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-...the Grammys return to honor careers of the truly inspiring... -The Recording Academy is honoring Miss Tina Turner for her long, illustrious, and brave lifetime of achievement.
-Before I ever met him, John Williams was a god to me.
-...the brightest talents... -The Meters were one of the greatest, funkiest bands from New Orleans or anywhere in the world.
-I'm a true believer in the enduring musical genius of Neil Diamond.
-♪ Sweet Caroline ♪ Ba-ba-ba -...the brilliant artists... -We can all still feel Emmylou's heart and soul in every note she sings.
-♪ Love and happiness ♪ For you -...the legends.
Let's roll out the red carpet for good times and music's best with the 'Grammy Salute to Music Legends.'
-Have a good time.
♪ Ohhhh, oooh [ Cheers and applause ] ♪♪ -Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the 'Grammy Salute to Music Legends,' the Recording Academy's special merit awards honoring Hal Blaine... [ Cheers and applause ] ...Neil Diamond... [ Cheers and applause ] ...Bill Graham... [ Cheers and applause ] ...Emmylou Harris... [ Cheers and applause ] ...Louis Jordan... [ Cheers and applause ] ...the Meters... [ Cheers and applause ] ...Queen... [ Cheers and applause ] ...Seymour Stein... [ Cheers and applause ] ...Tina Turner... [ Cheers and applause ] ...and John Williams.
[ Cheers and applause ] Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome 4-time Grammy Award-winning gospel great and 13-time Grammy nominee Yolanda Adams.
[ Cheers and applause ] ♪♪ -Welcome, everybody, to the 2018 'Grammy Salute to Music Legends.'
[ Cheers and applause ] Yeah.
This is a very special night for the Recording Academy to celebrate some remarkable women and men with special merit awards for their lifetimes of achievement and bringing such extraordinary music to our lives.
Our first honoree tonight is not just a legend, he's a diamond -- Neil Diamond.
[ Cheers and applause ] And I would like to start the night by singing one of his many amazing classics, an uplifting song called 'Holly Holy.'
[ Applause ] [ 'Holly Holy' plays ] ♪♪ ♪ Holly holy eyes ♪ Dream of only me ♪♪ ♪ Where I am, what I am ♪ What I believe in ♪ Holly holy ♪ Holly holy dream ♪ Wanting only you ♪ And he comes ♪ And I run just like the wind will ♪ ♪ Holly holy Okay, y'all, I need your help.
-♪ Sing -♪ Sing a song -♪ Sing -♪ Sing a song of songs -♪ Sing ♪ Sing -♪ Sing it out -♪ Sing -♪ Sing it strong -♪ Sing, sing, sing, sing ♪ Yeah -♪ Yeah Come on, everybody.
Put your hands together.
-♪ Yeah [ Rhythmic clapping ] -Great audience.
♪ Call the sun to the dead of the night ♪ ♪ And the sun is gonna rise in the sky ♪ ♪ Yeah, yeah ♪ Touch a man who can't walk upright ♪ ♪ And that lame man, he's gonna fly ♪ ♪ And I fly -♪ Fly -♪ And I fly ♪ And I fly ♪ And I fly ♪ And I fly ♪ And I fly-y-y ♪ Holly ♪ Holly holy dream ♪ Oh ♪ Dream of only you ♪ Oh, oh ♪ Holly holy sun ♪ Hey-hey-hey, hey-hey-hey-hey ♪ ♪ Holly holy rain One more time.
♪ Holly ho-o-o ♪ Holly ho-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-ly ♪♪ Whoo!
[ Cheers and applause ] Oh, thank you.
Thank you, thank you.
Mr. Neil Diamond rocks, right?
[ Cheers and applause ] And now here's an amazing look at the lifetime achievement of one of music's all-time greats, the one and only Neil Diamond.
[ Cheers and applause ] ♪♪ -Neil Diamond is truly a solitary man, an enduring superstar who first made his name in New York's Tin Pan Alley of the '60s as a songwriter for others and a singer in his own right.
As the '70s were dawning, Diamond headed west, where he firmly established himself as one of the most successful recording and performing stars in the world.
Diamond's varied and distinctive songs, sung blue and otherwise, like 'Sweet Caroline' and 'Cracklin' Rosie' soon became standards of American pop culture, and to this day, most everyone can sing them by heart.
