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The 2020 Grammy Awards are scheduled for January 26, and Tidbits is gathering the facts on this event honoring achievements in the music industry.
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• The first Awards ceremony was held in 1959, recognizing performers from 1958 in 28 different categories. The big winners that year with three awards apiece were Ella Fitzgerald and Ross Bagdasarian. Bagdasarian, also known as David Seville, was the creator of Alvin & The Chipmunks, who captured those awards for “Christmas, Don’t Be Late.” Other winners included Frank Sinatra, Perry Como, Peggy Lee, and Count Basie. • The second Awards ceremony was the first to be presented on television, although not as a live program. In fact, the Grammys were not aired live until 1971. Bobby Darin was the Best New Artist of 1959 at the second ceremony, as well as winning Record of the Year with “Mack the Knife.” Frank Sinatra took Album of the Year. Ray Charles was the big winner the following year, collecting four awards. ...continued
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• Every year, the Recording Academy receives more than 20,000 entries to be considered for a Grammy. If a recording meets all of the eligibility requirements, it is then voted on by the Academy’s voting members, with those votes resulting in the nominations. Voting members must not be swayed by the entry’s success on the charts, sales, or personal friendships. Voters are those who have been credited on at least six commercially-released tracks, and include vocalists, conductors, songwriters, composers, producers, arrangers, and others involved in a release. Media companies are not allowed to vote. • From the initial 28 awards, the total has grown to 30 fields with 84 categories within those fields. To be eligible for this year’s awards, the recording must be released anytime from October 1, 2018 to August 31, 2019. • The Grammy’s definition of Best New Artist is a performer whose first recording establishes his/ her public identity. There is also the honor of “The Big Four,” when an artist wins Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best New Artist. Only one performer in Grammy history has captured the Big Four in a single year, Christopher Cross, who accomplished the feat in 1981. The singer Adele has also won the Big Four, although not in same year. • There’s a difference between Record of the Year and Song of the Year. Record of the Year recognizes the artist, the producer, recording engineers, and sound mixers, while Song of the Year honors the songwriter. • You’ve probably never heard of the Grammy record-holder with the most awards. Nominated 74 times, Sir Georg Solti, who was conductor of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for 22 years, won 31 Grammys, more than any other recording artist in any category. Jazz legend Quincy Jones has had more nominations than any other artist, with ...continued 80, winning 28 of those awards.
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• The honor of the most Grammys by a female artist belongs to bluegrass singer and fiddler Alison Krauss, who has captured 27 awards from her 42 nominations. Her first award was in 1990 for the Best Bluegrass Recording for “I’ve Got That Old Feeling,” but perhaps her best-known achievement was her music for the 2000 film O Brother, Where Art Thou?,” which earned the Album of the Year. • In 1984, Michael Jackson set a record for the most wins in a single night, with eight trophies, knocking out the previous record-holder, Paul Simon, who had seven wins in 1971. The group Santana tied Jackson’s record in 2000. Only eight artists have won six or more Grammys in one night, including Adele, Eric Clapton, and Beyonce. • Stevland Hardaway Judkins, better known as Stevie Wonder, won 14 Grammy Awards between 1974 and 1977. His total to date is 25 wins from 74 nominations. Wonder is one of just three artists in Grammy history to have won Album of the Year three times. The other two are Paul Simon and Frank Sinatra. • In 1990, the duo Milli Vanilli became the first artists to be stripped of their Grammys. Fab Morvan and Rob Pilatus had achieved international fame for their 1989 album “Girl, You Know It’s True,” and were awarded the Grammy for Best New Artist. However, it was soon learned that the pair did not sing any of the vocals on the recordings. They did attempt a comeback as Rob & Fab, but after the scandal, success was hard to find. • Although Elvis was the king of rock and roll and was nominated several times in that category, he never received a Grammy for that genre. He was awarded three Grammys for his gospel music in 1967, 1972, and 1974. Elvis never attended a Grammy Awards ceremony.
