GRAMMY Week is a week filled with Official and Unofficial Red Carpet and Non-Red Carpet events catered to music lovers of all genres leading up to Music's Biggest Night...the GRAMMY Awards live telecast followed by the GRAMMY After-parties. This year, the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards will take place on Sunday, January 28, 2018 at Madison Square Garden and broadcast on CBS.
Madison Square Garden played host to the GRAMMY Awards last in 2003, when the Recording Academy celebrated its 45th anniversary. The GRAMMY Awards have been in Los Angeles at STAPLES Center for the past 14 years.
The following are just a sampling of Official and Unofficial Red Carpet and non-Red Carpet events during GRAMMY Week 2018 in New York City:
Clive Davis and the Recording Academy present the annual Pre-GRAMMY Gala on Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018
Clive Davis and the Recording Academy™ will present the annual Pre-GRAMMY® Gala on Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018, at Sheraton New York Times Square, the evening preceding the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards®. As part of the celebration, entrepreneur and 21-time GRAMMY winner Shawn "JAY-Z" Carter will be recognized as the 2018 GRAMMY Salute To Industry Icons® honoree for his significant contributions to the music industry and his numerous philanthropic endeavors. Sponsored by Delta, Hilton, JBL By Harman, and Mastercard, the invitation-only Pre-GRAMMY Gala has long been one of the music industry's most prestigious events, having hosted the industry's top leaders and welcomed the world's most talented artists on its stage. For the past decade, the gala has also included a presentation to honor industry luminaries through the Recording Academy's GRAMMY Salute To Industry Icons Award. Past recipients include Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss, Irving Azoff, Martin Bandier, Sir Richard Branson, Clive Davis, Ahmet Ertegun, David Geffen, Berry Gordy, Lucian Grainge, Debra L. Lee, Doug Morris, Mo Ostin, and Antonio "L.A." Reid. "We are absolutely thrilled and delighted to honor JAY-Z with this year's GRAMMY Salute to Industry Icons Award. His contributions as an industry trailblazer and music visionary only begin to touch on the tremendous impact he's made both in entertainment and beyond," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of the Recording Academy. "JAY-Z also embodies the vibrant spirit of New York City and we couldn't imagine a more fitting honoree as we return to Manhattan for this year's GRAMMY Awards." "JAY-Z is a quintessential icon and I couldn't be happier and more excited to share the evening with him," said Clive Davis, co-host of the Pre-GRAMMY Gala. "What a night this will be!" Since 1996, Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee and 21-time GRAMMY Award winner Shawn "JAY Z" Carter has been a dominant force in popular culture, with multiple businesses and accolades across the recording industry. Among his achievements, Carter has served as President of Def Jam Recordings, launched the successful Made In America festival, acquired luxury spirits brand Armand De Brignac, and maintains his role as majority owner in the 40/40 sports clubs. In 2013, Carter launched Roc Nation Sports, whose roster includes NBA Champion Kevin Durant and MLB All-Star Robinson Cano. Carter became co-owner in global streaming service, TIDAL, in 2015. In 2017, Carter became the first hip-hop artist to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall Of Fame.
The 2018 MusiCares Person of the Year tribute to Fleetwood Mac on Friday, January 26, 2018
GRAMMY Award-winners Imagine Dragons, Juanes, Alison Krauss and Jerry Douglas, Little Big Town, and Zac Brown Band; GRAMMY Award-nominees Brandi Carlile and Miley Cyrus; and current GRAMMY Award-nominees Portugal. The Man will join the performance lineup at the 2018 MusiCares® Person of the Year tribute concert honoring Fleetwood Mac on Friday, Jan. 26. Fleetwood Mac—the first band to be honored as the MusiCares Person of the Year—will be celebrated for their extraordinary creative accomplishments and significant charitable work. Proceeds from the annual Person of the Year tribute—now in its 28th year—provide essential support for MusiCares, which ensures music people have a place to turn in times of financial, medical, and personal need. Previously announced performers include HAIM, Lorde, OneRepublic, Harry Styles, and Keith Urban. GRAMMY Award-winners Fleetwood Mac will close the evening's performances and President Bill Clinton will present their award. Three-time GRAMMY Award-winning producer Don Was will be the evening's musical director. More guest performers will be announced shortly. Attendees will include Neil Portnow, President/CEO of MusiCares and the Recording Academy™; Michael McDonald, Chair of MusiCares; Alexandra Patsavas, Chair Emeritus of MusiCares; and John Branca, Honorary Chair of MusiCares. Past MusiCares Person of the Year honorees include: Tony Bennett, Bono, Natalie Cole, Phil Collins, David Crosby, Neil Diamond, Bob Dylan, Gloria Estefan, Aretha Franklin, Don Henley, Billy Joel, Elton John, Quincy Jones, Carole King, Paul McCartney, Luciano Pavarotti, Tom Petty, Bonnie Raitt, Lionel Richie, Paul Simon, Bruce Springsteen, Sting, Barbra Streisand, James Taylor, Brian Wilson, Stevie Wonder, and Neil Young. Fleetwood Mac photo credit Danny Clinch.