-♪ Love on the rocks ♪ Ain't no surprise -Diamond won a Grammy in 1973, one year after he released his classic double-live album recorded at the Greek Theatre.
Diamond was also honored by the Recording Academy as Music Cares Person of the Year in 2009.
In the 21st century, Diamond released two of his most acclaimed albums ever, working with producer Rick Rubin, -♪ You don't bring me flowers -Decade after decade, touring with his beloved band, Diamond continued to shine as one of the most consistently popular and crowd-pleasing live performers of all time, right until he announced his retirement from touring earlier this year.
Through it all, Neil Diamond has remained a cherished figure from the Brooklyn roads he came from to all over America and the rest of a listening world.
-♪ Brooklyn roads ♪♪ [ Cheers and applause ] -To continue our salute to Neil Diamond, please welcome a man nominated back in 1967 for two Grammy Awards for his performance of 'I'm a Believer' with the Monkees.
Ladies and gentlemen, Micky Dolenz!
[ Cheers and applause ] -Thank you.
Yes, like so many of you here and all around the world tonight, I'm a true believer in the enduring musical genius of Neil Diamond, one of the most successful, beloved, and distinctive recording artists and live performers in music history.
And that's why he's become a Grammy winner, a Kennedy Center honoree, and has earned his rightful place in the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, too.
That's -- [ Cheers and applause ] That's why I'm a believer and why it is such an honor to sing this song for Neil tonight.
[ 'I'm a Believer' plays ] ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪ I thought love was only true in fairy tales ♪ ♪ Meant for someone else but not for me ♪ ♪ Oh, love was out to get me ♪ That's the way it seemed ♪ Disappointment haunted all of my dreams ♪ ♪ Then I saw her face ♪ I'm a believer ♪ Not a trace ♪ Of doubt in my mind ♪ I'm in love -♪ Ooh-ooh -♪ I'm a believer ♪ I couldn't leave her if I tried ♪ Ladies and gentlemen, Mr. Neil Diamond!
[ Cheers and applause ] ♪ I thought love was more or less a giving thing ♪ -Yeah, Micky.
♪ Seems the more I gave, the less I got ♪ ♪ What's the use in tryin'? ♪ All you get is pain ♪ When I needed sunshine, I got rain ♪ ♪ Then I saw her face ♪ Now I'm a believer ♪ Not a trace ♪ Of doubt in my mind ♪ I'm in love -♪ Ooh-ooh -♪ I'm a believer ♪ I couldn't leave her if I tried ♪ -♪ Yes, I saw her face -Go, Micky. -♪ Now I'm a believer ♪ Not a trace ♪ Of doubt in my mind ♪ Well, I'm a believer ♪ Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah ♪ ♪ I'm a believer [ Cheers and applause ] ♪♪ [ Cheers and applause ] -What a great job.
-Thank you. It was cool.
And now it's my pleasure -- my great pleasure -- to present the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award to you... [ Cheers and applause ] ...an artist we all believe in, the one and only Neil Diamond.
[ Cheers and applause ] -Thank you so much.
Just to take a moment to thank the Recording Academy, my wonderful fans, my wife, my kids, and all of you folks for coming down tonight.
What a great thrill, and what a great pleasure it's been.
Thank you so much.
Instead of a speech, I'm just gonna sing one song and then get out of here.
[ 'Sweet Caroline' plays ] [ Cheers and applause ] [ Rhythmic clapping ] ♪♪ ♪ Where it began ♪ I can't begin to knowin' ♪ But then I know it's growin' strong ♪ ♪ Was in the spring ♪ And spring became the summer ♪ Who'd have believed you'd come along? ♪ ♪ Hands -♪ Ooh -♪ Touching hands -♪ Ooh -♪ Reaching out -♪ Ooh -♪ Touching me ♪ Touching you ♪ Sweet Caroline -♪ Ba-ba-ba -♪ Good times never seemed so good ♪ -♪ So good, so good, so good -♪ I've been inclined -♪ Ba-ba-ba -♪ To believe they never would ♪ But now I ♪ Look at the night -♪ Ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh -♪ And it don't seem so lonely ♪ We fill it up with only two ♪ And when I hurt -♪ Ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh -♪ Hurtin' runs off my shoulders ♪ ♪ How can I hurt when I'm here with you? ♪ ♪ Warm -♪ Ooh -♪ Touching warm -♪ Ooh -♪ Reaching out -♪ Ahh -♪ Touching me ♪ Touching you ♪ Sweet Caroline -♪ Ba-ba-ba -♪ Good times never seemed so good ♪ -♪ So good, so good, so good -♪ I've been inclined -♪ Ba-ba-ba -♪ To believe they never would ♪ Sweet Caroline -♪ Ba-ba-ba -♪ Good times never seemed so good ♪ -♪ So good, so good, so good -♪ I've been inclined -♪ Ba-ba-ba -♪ To believe they never would ♪ Sweet Caroline Oh, yes!
