One of the greatest performances that day was Buddy Guy, Kenny. Wayne Shepard, Mavis Staples,. Cyndi Lauper, Betty Wright, Maria. Muldaur, and the house ...

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Your Inside Ticket to the 53rd Grammy Awards By Cassie Negron Before starting my freshman year at Columbia, this past summer I attended GRAMMY Camp, which is a 10-day summer camp for U.S. high school students who wish to pursue a career in the music industry such as singer/ songwriters, audio engineers, electronic music producers, instrumentalists, concert promotion, and music journalism. During the camp, there are many guest lecturers who discuss the many jobs that are in the music industry. This year Adam Levine and Jesse Carmichael of Maroon 5 and Colbie Caillat came to the camp to share their experiences. One of the sponsors was Converse and all of the participants got to do a photo shoot for them. So I'm currently on con-

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Inside this issue: http:// blog/?p=6900 After my life changing experience with GRAMMY Camp, I wanted to stay involved with the GRAMMY Foundation. When I met Neil Portnow (CEO of The Recording

Your Inside Ticket to the 53rd Grammy Awards


Up Close and Personal at the Grammys


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Academy) I asked him what I could do stay involved now that I'm no longer in high school and going to college. He told me to join GRAMMY University (GRAMMY U) Chicago Chapter. Right when I got home from camp, I signed up and attended my first GRAMMY U event

Up Close and Personal at the Grammys By Alex Kluft A few weeks ago, I attended the 53rd Grammy Awards. This was my second year attending the star-studded event. I was there with my friend, Benjie, and his mother, Lynn, who is a publicist who

represented Grammy Winner Chubby Carrier. We arrived at the red carpet at one in the afternoon to meet with Zydeco Junkie nominees, Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band. Because Lynn was

their publicist, we were given the great opportunity to walk down the red carpet side by side with the nominees. At the pre-telecast awards at the L.A. con-

“I left after that performance in order to head back to the red carpet to catch a glimpse of all the most famous artists.”

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Your Inside Ticket to the 53rd Grammy Awards Continued which was a Behind the scenes tour of Lollapalooza. Since then, I have been actively attending GRAMMY U events as well as working the GRAMMY Foundation to promote their many music education programs. One of the many great benefits of being in GRAMMY U is that you are considered a non-voting member of The Recording Academy, allowing you to purchase tickets to the award show. I did not know this until I received an email about ticket prices in December. I was surprised and thought that it was really cool, but just didn‟t bother with it. There was no way I was going to be able to af-

ford to go, especially around Christmas. However, back at home my mom checked the mail and saw an envelope with my name on it with The GRAMMYs gramophone in the corner. It was the invitation. My family has been so proud and appreciative with what this incredible organization has offered for my music education and career. With the help of my family and working tons of overtime, I was able to go to the award show. The week prior to the show is called GRAMMY Week, which is a week full of music events that are hosted by The GRAMMY Foundation. As a GRAMMY Camp Alumni, I was invit-

ed to go to the GRAMMY in the schools show featuring Sara Bareilles. The next day I volunteered to work at The Hip Hop Preservation Event. Then on Sunday, I attended the award show. I have written individuals blogs about all three days. My blog post about the Hip Hop event was re-blogged on the front of The GRAMMYs official tumbler page: http:// For a more detailed recap checkout my music blog at: http://

Up Close and Personal at the Grammys Continued vention center, we sat fifth row center. T-Bone Burnett was sitting 3 rows behind us, and I even had the honor of meeting Jackson Browne. The show opened up with a performance by hosts Bobby McFerrin and Best New Artist winner, Esperanza Spalding. There was a great house band led by Larry Batiste that played along with the performers; they also played between the presentation of awards. It was very cool seeing my friend, Toshi Yanagi, guitarist for the Jimmy Kimmel show, playing with the house band. The house band also featured current Yellow Jackets drummer, William Kennedy, and one my favorite percussionists, Luis Conte. I was able to see the presentation of awards to many outstanding artists, such as Herbie Hancock, Mavis Staples, T Bone Burnett, The Roots, Buddy Guy, and Robbie Krieger, our blues friends Pinetop Perkins, and Willie “Big Eyes” Smith, and our nominee Chubby Carrier and the

