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Award presented to recognize outstanding achievement in the music industry

  • Gramophone Award, popular as Grammy Awards or just Grammy, is an accolade by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States to recognize outstanding achievement in the music industry.
  • It is the music equivalent to the Emmy Awards for television, the Tony Award for stage and the Academy Awards for film.
  • The first Grammy Awards ceremony was held on May 4, 1959 in the Grand Ballroom of the Beverly Hills Hotel, to honor musical accomplishments by performers for the year 1958.
  • The 54th Grammy Awards were held on February 12, 2012 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
  • Elvis Presley never won a Grammy in a top category, though he did win in the Gospel music category in 1971.
  • In 1989, Milli Vanilli became the first artists to be stripped of a Grammy because it was discovered that the voices on their album weren't theirs.
  • Grammy award trophies are all handmade. The Grammy is assembled in pieces and finished off in gold plating.
  • The Best Rock and Roll Recording category wasn't added until 1962.
  • The first annual Latin Grammy Awards were held in Los Angeles' Staple Center in September 2000.
  • The first Grammy given out for a rap performance was awarded to The Fresh Prince (AKA Will Smith) and DJ Jazzy Jeff in 1989.
  • Leann Rimes became the youngest person to win a top Grammy in 1997 when she walked away with the Best New Artist award.
  • Stevie Wonder holds the record for most Grammys won by a solo artist, with 19 Grammy awards.
  • Sir George Solti holds the record for most Grammys with a whopping 30 awards to his name.
  • Snoop Dogg was nominated for Grammy Award 12 times but has not won the award.
  • In 1959, Grammy honored 22 awards, whereas in 2010 they presented 109 awards.
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