♪♪ [ Cheers and applause ] Thank you so much.
-Please welcome a 3-time Grammy Award winner and 27-time Grammy nominee Trisha Yearwood.
[ Cheers and applause ] -Thank you.
I am thrilled to be here tonight to help the Recording Academy salute my hero, Emmylou Harris.
[ Cheers and applause ] For me as an artist, and especially as a female artist, Emmylou Harris has always been the standard.
She really set the bar.
I have had a lot of 'What would Emmylou do?' moments in my career, and she's helped me stay true to myself and my music.
She's never sold her soul, and that's why we can all still feel Emmylou's heart and soul in every note she sings.
Here's a look at an ongoing lifetime of achievement by one of our world's true artists, Emmylou Harris.
[ Applause ] ♪♪ -♪ We came out west together with a common desire ♪ ♪ The fever we had might've set the West Coast on fire ♪ -A 13-time Grammy winner and 47-time nominee, Emmylou Harris has proven to be a groundbreaking artist, first as an interpretive singer bridging the worlds of country music, folk, and rock 'n' roll and a defining figure in what would become known as Americana and alt-country.
Born in Birmingham, Alabama, to a military family, Harris eventually found her way into the Greenwich Village folk scene of the '60s.
Later, she famously toured and recorded with country-rock pioneer Gram Parsons from 1971 until his death in 1973.
-♪ And nothing else matters ♪ 'Cause we're together again -Signed to Warner Bros. in her own right by legendary A&R woman Mary Martin, Harris released her major-label debut in 1975, the beginning of a run of classic eclectic albums for reprise that established Harris as one of the most gifted and nuanced interpretive singers in any genre, working with a remarkable group of musicians that would become known far and wide as the Hot Band.
-♪ This is us down at the Mardi Gras ♪ -♪ This is us in your daddy's car ♪ -Harris would collaborate with artists like Bob Dylan, Mark Knopfler, Rodney Crowell, and enjoyed tremendous success recording as the Trio with Dolly Parton and Linda Ronstadt.
Over the last decade, Harris has increasingly used her extraordinary and distinctive voice to sing songs she's written and cowritten, further establishing her as one of the most significant singers and songwriters of her time.
[ Cheers and applause ] -Ladies and gentlemen, Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award honoree Emmylou Harris.
[ Cheers and applause ] -Oh, thank you.
Thank you, Trisha. Thank you, everyone.
Oh, my goodness.
Here's a song that I wrote when I was still a brunette.
[ Laughter ] [ 'Boulder to Birmingham' plays ] ♪ I don't want to hear a love song ♪ ♪ I got on this airplane just to fly ♪ ♪ And I know there's life below me ♪ ♪ But all you can show me ♪ Is the prairie and the sky ♪ And I don't want to hear a sad story ♪ ♪ Full of heartbreak and desire ♪ ♪ The last time I felt like this ♪ ♪ I was in the wilderness ♪ And the canyon was on fire ♪ And I stood on the mountain ♪ In the night, and I watched it burn ♪ ♪ I watched it burn ♪ I watched it burn ♪ I would rock my soul in the bosom of Abraham ♪ ♪ I would hold my life in his saving grace ♪ ♪ I would walk all the way from Boulder to Birmingham ♪ ♪ If I thought I could see ♪ I could see your face ♪ Well, you really got me this time ♪ ♪ And the hardest part is knowing I'll survive ♪ ♪ And I come to listen for the sound ♪ ♪ Of the trucks as they move down ♪ ♪ Out on 95 ♪ And pretend that it's the ocean ♪ ♪ Coming down to wash me clean ♪ To wash me clean ♪ Baby, do you know what I mean? ♪ ♪ I would rock my soul in the bosom of Abraham ♪ ♪ I would hold my life in his saving grace ♪ ♪ I would walk all the way from Boulder to Birmingham ♪ ♪ If I thought I could see ♪ I could see your face ♪ If I thought I could see ♪ I could see your face ♪ Mmmmmmmmmmm [ Cheers and applause ] Thank you. Thank you so much.
