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Grammy Svp Bill Freimuth Explains New Rule Changes for Songwriters, Hip-Hop and Online Voting

14 June 2017 6:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Every year the Recording Academy fine-tunes its rules and regulations and establishes a series of new amendments to the Grammy process, and the organization announces this year’s changes Wednesday (June 14) morning. All changes go into effect immediately, including the transition to online voting for all of the Academy’s more than 13,000 voting members, as well as changes to the Album of the Year category, album definitions, and Music For Visual Media Field. Academy Svp of Awards Bill Freimuth got on the phone with Variety on Tuesday to further explain some of the changes and the impetus and reasoning behind them. The Academy’s official wording on the changes appears below, and is followed by Freimuth’s comments.

The 60th annual Grammy Awards will be held at New York’s Madison Square Garden on Jan. 28, 2018.

Grammy Awards Voting Will Now Be Online

For the first time, voting members will cast their Grammy Awards votes online rather than »

- Jem Aswad

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Lionel Richie Receives Honorary Doctor of Music Degree from Berklee College of Music

15 May 2017 8:51 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

He already has five Grammys, an Oscar, a Golden Globe and 16 American Music Awards — and now Lionel Richie has an honorary doctorate degree!

The legendary music icon was honored at Boston’s Agganis Arena on Saturday alongside Lucinda Williams, Todd Rundgren, Shin Joong Hyun, and Neil Portnow, president and CEO of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.

“For his contributions to contemporary culture, his humanitarian efforts, and the joy his music brings to so many, it is my pleasure to present Berklee’s honorary doctorate of music to Lionel Richie,” Berklee President Roger H. Brown said in his »

- Karen Mizoguchi

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The Grammys Will Be Returning to New York City in 2018

9 May 2017 9:03 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

The biggest names in music will be collecting their 2018 Grammy Awards under the eye of Lady Liberty, as the Recording Academy is set to hold its annual ceremony — its 60th overall — Jan. 28 at Manhattan’s Madison Square Garden.

Several entertainment icons helped announce the news in a New York-set video short published online Tuesday. The clip sees various artists — from Spike Lee and Cyndi Lauper to Tony Bennett, Joan Jett, and Nile Rodgers — posted at different locations throughout the city, proclaiming its greatness as a space for diverse musical stylings.

“New York is a material world perfect for a material girl, »

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Grammy Boss Addresses Racism Claims After Beyonce Snubs: 'I Don't Think There is a Race Problem at All'

15 February 2017 6:40 PM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Race wasn't a factor in Beyoncé's Album of the Year loss to Adele at this year's GRAMMYs -- at least according to Recording Academy President Neil Portnow.

Though public outcry followed Beyoncé's loss (the singer was the most nominated artist this year with nine nods, but only came out with two wins), Portnow told Pitchfork that the GRAMMYs doesn't have a "race problem," and doesn't need to take steps to usher in more diverse winners in the future.

Watch: Beyonce Cries After Emotional Adele Dedicates Her Album of the Year Grammy to 'Lemonade'

"No, I don't think there's a race problem at all," he said. "Remember, this is a peer-voted award. So when we say the GRAMMYs, it's not a corporate entity. It's the 14,000 members of the Academy."

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The 14,000 members of the Academy may have voted for Adele's win on Sunday, but critics were quick to point out that Album of the Year has been »

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Grammys Boss Says ‘I Don’t Think There’s a Race Problem at All’ After Beyonce Snub

15 February 2017 1:42 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Despite public outcry from stars including Frank Ocean, Solange Knowles and even album of the year winner Adele, Recording Academy President Neil Portnow insists that the Grammy Awards does not have a race problem — and does not need to take steps to ensure a more diverse group of winners in the future.

“No, I don’t think there’s a race problem at all,” Portnow told Pitchfork this week following the live Grammys broadcast he oversaw Sunday night. “Remember, this is a peer-voted award. So when we say the Grammys, it’s not a corporate entity — it’s the 14,000 members of the Academy. »

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Do the Grammys Have a Race Problem? Recording Academy President Responds

15 February 2017 10:13 AM, PST | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Nope, #GrammysSoWhite is not a thing, according to Neil Portnow, president of the Recording Academy, which votes on the winners of the Grammy Awards. Many people took to social media after the 2017 Grammys Sunday to accuse the group of racism after Adele beat Beyoncé to win the top awards, including Album of the Year. The latter star's sister Solange also voiced her criticism. Herbie Hancock is the most recent black artist to win the honor and had received it in 2008. When asked if the thinks the Grammys show has a race problem, Portnow told Pitchfork in comments posted Tuesday, "No, I don't think there's a race problem at »

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Grammys President Says No Technical Problems with Adele’s Performance, but ‘She Did the Right Thing’ by Restarting

13 February 2017 10:55 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Adele received a wave of support from fans and celebrities alike after re-starting her tribute to late music icon George Michael during the Grammys on Sunday, and the president of the awards show is also applauding her decision.