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• On Jan. 31, 1606, at Westminster in London, Guy Fawkes, a conspirator in the plot to blow up the British Parliament building, jumps to his death before his execution for treason. On Nov. 5, 1605, Fawkes had been found lurking in a cellar of Parliament with two tons of gunpowder. • On Feb. 1, 1781, the Articles of Confederation are finally ratified. The Articles had been signed by Congress and sent to the individual states on Nov. 15, 1777, but bickering between Virginia and Maryland delayed final ratification for almost four years. • On Feb. 2, 1887, Groundhog Day, featuring a rodent meteorologist, is celebrated for the first time at Gobbler's Knob in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. According to tradition, if a groundhog comes out of its hole on this day and sees its shadow, it gets scared and runs back into its burrow, predicting six more weeks of winter weather. • On Jan. 30, 1933, Adolf Hitler, leader of the National Socialist German Workers Party (or Nazi Party), is named chancellor (Fuehrer) of Germany. Hitler immediately ordered a rapid expansion of the state police, the Gestapo. • On Jan. 27, 1943, future President Ronald Reagan, an Army Air Corps first lieutenant during World War II, is on assignment with the Army's First Motion Picture Unit. He had been tapped to star in a motion picture called "Air Force." • On Jan. 28, 1964, the U.S. State Department angrily accuses the Soviet Union of shooting down an American jet that strayed into East German airspace, killing three U.S. officers aboard the plane. The Soviets said the flight was a "gross provocation." • On Jan. 29, 1977, "Roots," a groundbreaking television program, premieres on ABC. The eight-episode miniseries, which aired on consecutive nights, follows a family from West Africa through generations of slavery and the end of the Civil War. © 2020 Hearst Communications, Inc. All Rights Reserved
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• Most of us are familiar with the bright yellow magazine known as National Geographic. But how did it get its start? A group of prominent Washington, D.C. gentlemen who were active in the city’s scientific and intellectual community desired to further advance the interest of geographical knowledge and ideas. A large number of men received an invitation to a meeting intended to organize a society to further that goal. • In January, 1888, 33 men formed an organization called The National Geographic Society. They hailed from several different vocations, including geographers, explorers, teachers, lawyers, mapmakers, military officers, and financiers. Nine months later, the first issue of the magazine was published. • Telephone inventor Alexander Graham Bell took over the reins of the Society’s presidency in 1898. Under his leadership, the periodical became famous for its spectacular photography. • By 1912, the Society began using the revenues from the magazine to award grants to expeditions and research projects. The first was the Peruvian Expedition, which excavated Machu Picchu in the Peruvian Andes. The magazine’s April, 1913, issue made the world aware of this ancient wonder. • In 1926, the circulation of National Geographic magazine had reached one million copies. That year also marked the milestone of the first natural-color underwater pictures, captured by staff photographers in the Florida Keys. • In 1935, guest author Amelia Earhart penned her account of the first solo flight from Hawaii to California for the magazine. ...continued
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• The Society began its support of underwater explorer Jacques Cousteau in 1952, and continued its support for more than 15 years with 37 grants for his work in ocean exploration. In 1961, Jane Goodall received her first grant for the study of chimpanzees. • In 1963, National Geographic sponsored the first American team to reach the summit of Mt. Everest. Nine-hundred porters hauled the group’s 27 tons of baggage and 216 tanks of oxygen up the mountain’s west ridge. Enduring wind chill temperatures of -85 degrees F, the team took photos and film footage before descent. However, darkness forced an overnight on the slopes without shelter. There were no casualties, but a magazine staffer lost all of his toes to frostbite. That expedition was the subject of the Society’s first televised special in 1965, with 26 million viewers. • In 1985, Robert Ballard teamed up with National Geographic to locate the wreckage of the Titanic on the floor of the North Atlantic Ocean. Filmmaker James Cameron directed the 1997 movie blockbuster about the ship, then, in 2012, joined up with National Geographic to become the first person to descend solo to the Pacific Ocean’s deepest point, the Mariana Trench, 6.8 miles below the surface. • National Geographic began tracking Paul Salopek in 2013, when he began his 21,000-mile, 10-year walk across the globe. His journey tracks the path of the first humans to migrate out of Africa. • From its first issue, which was sent to 165 members, the number of subscribers has grown to nine million, and it’s now estimated that 40 million view National Geographic each month. It’s been published continuously since that first issue in 1888. Until 1998, the magazine was available only to members of the Society, but became available on newsstands that year. The Society has funded upwards of 13,000 grants to scientists and explorers around the world.
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