Bayou Swamp Band. History was made when Neil Young and Mavis Staples won their first Grammys, and Pinetop Perkins became the oldest Grammy winner at 97 for his album with Willie “Big Eyes” Smith, Joined At The Hip. Some of the best performances I witnessed that day actually took place at the pre-telecast awards. One of the greatest performances that day was Buddy Guy, Kenny Wayne Shepard, Mavis Staples, Cyndi Lauper, Betty Wright, Maria Muldaur, and the house band performing Wang Dang Doodle, which was written by Blues Legend Willie Dixon. Another great performance during the pre-telecast awards show was by Trombone Shorty. I left after that performance in order to head back to the red carpet to catch a glimpse of all the most famous artists. I got to see Bruno Mars, Nicki Minaj, Jennifer Hudson, Janelle Monet, and Nikki Six as they had their photographs taken. Neil Young

walked by me on the way to the entrance of the red carpet. I did not get a chance to meet him, unfortunately, but I was able to walk on the carpet with him. Once in the Staples Center, I ran into Chris Broderick, the new guitarist for Megadeth, as I was heading towards my seat. Then the show started with a tribute to Aretha Franklin, featuring incredible singers, such as Christina Aguilera, Florence Welch, Jennifer Hudson, Yolanda Adams, and Martina McBride. It was nice seeing my friend, John „JR‟ Robinson, playing drums with the backing band. My favorite performances that night were by Eminem and Rihanna, Janelle Monet and Bruno Mars, Cee Lo Green and Gwyneth Paltrow, and Mick Jagger. The biggest surprises in the show were Lady Antebellum winning five awards, Esperanza

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Up Close and Personal at the Grammys Continued Spalding winning Best New Artist, and Eminem only winning Best Rap Album. The show closed with a performance by Arcade Fire, after they had won Album of the Year. Still, the fun wasn‟t over just yet. After the show, Benjie and his mother and I headed back to the same room where the pre-telecast awards were held for the official after party. I walked in and noticed how the room was transformed into a discothemed party. There were even people on roller-skates. I arrived there just in time to see The Roots starting to play. I managed to get right in front of the stage for their performance. The Roots did a lot more than just play instruments; they moved around the stage, interacted with the audience and danced a bit. After the Roots' performance, I

went to the Jazz Lounge to see one of several jazz bands performing that night. We left by eleven o'clock that night and returned to The Beverly Hills Hotel. I ran into my buddy, Dave Lombardo, the drummer from Slayer, leaving the Sony party. This was quite an eventful evening. Sunday wasn‟t the only day with exciting events going on. On Friday, I attended the 13th Annual Attorneys luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel, where Will. I. Am. was honored. Also in attendance were Neil Portnow, President of the Recording Academy, and my idol, Irving Azoff, one of the most esteemed artist managers, and the CEO of Ticketmaster. Afterwards, I had the honor of meeting Will. I Am. However, my favorite part of Friday was getting to Cee Lo Green‟s rehearsal that night. Satur-

day was not entirely uneventful either; I was fortunate enough to meet David Crosby after he left the Clive Davis party at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Overall, the weekend was filled with great musical performances, exciting encounters with some of my biggest idols, and tremendous opportunities to see great artists honored for their invaluable work.

Faculty Spotlight On… Rober t DiFazio

Name: Robert DiFazio Hometown: Gloucester, MA How long you’ve been teaching at Columbia: Since Fall 2005 (6 years) What courses you teach: The Art and Business of Recording and Into to Pro Tools for Producers

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The first concert you attended: The Monkeys, with my Mom, when I was 8. Favorite non-teaching job: Producing records for artists, which is my main business; also I enjoy studio management and artist development.

The next edition will include info from AEMMP Records students who attended the music conference, South by Southwest.

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