By Arty Skye
The official Grammy hotel, the Millennium Biltmore, was a buzz with energy all
The Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl with SkyeLab President Arty Skye at the Grammy's
SkyeLab Recording Artists Devon Marie andKen Christopher with our SkyeLab producer Arty Skye at the 54th Annual Grammy Awards, 2012!
To most individuals, the Grammys are the awards show you see on TV. But to us who work in the industry year in and year out, the Grammys are so much more then the dozen or so awards given out during the live telecast. The pre telecast Grammys are where about 70 of the 78 or so awards are given out. And each and every award is special and valuable to the nominee, and everyone who worked on that record with the artist (also considered a Grammy Nominee/Winner if they worked on the music). This is where the music industry comes together and votes on the outstanding artistic and creative achievement in every facet of our industry. These individuals all need to be acknowledged by their peers, and the Grammy Awards (Pre Telecast) is where it all happens.
But it’s sad that some nominees and winners weren’t present to accept the awards. The Pre Telecast is scheduled from12:30 pm-3:30 pm (LA time) Many of the artists are still getting ready with hair, makeup, interviews, rehearsals for the TV performances, etc. The Televised Grammy’s start at 5 pm and the After Party starts at 8:30 pm and goes all night! For many of us, it’s a 14 hour day. Unfortunately, it’s a logistics problem the Recording Academy is trying to solve.
So yes, everyone knows Adele was the big winner and the Foo Fighters took a bunch home. But Skrillex went from virtually unknown a few years ago to winning 3 Grammys, Tony Bennet and Amy Winehouse won for best duet, and Amy’s dad made a very moving speech at the pre tels. Kanye West won for Best Rap Album, and Corea, Clarke and White for Best Instrumental Jazz album. Producer of the year went to Paul Epworth (yeah, I’m jealous :) and All About Bullies won for Best Childrens Album. And the list goes on.
And while some nominees were not there at the pre tels, I’m happy to say that both the Foo Fighters and Tony Bennet were. Mr. Tony Bennet is an old man with 16 Grammys whowas performing that evening and still had the respect to show up for the pre telecast. Dave Grohl took a moment to say how absolutely important the pre telecast Grammys are to all of us. My hats off to you gentlemen, I wholeheartedly agree!
All in all it was a fabulous week, and though I’ve had 2 nominations in the past, (but no wins) I do plan on winning one day!! The Grammy’s inspire me. I hope that all aspiring singers and songwriters will also take inspiration from it and work harder to be the absolute best they can be. Everyone is an individual and every artist and songwriter has something unique and special to put across! So do it! Hone your craft, work hard, be bold and help contribute to our music community what only YOU can do, and create music that will be heard for generations to come!!!