Oh, what a wonderful night.
I'm gonna be able to do another song.
[ Cheers and applause ] [ Strums guitar ] I wrote this with a wonderful singer-songwriter from Austin, Texas, the fabulous Kimmie Rhodes.
She had an idea that we should write a song about our children.
[ Strums guitar ] This is so special to me tonight because both my daughters are in the audience, as well as my granddaughter, as well as my stepdaughter and my stepgrandson.
It's all family. This is for you.
[ Applause ] [ 'Love and Happiness' plays ] ♪ Here's a wishing well ♪ Here's a penny for ♪ Any thought it is ♪ That makes you smile ♪ Every diamond dream ♪ Everything that brings ♪ Love and happiness ♪ To your life ♪ Here's a rabbit's foot [ Applause ] -♪ Take it when you go ♪ So you'll always know ♪ You're safe from harm ♪ Wear your ruby shoes ♪ When you're far away ♪ So you'll always stay ♪ Home in your heart ♪ You will always have a lucky star ♪ ♪ That shines because of what you are ♪ ♪ Even in the deepest dark ♪ Because your aim is true ♪ And if I could only have one wish ♪ ♪ Darling, then it would be this ♪ ♪ Love and happiness for you ♪ Yes, if I could only have one wish ♪ ♪ Darling, then it would be this ♪ ♪ Love and happiness ♪ For you ♪♪ [ Applause ] -Trisha.
-Emmy, it is my honor to present this Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award to you, Miss Emmylou Harris.
[ Cheers and applause ] -Thank you, Trisha.
Thank you so much.
[ Cheers and applause ] Okay, well, I'm a singer, not a speaker, but I do have to say a few words.
And I'm still a little bit overwhelmed at being a part of this amazing group of people here being honored tonight.
I was thinking about when I was 16 back in high school, back in 1963 or 1964, and I heard the brilliant Joan Baez, and it changed my life.
I wanted to be her, and I got my first guitar.
My grandfather bought it for me in a pawn shop in Birmingham, Alabama, for $30.
It was a 'K.'
I learned three chords, baby, and I was on my way.
But never in a million years did I think that I was on my way to something as extraordinary as this.
I would've never gotten very far if it hadn't been for some very special people, especially in the beginning, that really taught me about making music, the joy of making music, the magic of making music, and I've been addicted to making music ever since.
I thank the Grammys so much.
I remember that first Grammy that was such a surprise back in 1976, and I thank them for putting in categories like contemporary folk so I could get more.
[ Laughter ] And now Americana. Thank you very much.
And I also want to give a shout-out to PBS because they are a shining light of sanity and light in a world that can be very chaotic.
Let's make sure we support them, and don't go away 'cause we need you.
Thank you very much.
[ Cheers and applause ] ♪♪ -Drum great Hal Blaine made music history as a leading man and chief timekeeper in the Wrecking Crew, the legendary studio band that dominated the West Coast recording scene in the '60s.
While backing artists like Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, and the Beach Boys, Blaine established himself as an extraordinarily gifted and prolific musician.
For example, between 1965 and 1970, Blaine worked on six consecutive Record of the Year Grammy-winning tracks, including 'Strangers in the Night' by Sinatra, 'Up, Up and Away' by the 5th Dimension, and 'Mrs. Robinson' by Simon & Garfunkel.
-♪ I hear the sound of a gentle word ♪ ♪ On the wind that lifts her perfume through the air ♪ -Ultimately, Blaine has graced 40 number-one hits, including 'Be My Baby' by the Ronettes, 'Mr. Tambourine Man' by the Byrds, 'Good Vibrations' by the Beach Boys, and 'The Way We Were' by Barbra Streisand, as well 150 top-10 hits and, as best he can calculate, 35,000 record tracks.
♪♪ Hal Blaine famously used a rubber stamp whenever he worked that read 'Hal Blaine Strikes Again!!' By any measure, Hal Blaine is a studio legend who has left a lasting mark and helped define his musical time.
-♪ Monday, Monday ♪ It's here to stay [ Cheers and applause ] -Please welcome 8-time Grammy Award-winner and 24-time nominee Herb Alpert.
[ Cheers and applause ] -Thank you very much.
Hal, all great artists have one thing in common -- their own voice, their own sound, and that's exactly what you have.