International Music ICONS Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz to be Honored by Recording Academy™ Producers & Engineers Wing® on Thursday, January 25, 2018
The Recording Academy™ Producers & Engineers Wing® will honor GRAMMY® Award winners Alicia Keys and Kasseem Dean, aka "Swizz Beatz," at their annual GRAMMY Week celebration on Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018, at Rockefeller Center's iconic Rainbow Room in New York City. The prestigious, invite-only event will celebrate the artistic contributions of the Producers & Engineers Wing's professional members and will highlight the unparalleled accomplishments of Keys and Dean. The event, now in its 11th year, is well-regarded among producers and engineers as well as industry titans. "With multiplatinum success, fierce dedication to the craft, and unwavering support for the art of recorded sound, Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz represent the power of groundbreaking ingenuity in our creative community," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of the Recording Academy. "Alicia and Swizz have set new precedents for excellence and their contributions are paramount. This is sure to be an unforgettable evening, and we are thrilled to be able to celebrate them together as an undeniable force in the industry." Fifteen-time GRAMMY Award-winning singer/songwriter/musician/producer Alicia Keys is also an accomplished actress, a New York Times best-selling author, and a powerful force in philanthropy and activism. Keys began playing classical piano at age 7 and continues to incorporate her classical background into her music, transcending genres and including gospel, jazz, blues and vintage soul, rock, and pop influences. Since the 2001 release of her debut album, Songs In A Minor, she has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide with The Diary Of Alicia Keys, Unplugged, As I Am, The Element Of Freedom, and Girl On Fire. Her critically acclaimed sixth studio album, Here, was released in November 2016. Keys' female empowerment message and hands-on approach to song creation, plus knack for crafting songs that resonate with all walks of life, have made her one of the most respected musicians of today. Her talent, deep wisdom, and playful personality have been on display for three seasons as a winning coach on "The Voice." Keys also owns The Oven Studios, which is often used by a variety of the most prestigious recording artists. Kasseem Dean, aka "Swizz Beatz," is a GRAMMY Award-winning and internationally acclaimed music producer/songwriter/recording artist/global entrepreneur. While in high school, he began DJing and working at Ruff Ryder Records, where he soon produced the company's first hit, "Ruff Ryders' Anthem" by DMX. At age 23, in a joint venture with the legendary Clive Davis, Dean founded his own record label, Full Surface Records. As a producer, he has worked in multiple genres with artists such as Jay-Z, Madonna, Beyoncé, Busta Rhymes, Gwen Stefani, Kanye West, and Metallica. A renowned cultural ambassador, Dean's artistic contributions now also extend beyond music and include fashion design, business, fine art, and philanthropy. He created the global No Commission Art Fair platform that lets the artist keep 100 percent of the proceeds from their sales. To date, $5 million has been given back to these artists. Recently, Dean graduated from the three-year Harvard Business School's Owner/President Management program. Previous honorees have included: 2009—Ahmet & Nesuhi Ertegun; Jerry Wexler; Arif Mardin & Tom Dowd; 2010—Chris Blackwell; 2011—T Bone Burnett; 2012—Jimmy Iovine; 2013—Quincy Jones & Al Schmitt; 2014—Neil Young; 2015—Nile Rodgers; 2016—Rick Rubin; 2017—Jack White
Citi Presents with Live Nation "Citi Sound Vault", Intimate Performances by Thirty Seconds to Mars, The National, Eminem, Childish Gambino, Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds During the Biggest Week in Music from January 24 - January 28, 2018
Over five epic nights, from January 24 – 28, the Citi Sound Vault will take over the iconic Irving Plaza in New York City delivering fans electric performances from Thirty Seconds to Mars, The National, Eminem, Childish Gambino, and Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds. A full schedule of events for Citi Sound Vault at Irving Plaza is as follows:
January 24: Thirty Seconds to Mars, 13-time MTV Music Award Winner and 6-time Kerrang! Award Winner, including “Best International Band”
January 25: The National, 2018 GRAMMY Award Nominee, Best Alternative Music Album
January 26: Eminem, 15-time GRAMMY Award Winner
January 27: Childish Gambino, 5-time 2018 GRAMMY Award nominee
January 28: Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds, Dave is a GRAMMY Award Winner and has been nominated 14-times; Tim is a multi-instrumentalist, GRAMMY Award nominee known as both a solo artist and as a lead guitarist for Dave Matthews Band
Mastercard House is open to the public daily from 12:00 noon to 5:00pm and is located at 60 Tenth Avenue (between 14th and 15th Streets) New York, NY 10014. Events include: My First GRAMMY Memory Panel presented by Billboard Magazine from 1:00pm to 2:00pm on Tuesday, January 23rd; New York State of Mind: The Influence of Hip-Hop's Birthplace Panel presented by Billboard Magazine from 1:00pm to 2:00pm on Wednesday, January 24th; The Hip-Hop Diaspora Panel presented by Fader from 1:00pm to 2:00pm on Thursday, January 25th; and, Behind The Scenes: Creating Award-winning Music Panel presented by Fader from 1:00pm to 2:00pm on Friday, January 26th.
