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The Recording Academy presents the Grammy Award (stylized as GRAMMY, formerly named Gramophone Award), or simply Grammy, to honour accomplishment in the music business. A golden gramophone is depicted on the trophy. The Grammy Awards are the first of the yearly major music awards presented by the Big Three networks (between the American Music Awards in fall, and Billboard Music Awards in summer).

Along with the Academy Honors (for cinema achievements), the Emmy Awards (for television achievements), and the Tony Awards (for theatrical achievements), the Grammy is regarded one of the four main annual American entertainment awards (for theater and Broadway achievements).

The annual award event comprises performances by well-known musicians as well as the presentation of prizes honoring industry recording artists’ achievements. On May 4, 1959, the inaugural Grammy Awards ceremony was held to recognize singers’ musical achievements in the year 1958. Many Grammy Award categories were revamped for 2012 after the 2011 event.

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The 63rd Annual Grammy Awards were hosted in and around the Los Angeles Convention Center on March 14, 2021 (after being postponed from its initial January 31, 2021 date owing to the impact of the COVID-19 epidemic on the music business). The 64th Annual Grammy Awards will be hosted in the Staples Center in Los Angeles on January 31, 2022.

The Grammy Awards were founded in the 1950s as part of the Hollywood Walk of Fame initiative. As members of the Walk of Fame committee created a list of notable music industry figures who could be eligible for a star, they recognized that many of their sector’s leaders would not receive a star on Hollywood Boulevard. They resolved to change this by establishing industry-wide honors akin to the Oscars and Emmys.

After choosing to proceed with such prizes, the question of what to title them remained. The ‘Eddie’ was one of the working titles, named after Thomas Edison, the phonograph’s creator. After a mail-in contest in which around 300 applicants submitted the name ‘Grammy,’ with the oldest postmark from contest winner Jay Danna of New Orleans, Louisiana, as an abbreviated allusion to the phonograph, the name was eventually picked. In 1958, the Grammy Awards were given out for the first time.

On May 4, 1959, 28 Grammy Awards were presented simultaneously at two locations: the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, and the Park Sheraton Hotel in New York City, New York. The number of awards presented increased over time, reaching over 100 at one point, and fluctuated over time as categories were added and deleted. The second Grammy Awards, held in 1959, was the first to be televised, but it wasn’t until the 13th Annual Grammy Awards in 1971 that the ceremony was broadcast live.

Billings Artworks in Ridgway, Colorado, makes and assembles the gold-plated awards by hand, each featuring a gilded gramophone. The original Grammy design was modified in 1990, replacing the conventional soft lead with a harder alloy that was less prone to breakage, resulting in a larger and grander prize.

Grammium, a zinc alloy that Billings trademarked, was created by Billings. Because engraved trophies with each recipient’s name are not accessible until after the award presentations, “stunt” trophies are re-used for the ceremony televised each year.

By February 2009, there had been 7,578 Grammy awards handed out.

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