Your drums were tuned in a way that made them sound perfect for recording, and you walked into a session with a smile, wanting to know what the producer or the artist was hoping for, and you gave them that and much, much more.
In 1965, I wrote an arrangement for 'A Taste of Honey' for the Tijuana Brass.
And it had stopped twice in the middle, and you came up with this brilliant idea of using your bass drum to set the tempo for the next verse and to make a monster hit, which led to your first Record of the Year Award.
Here's a special message now from Hal, accepting the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.
-Well, Herb Alpert, I can't believe that here we are onstage and you're thanking me and I'm thanking you.
It's an amazing trip for me to even think, when I was a child, that I would ever even get in the music business.
And here I am, receiving my own Grammy.
What an incredible thrill for me after all of the Grammys that I've played on all these years.
I just want to say thank you, Mr. Portnow, and thank you to the Academy and thanks to the world out there and all my friends and family, and, of course, all of the fans.
Take care. I love you all.
I love everybody out there.
Thank you so much.
[ Cheers and applause ] ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ [ Cheers and applause ] -And now our musical director for tonight, Greg Phillinganes.
[ Cheers and applause ] -Hello.
Tonight, it's an honor for me to help the Recording Academy celebrate a lifetime of achievement by an extraordinary band leader, singer, songwriter, saxophone and piano player whose influence is as profound as it is enduring.
Louis Thomas Jordan became a crossover sensation known far and wide as 'The King of the Jukebox.'
Speaking of his work with his group, the Tympany Five, Louis once said, 'With my little band, I did everything they did with a big band.
I made the blues jump.'
Here's a look at a musical giant who helped make the good times roll for generations, Louis Jordan.
-Louis, I've always said you have the greatest band in the land.
-Thank you, Felix. Thank you.
-What I like about you, you're always the same.
Now, you put on just as fine a show right here in this living room as you would have if you'd been playing the Palace.
-Nothing's too good for my friends, Felix.
♪♪ -One of the biggest musical stars of the 1940s, Louis Jordan was a bandleader who stood at numerous musical crossroads, which helps explain how Jordan has been called the 'Father of R&B,' the 'Grandfather of Rock 'n' Roll,' and 'King of the Jukeboxes.'
Jordan was the son of James Aaron Jordan, an Arkansas music teacher and bandleader who worked with the Brinkley Brass Band and the Rabbit Foot Minstrels.
Louis Jordan played with his father and majored in music at Arkansas Baptist College before playing saxophone with jazz bands and swing orchestras for leaders including Chick Webb.
-♪ Have you met that little hussy? ♪ ♪ She can solid cut a rug ♪ She's a killer-diller, a jitterbug ♪ -By 1938, Jordan was ready to start his own band, the Tympany Five, serving up a swinging and witty mix of jazz and blues that would eventually help set the stage for rock 'n' roll and even rap.
The group's jumping jive was a sensational crowd-pleasing phenomenon.
Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five took 57 singles onto the R&B charts just in the '40s, 18 of them rising all the way to number one, including undeniable smashes like 'Choo Choo Ch'Boogie,' 'Ain't Nobody Here but Us Chickens,' 'Saturday Night Fish Fry,' 'Buzz Me,' 'Jack, You're Dead,' and 'GI Jive.'
♪ Buzz me, buzz me, buzz me, baby ♪ -Jordan died in 1975, but his influence has lived on through a wide range of bandleaders he influenced, from Little Richard, Chuck Berry, and Bill Haley to James Brown and Joe Jackson.
With his sly, groundbreaking, and timeless sound, Louis Jordan still keeps our world jumping to his enduring and glorious jive.
-♪ 1953 ♪♪ -Yes, yes.
It is my extreme pleasure to present this Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award for Louis Jordan to a celebrated actor and close friend of Louis' late widow Martha, as well as a distinguished Broadway star in his own right.
Ladies and gentlemen, Chapman Roberts.
[ Cheers and applause ] ♪♪ ♪♪ -During the course of my 50 years as a performer and choral arranger for the musical theater, I've been privileged to introduce to Broadway music previously thought to be suited only to make us dance, sing, laugh, cry, get drunk, and sometimes make babies.
In doing so, we created a worldwide phenomenon now known as the jukebox musicals.
The musical umbilical cord linking the 100-year legacy of black stars of the Great White Way and the Grammys is irrevocable.