Mastercard House Sessions is available for Mastercard holders (must be 21+) with live music from 9:00pm to 12:00am and includes St. Vincent and Maggie Rogers on Tuesday, January 23rd; SZA on Wednesday, January 24th; EPMD, Big Daddy Kane, Biz Markie, and Ghostface Killah with Raekwon on Thursday, January 25th; Portugal. The Man and Francis and The Lights on Friday, January 26th; and, Dua Lipa on Saturday, January 27th.
For Mastercard House Sessions: Bring your Mastercard for complimentary entry on a first come, first served basis. If you come to the House during the day and show or register for Masterpass, you will be given a VIP band, which gives you expedited entry for that night only. Names will be verified at time of check-in. All parties must arrive together. 21+ valid photo ID is required to gain access. Arrive early as capacity is limited and based on availability. RSVP does not guarantee admission. All guests are subject to full security and bag check upon arrival before entrance. Coat check is not available on site."
RoundGlass Music Awards 2018 at Edison Ballroom on Friday, January 26, 2018
RoundGlass Music Awards was founded to bring together a large international community of musicians who create socially responsible music for Wellness, Environmental Consciousness and Peace.
4th Annual Ally Coalition Talent Show at Town Hall NYC on January 24, 2018
Music’s biggest week calls for music’s biggest stars and The Ally Coalition’s Talent Show and after party deliver. Start GRAMMY® week off right by joining GRAMMY® Award Winner and current nominee Lorde; members of GRAMMY® nominated The National, Matt Berninger and Aaron Dessner; members of GRAMMY® nominated Spoon, Britt Daniel and Alex Fischel; Bleachers; Shamir; GRAMMY® Award Winner Kacey Musgraves; Andrew Dost; Phoebe Robinson; and Aparna Nancherla (more TBA) at Town Hall on January 24th as they lend their talent to shed light on inequality. The only event with more prominent artists will be The GRAMMY® Awards Ceremony! Proceeds benefit The Ally Coalition, a charity founded by Jack Antonoff and Rachel Antonoff to end discrimination against LGBTQ people by highlighting systemic inequality and local LGBTQ-serving organizations and creating opportunities for fans and entertainers to advocate for equality.
Anu~Sun's "GRAMMY Week SHEDdown" on January 24, 2018
Wednesday, January 24th, 2018 don't miss Anu~Sun's "GRAMMY Week SHEDdown" in commemoration of the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards' return to New York City. "The Shed" is a jam session filled with A-List musicians and special guests. Anu~Sun is a GRAMMY Award-winning producer/engineer. To date, Anu's credits include work on the GRAMMY Award-winning "Miles Ahead" motion picture soundtrack by Miles Davis and Robert Glasper; as well as, work with Johnny Cash, Bilal, RoJames, and Ledisi. Anu is also the creator and host of "The Shed" open jam, a biweekly jam session in Harlem, NYC that serves as a launchpad for emerging talent. Music Giveaway's compliments of Sony Legacy. Sounds by LUNA. Anu~Sun - Host. Marcus Marchado - Guitar. Big Yuki - Keys. Burniss Travis - Bass. Justin Tyson - Drums; C Studio, 146 Bowery, New York, NY 10013.