and stands 9 inches tall.
It would be difficult to know exactly what the monetary value of a Grammy trophy is, since ‘Grammium’ is a unique alloy and does not contain precious metals. However, based on the cost of materials and labor hours spent on each statuette, the cost per award is estimated to be $15 dollarsplus additional manufacturing costs.
However, once the recording academy hand over the gramophone loses its valuesince the artists are prohibited from selling their trophy
Other curiosities of the Grammy Awards
- Currently the prizes add 105 categories in 30 genres of music, which are awarded by voting and not by popularity rating. Its delivery is usually made in the month of February and are considered the Oscars of music.
- Since 2000 and due to the increasing production of music in Latin America and between the US Hispanic populationthe awards ceremony takes place Latin Grammyswhich are currently divided into 50 categories and are delivered in September.
- He rock was first recognized as musical genre during the ceremony of 1980while the academy did the same with the rap in the presentation of 1989. The first prize for best music video was delivered in the year 1982.
- The most awarded musician of all time is the classical conductor Georg Solti.
- The women with the most Grammys are alison krauss with 27 awards, Beyonce with 20 and Aretha Franklin with 18.
- michael jackson won the most Grammy Awards in one night like that, a record it shares with Carlos Santana.
- The top winner in the history of the Latin Grammys is Resident (Rene Perez Joglar). The Puerto Rican vocalist of 13TH Street holds the absolute record in gramophones with a total of 28 Latin Grammy Awards24 with his band and 3 awards as Resident.
Here you can see the nominations for the 2023 Grammy Awards