On behalf of Paul and Diana Balfour and Martha and Louis Jordan, I proudly accept the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award for Louis Jordan, the undisputed King of the Jukebox and the Grandfather of Rock 'n' Roll.
[ Cheers and applause ] -Here to celebrate the music of Louis Jordan and let the good times roll, 12-time Grammy Award nominee Ledisi.
[ Cheers and applause ] [ 'Choo Choo Ch'Boogie' plays ] -Whoo!
♪♪ ♪ Heading for the station with a pack on my back ♪ ♪ I'm tired of transportation in the back of a hack ♪ ♪ I love to hear the rhythm of the clickity-clack ♪ ♪ And hear the lonesome whistle, see the smoke on the stack ♪ ♪ And pal around with democratic fellows named Mac ♪ ♪ So, take me right back to the track, Jack ♪ ♪ Choo choo, choo choo, ch'boogie ♪ ♪ Whoo-whoo, whoo-whoo, ch'boogie ♪ ♪ Choo choo, choo choo, ch'boogie ♪ ♪ Take me right back to the track, Jack ♪ Whoo!
Come on, now.
[ Rhythmic clapping ] Yeah.
♪♪ Yes, sir.
♪♪ ♪ You reach your destination, but alas and alack ♪ ♪ You need some compensation to get back to the black ♪ ♪ You take the morning paper from the top of the stack ♪ ♪ And read the situation from the front to the back ♪ ♪ The only job that's open needs a man with a knack ♪ ♪ Take me right back to the track, Jack ♪ ♪ Choo choo, choo choo, ch'boogie ♪ ♪ Whoo-whoo, whoo-whoo, ch'boogie ♪ ♪ Choo choo, choo choo, ch'boogie ♪ ♪ Take me right back to the track, Jack ♪ ♪ Oh ♪ Whoo, whoa-whoa [ Scatting ] ♪ Take me right back to the track, Jack ♪ ♪♪ [ Cheers and applause ] Come on. Let me see you.
Come on, everybody.
Let's give it up for Louis.
Y'all better play. Y'all, come on, now.
[ 'Let the Good Times Roll' plays ] Hey! Here we go, now.
♪ Hey, everybody, let's have some fun ♪ ♪ You only live but once ♪ And when you're dead, you're done ♪ ♪ Let the good times roll ♪ Yeah ♪ Let the good times roll ♪ Don't care if you're young or old, baby ♪ ♪ Get together, let the good times roll, yeah ♪ ♪ Hey ♪ Hey, tell everybody ♪ Ledisi's in town ♪ I got a dollar and a quarter, and I'm ready to clown ♪ ♪ Ah, but don't let nobody play me cheap ♪ ♪ I got 50 cents more that I'm gonna keep ♪ ♪ Let the good times roll ♪ Oh, yeah, let the good times roll, yeah ♪ ♪ Whoo!
♪ Don't care if you're young or old ♪ [ Scatting ] ♪ Yeah, yeah ♪ Oh ♪ No matter whether it's rainy weather ♪ ♪ Birds of a feather gotta stick together ♪ ♪ Yeah ♪ So get yourself under control ♪ ♪ Oh, let the good times ♪ Ro-o-o-ll ♪♪ [ Cheers and applause ] Thank you.
[ Cheers and applause continue ] -What about that Ledisi. What?
I was like, 'What?'
I was in the back... [ Laughter ] And now we honor a woman who has truly rocked our world, Tina Turner.
[ Cheers and applause ] Whoo!
I've been a fan forever.
Here's a look at a woman who has triumphed over so much and is still winning, the great Tina Turner.
[ Cheers and applause ] -♪ I met a gin-soaked bar-room man in Memphis ♪ -Born Anna Mae Bullock in Nutbush, Tennessee, Tina Turner went on to become one of the most charismatic performers in music history and an international superstar recording artist.
Turner's early star power was undeniable during her time as the front woman of the Ike & Tina Turner Revue in the late '50s.
She became a soulful sensation on the R&B circuit, hitting the airwaves hard from 'A Fool in Love' in 1960 to the Grammy-winning cover of 'Proud Mary' in 1971.
Then even more after divorcing Ike in the 1970s, Tina went on to rebuild herself as an even bigger and better solo success story.
-♪ I'm ♪ So in love with you ♪ Whatever you want to do -Working with manager Roger Davies, Turner became an inspiring figure by redefining herself as a rock goddess with one of the most remarkable comebacks ever.