Neil Portnow told reporters that although he wasn’t sure why the British songstress halted her performance and asked to start over, but he suspects she wanted the tribute to be impeccable.

“What I think was magnificent was is it shows the humanity of live television, but it also shows professionals—you heard her say she’s a perfectionist—so she’s »

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2017 Grammy Awards: The Best, Worst and Weirdest Moments

12 February 2017 10:17 PM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

James Corden hosted the 2017 Grammy Awards on Sunday, in an evening filled with some touching tributes, some unusual acceptance speeches and a whole lot of Blue Ivy!

From Beyonce's unbelievable and hypnotic performance to Adele's non-stop run of emotional wins to Lady Gaga crowd surfing for some reason, here's a look at the best, worst and downright weirdest moments from music's biggest night.

Watch: James Corden Opens GRAMMYs 2017 by Tripping Down the Stairs, Dissing Donald Trump in Epic Rap

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Adele Opens the Show (With Her Ring)

After her previous glitchy performance at the GRAMMYs, Adele returned to the stage to open this year's show and her flawless delivery of "Hello" had people in tears. However, many watching at home were just as obsessed with the sparkling band on her ring finger, adding fuel to the rumors that she secretly got engaged to -- or even married -- her boyfriend, Simon Konecki »

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Prince's Albums, Including 'Purple Rain' and '1999,' Are Again Available on Streaming Services

12 February 2017 3:56 PM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Twenty seven of Prince's albums and compilation albums are returning to streaming services such as Spotify, Apple Music, Pandora, iHeartRadio Plus and iHeartRadio All Access.

In 2015, Prince, who was famously protective of his work, pulled all of his music from every major streaming service except Tidal. On Sunday, Warner Bros. Records announced that the late icon's entire Wbr catalog would come back to major streaming services by the time the Grammy Awards begin at 8 p.m. Et/ 5 p.m. Pt.

Read: 2017 Grammy Awards to Pay Tribute to Prince and George Michael

"Prince recorded his most influential and popular music during his time with Warner Bros. and we are deeply aware of our responsibility to safeguard and nurture his incredible legacy," Warner Bros. Records chairman and CEO Cameron Strang said in a statement. "Warner Bros. is thrilled to be able to bring Prince's music to his millions of fans around the world via streaming services, fittingly »

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Why Won’t Kanye West Be at the 2017 Grammys? Kris Jenner Reveals All

12 February 2017 3:14 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Don’t call it a boycott – Kanye West is simply hard at work.

Kris Jenner explained why her son-in-law wouldn’t be in attendance at the 2017 Grammy Awards while co-hosting the E! News pre-show on Sunday night.

“The truth is he’s got a big fashion show in New York because it’s New York Fashion Week,” Jenner, 61, said, noting, “And my entire family is back there… Some of the kids are on their way tomorrow.”

She added, “He’s got a lot of work to do. We wish he could be here!”

Check out People’s full 2017 Grammys coverage. »

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Jennifer Lopez, Celine Dion, Paris Jackson and More to Present at the GRAMMYs!

10 February 2017 9:42 AM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

The 59th Annual Grammy Awards are right around the corner!

The Recording Academy released this year’s full list of presenters on Friday, which include fan favorites Celine Dion, Jennifer Lopez, Nick Jonas, Dnce, Taraji P. Henson and Kelly Clarkson.

Exclusive: Beyonce to Perform at 2017 Grammy Awards

Paris Jackson, Camila Cabello and Jason Derulo will also be on hand to present, along with The Chainsmokers, Halsey, Pentatonix, Thomas Rhett, John Travolta and Ryan Seacrest.

Et exclusively confirmed on Thursday that Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Solange Knowles, Gina Rodriguez, Katharine McPhee and Laverne Cox are some of the night's presenters.

The awards show, hosted by James Corden, will also feature two tribute segments to Prince and George Michael, who died in April and December of the past year, respectively.

"The passings of two such creative innovators were a huge loss for the creative community," said Neil Portnow, president/CEO of the Recording Academy. "[We're] humbled to pay »

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GRAMMYs 2017 Cheat Sheet: Everything You Need to Know Ahead of Music's Biggest Night!

