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The Grammy Awards Show has been a television institution which honors the contributions of musicians of all genres for over fifty years. The first production was made in 1959 to honor the previous year's artists. However, the first live telecast of the program did not occur until 1971, when it was aired on ABC. The awards themselves came into existence when organizers for the Hollywood Walk of Fame realized that there were an inordinately large number of people in the recording industry that would qualify for a star on the Walk of Fame. This inspired the music industry's head honchos to create their own analog to the television industry's Oscars and the movie industry's Emmys. Originally, the awards would have been called the Eddie, in reference to Thomas Edison; however, the group decided to call the award the Grammy after a gramophone (which is also the shape of the award given).

There are only 78 categories of awards as of 2011, instead of 108. The four awards without genre attachments are Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best New Artist. Since 2011, there is no longer a distinction between male and female soloists, nor is there a difference between simple duos and collaborations with more artists. Hard Rock and Metal are now under the umbrella of Best Rock Instrumental Performance. Various styles of R&B music are now simply credited as Best R&B Album. Rap music is no longer delineated between single artists and groups, all of them are in the same category of Best Rap Performance. The Best Regional Roots Music Album is a veritable chimera of categories, comprising genres such as Zydeco, Cajun, Native Hawaiian, Native American, and Polka. This change was made since none of these categories have had high competition levels. Contemporary and traditional genres of music, including blues and folk, have simply been merged together; there is no longer a different award for both the contemporary and traditional formats of musical genres.

59 Seasons, 66 Episodes
May 4, 1959
Awards Show, Music
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The Grammys Full Episode Guide

  • Music artists honor the Bee Gees in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the soundtrack to the film "Saturday Night Fever.'' Performers include Celine Dion, Ed Sheeran, Keith Urban, John Legend, Stevie Wonder and Barry Gibb.

  • Don't miss once-in-a-lifetime performances by Adele, Alicia Keys, Bruno Mars, Lady Gaga, John Legend, Demi Lovato, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban and many more on the 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards. James Corden hosts.

  • LL Cool J returns to host the 58th Annual Grammy Awards at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Performers include Adele, Justin Bieber, Little Big Town, John Legend and Meghan Trainor.

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Chrissy already freed the nipple, now she's freeing her husband's booty.

Carly Rae Jepsen Released a New Song, And Yes It's Really Really Really Catchy

The "Call Me Maybe" singer finally has a true follow-up.

Taylor Swift Opening the Grammy Awards With...

America's sweetheart Taylor Swift reveals she will be starting off tomorrow's Grammy Awards... which song will bring her bursting onto the stage?

The Grammy Awards Unveil New Dress Code

In an effort to reduce wardrobe malfunctions, The Grammy Awards will be enforcing a dress code for those attending and performing at the Grammys this Sunday.

Romeo Santos Releases Live DVD Album of The Kings Stay King: Sold Out At Madison Square Garden

Singer Romeo Santos sits down with Acceso Total to talk about this new DVD-album, "The King Stays King."

Rihanna Goes Cryptic With 'Unapologetic' Tweets Of Prose

A bit advantageous? Maybe. Smacking of being an excessive tease? Absolutely. Rihanna has been on a cryptic-tweeting spree lately, ending words of prose with "#Unapologetic". The initial take on the "lyrics" points to them being pretty well centered on her past, present and future with Chris Brown.

Chris Brown Ditches Girlfriend Over His *Ahem* 'Friendship' With Rihanna

Here's a Foster's-style lesson in "How to Translate Chris Brown": when the Grammy-winning powder keg says "I've decided to be single to focus on my career," he really means to say, "The ex I famously beat to a pulp three years ago will let me near her again. Your position has been usurped."

Lady Gaga Calls Society 'Ugly' Over Jabs At Her Weight

Over the weekend, Lady Gaga had heard about all she cared to about her recently unveiled fuller figure. The eccentric, eclectic pop star tweeted her thanks to fans that supported her no matter her measurements, and invoked a legendary beauty's assertion that "it's society that's ugly."

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