Released when she was 44, Turner's album was both critically acclaimed and a worldwide smash that set the template for her second coming as an empowered and empowering woman in music ever since.
-Grammy goes to... -And the Record of the Year is... -'What's Love Got to Do with It.'
-'What's Love Got to Do with It' -- Tina Turner.
-♪ What's love got to do, got to do with it? ♪ ♪ Who needs a heart when a heart can be broken? ♪ -Her life story would be famously told in the 1993 biopic 'What's Love Got to Do with It' and this year in a new musical called 'Tina: The Musical.'
Turner, who performed with Beyoncé at the Grammys in 2008, as well as winning an award that year, has retired from touring.
Yet by any standard, Tina Turner remains an iconic artist who is, to quote one of her many smash hits, simply the best.
-♪ Oh, you're the best [ Cheers and applause ] -Accepting her Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award from Europe, the one and only Tina Turner.
[ Cheers and applause ] -Hi, everybody.
It was during this time in 1983 that I recorded my album Many, many wonderful things happened to me and to my career during this time, but it was the night of the Grammy Awards that my album which that showed me that I had been accepted by the music industry.
I would like to thank some people -- all my fans for their support then and now, and to my manger Roger Davies and my husband, Erwin Bach, and everyone at EMI Records around the world and all the promoters.
But a special thanks to the Recording Academy for this very special honor.
I thank you.
-Here to honor the music legacy of Miss Tina Turner, one of the most exciting new voices in music today, Sheléa.
[ 'What's Love Got to Do with It' plays ] ♪♪ ♪ You must understand though the touch of your hand ♪ ♪ Makes my pulse react ♪ That it's only the thrill of boy meeting girl ♪ ♪ Opposites attract ♪ It's physical ♪ Only logical ♪ You must try to ignore that it means more than that, ohh ♪ ♪ What's love got to do, got to do with it? ♪ ♪ What's love but a secondhand emotion? ♪ ♪ What's love got to do, got to do with it? ♪ ♪ Who needs a heart when a heart can be broken? ♪ ♪ Oh, oh, got to do with it ♪ Oh, but a sweet old-fashioned notion ♪ ♪ What's love got to do, got to do with it? ♪ ♪ Who needs a heart when a heart can be broken? ♪ [ Cheers and applause ] [ 'Proud Mary' plays ] Y'all know what this is.
[ Audience cheering ] So I'm gonna start this song nice and easy.
But I'm gonna finish it nice and rough.
'Cause that's just how we do.
You hear me?
Listen to the story.
♪ Left a good job in the city ♪ Workin' for the man every night and day ♪ ♪ And I never lost one minute of sleepin' ♪ ♪ Worryin' 'bout the things that might have been ♪ ♪ Big wheels keep on turnin' ♪ Proud Mary keep on burnin' ♪ And we're rollin' -♪ Rollin' -♪ Rollin', yeah -♪ Rollin' -♪ Rollin' on the river Y'all don't hear me out there.
♪ Said we're rollin' -♪ Rollin' -♪ Rolling, yeah -♪ Rollin' -♪ Rollin' on the river -♪ Rollin' on the river -Three, four!
♪ I left a good job in the city ♪ ♪ Workin' for the man every night and day ♪ ♪ And I never lost one minute of sleepin' ♪ ♪ Worryin' 'bout the way things might have been ♪ ♪ Big wheels keep on turnin' -♪ Turnin' ♪ Proud Mary keep on burnin' ♪ We're rollin', rollin', rollin' on the river ♪ ♪ We're rollin', rollin', rollin' on the river ♪ ♪ Do-do-do-do, do-do-do-do, do-do-do-do ♪ ♪♪ ♪ Hey, rollin', rollin' ♪ Rollin' -♪ Rollin' on the river -♪ Do-do-do-do-do -♪ Rollin' -♪ Rollin' -♪ Rollin' -♪ Rollin' -♪ Rollin' on the river -♪ Hey, hey, hey ♪ Do-do-do-do, do-do-do-do, do-do-do-do ♪ Come on.
♪♪ ♪ Ohhhh ♪ Ye-e-e-e-ah Whoo!
Hey, but, Miss Tina, there's only one more thing we can tell you that sums it up.
Come on. -Three, four!
