Grammys: Landmarks of the music industry awards

Tonight is the 62nd Grammy Awards ceremony, presented by the Recording Academy at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, and broadcast live on CBS beginning at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.

The very first Grammy gathering was held in May 1959. At that ceremony, the first-ever Song of the Year winner was “Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu” by Domenico Modugno – better known as “Volare”:

Domenico Modugno – Volare ( Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu ) ( 1958 ) by GoldenOldiesOn45RPM on YouTube

The first Album of the Year winner was “The Music From ‘Peter Gunn'” by Henry Mancini:

Henry Mancini ‎– The Music From Peter Gunn 1959 (full album) by Elshay Yehezkel on YouTube

The Best Comedy Performance that first year was “The Chipmunk Song” by David Seville and the Chipmunks:

The Chipmunks & David Seville – The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don’t Be Late) by starsandspit on YouTube

The all-time BIGGEST Grammy winner? Late classical conductor Sir Georg Solti, with 31 Grammys, followed by artist-producer-arranger Quincy Jones, who has 28 Grammy statuettes.

Listen: Sir Georg Solti conduct the second movement of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony (winner of Best Orchestral Recording, 1987):

Beethoven: Symphony No.9 in D Minor, Op.125 – “Choral” – 2. Molto vivace by Chicago Symphony Orchestra – Topic on YouTube

Listen; Quincy Jones’ recording of “Birdland” (winner of Best Jazz Fusion Performance and Best Arrangement on an Instrumental in 1990):

Birdland by Quincy Jones – Topic on YouTube

It’s a safe guess that, given the current turmoil at the Recording Academy, there are likely to be changes to respond to, among other things, the debate over the Grammys’ selection process.

But everyone agrees on this: The official weight of a Grammy statuette is six pounds.

       
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Story produced by Charis Satchell. 

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