10 February 2017 8:39 AM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

The 59th Annual Grammy Awards are officially here!

Ahead of music's biggest night, we've rounded up everything you need to know -- from where to watch to who's performing to moments you definitely don't want to miss -- before the awards show on Feb. 12.

Watch: 2017 GRAMMYs: 6 Biggest Snubs and Surprises

Et's Red Carpet Coverage: You can catch all of Et's live coverage right here on ETonline.com, on Twitter (@etnow) and Instagram (@entertainmenttonight). For all the pre-show excitement, tune in to CBS' Grammy Red Carpet Live with Et's Nancy O'Dell and Kevin Frazier starting at 7:30 p.m. Et/4:30 p.m. Pt.

Et's Cameron Mathison and Sophie Schillaci, joined by Denny Directo, will also be reporting live from the red carpet, which you can watch on our official Facebook page at 6:30 p.m. Et/3:30 p.m. Pt ahead of our full post-show coverage airing Monday on Entertainment Tonight.

In-the-Moment GIFs: Et »

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Grammy Awards Producer Welcomes Political Passion in Acceptance Speeches

9 February 2017 5:55 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

In a fraught moment of political protest across the country, the live mic at televised award shows has become a potent weapon.

As such, Grammy Awards producer Ken Ehrlich has a message for those who will take the stage on Sunday’s ceremony: Bring it on.

Ehrlich has no reservations about political messages or anti-President Trump statements flying during CBS’ three and a half hour Grammycast. Artists expressing passionate opinions about real-life issues are the stuff of memorable moments, he said.

“One of the tenets of our show is artistic freedom, and over the years we’ve shown we do believe in it,” Ehrlich told Variety. “How many more times do we need to hear ‘I’d like to thank my publicist, my agent, my wife and kids.’ The great acceptance speeches are ones that have a point of view and are more personal.”

The only guidelines on speech that Ehrlich has to keep an eye (and »

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Exclusive: Solange Knowles, Faith Hill and Tim McGraw to Present at 2017 GRAMMYs

9 February 2017 4:30 PM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

The 59th Annual Grammy Awards are upon us!

While we're psyched to see artists like Lady Gaga, Metallica, Katy Perry and Beyoncé hit the stage at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, we're just as excited about the A-listers who will be announcing their performances, as well as the night's winners.

Watch: 2017 Grammy Awards: Beyonce, Adele, Justin Bieber and More Land Nominations

Et can exclusively confirm that Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Solange Knowles, Gina Rodriguez, Katharine McPhee and Laverne Cox are some of the night's presenters. The Recording Academy has yet to release the full list.

The awards show, hosted by James Corden, will also feature two "unforgettable" tribute segments to Prince and George Michael, who died in April and December of the past year, respectively.

"The passings of two such creative innovators were a huge loss for the creative community," said Neil Portnow, president/CEO of the Recording Academy. "[We're] humbled to pay »

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Inside the Grammys Boycott: Why Stars Including Frank Ocean, Kanye West and Justin Bieber Could Skip Music’s Biggest Night

9 February 2017 1:18 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

The Grammy Awards might be missing some of the biggest names in music on Sunday, as stars who are taking issue with the Recording Academy are vowing to boycott the big show.

Although the controversy is smaller in scale to the #OscarsSoWhite firestorm last year, some artists are opting out of the Grammy Awards — or remaining circumspect about their possible attendance — for several reasons.

From concerns about racial inequality to questions about the continued relevance of the awards show that has been held annually since 1959, here are five things to know about this year’s Grammys controversy:

Frank Ocean Declined »

- Kathy Ehrich Dowd

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2017 Grammy Awards to Pay Tribute to Prince and George Michael

8 February 2017 7:00 PM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

The music industry will pay homage to two of its biggest icons at the Grammy Awards on Sunday.

Prince and George Michael, who both died last year, will each receive tribute segments during the awards show, the Recording Academy announced on Wednesday.

Watch: Beyonce to Perform at 2017 Grammy Awards After Announcing She's Pregnant With Twins

"George Michael and Prince were pop icons who showcased rare musical genius and otherworldly charisma," Academy CEO Neil Portnow said in a statement. "While each possessed a distinct style and sound, they were both adored by audiences worldwide. The passings of two such creative innovators were a huge loss for the creative community; The Recording Academy is humbled to pay homage to their tremendous legacies on the Grammy stage."

Prince earned seven Grammy awards over the span of his prolific career, while Michael was bestowed with the distinction twice.

Read: Lady Gaga Performing With Metallica at GRAMMYs, Just One Week »

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