-♪ You're simply the best ♪ Better than all the rest ♪ Better than anyone ♪ Anyone I ever met ♪ Oh, I'm stuck on your heart, baby ♪ ♪ I hang on every word you say ♪ Tear us apart, no, no, no ♪ Baby, I would rather be dead ♪ Hey ♪ Each time you leave me, I start losin' control ♪ ♪ You're walking away with my heart and my soul ♪ ♪ I can feel you even when I'm alone ♪ ♪ Oh, baby, don't let go ♪ You're simply the best ♪ Better than all the rest Let me hear you sing it.
♪ Better than anyone ♪ Anyone I ever met ♪ Oh, I'm stuck on your heart, baby ♪ ♪ I hang on every word you say ♪ Tear us apart, no, no, baby ♪ Baby, I would rather be dead ♪ Simply the best ♪♪ ♪♪ [ Cheers and applause ] Thank you.
-Ladies and gentlemen, the music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Grammy Award-winner Gustavo Dudamel.
[ Cheers and applause ] -Hello.
The world knows John Williams is a truly great artist.
[ Applause ] More than anyone else on Earth, John has literally composed the soundtrack of our lives.
Growing up in Venezuela, I remember being a child, seeing and hearing in 'Star Wars,' 'ET,' 'Indiana Jones.'
So when I got the call to go to John's house to work on 'Star Wars,' I thought this was what you call in America April Fool's joke.
[ Laughter ] But this was no trick.
This was a dream come true.
Before I ever met him, John Williams was a god to me.
And yet, when I got to know John, I discover he's still a humble and generous man who lives his life in service of the music.
Here is a look at a musical giant, John Williams.
[ Applause ] [ 'Star Wars' theme plays ] [ Cheers and applause ] ♪♪ -The 'Star Wars' series, 'Jaws,' 'Close Encounters of the Third Kind,' the 'Indiana Jones' films, 'ET the Extra-Terrestrial,' 'Jurassic Park,' 'Schindler's List.'
Having composed many of the most unforgettable movie scores of all time, the acclaimed and prolific John Williams has been firmly established as one of the most successful and beloved composers of our time, yet that's just part of the success story of this great American composer, conductor, and pianist.
Williams was born in New York City, the son of a percussionist who played with the CBS Radio orchestra.
After studying for a time at Juilliard, he played piano in New York jazz clubs and as a Hollywood studio pianist on scores like 'Some Like It Hot,' 'West Side Story,' and 'To Kill a Mockingbird.'
[ 'Jurassic Park' theme plays ] Beyond having written over 100 scores for the big screen and composed familiar themes for television, he has also composed many classical concertos and other works for orchestral ensembles and solo instruments.
Williams served as the Boston Pops principle conductor from 1980 to 1993 and is currently the orchestra's laureate conductor.
Williams honors' are far too numerous to mention, but let it be said they include 24 Grammy Awards, making him one of the top Grammy winners of all time, most recently winning for Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media for 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' at the 59th Grammy Awards.
♪♪ [ Cheers and applause ] -And here to celebrate the music of John Williams, a quartet of principles from our Los Angeles Philharmonic.
But first, the American Youth Symphony with composer Dave Newman conducting and violinist Anne Akiko Meyers.
[ Applause ] ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ [ Cheers and applause ] ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ [ Tempo increases ] ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ [ Tempo slows ] ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ [ Applause ] On behalf of the Recording Academy, it is my great pleasure to present the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award to my hero and friend John Williams.
[ Cheers and applause ] -Oh, thank you very much.
[ Cheers and applause ] Thank you so much.
Thank you very much.
Gustavo and colleagues, thank you so very, very much.
And huge thanks to the Recording Academy for this very special honor.
I've been fortunate enough to receive a number of these little lovely things, but this one will hold a very special place among the things that I treasure most.
And also, I'd like to say, for a composer, at least in my case, all I can do is put dots on paper, and it takes the virtuosity of a great orchestra to animate the music and bring it to life.
So this Grammy, it truly belongs to the men and women of the brilliant orchestras that I've been privileged to work with for so many years.
Thanks to -- thanks to all of them and to all of you.
Thank you very, very much, indeed.
This is wonderful. Thank you.
[ Applause ] -The Technical Grammy is awarded to those individuals who have made groundbreaking and influential contributions of technical excellence and innovation to the field of recording.
♪♪ -This year's winner are Tony Agnello and Richard Factor for their work on audio-effects devices.
[ Applause ] -And now, please welcome to the stage, the president and CEO of the Recording Academy, Mr. Neil Portnow.
[ Cheers and applause ] -On behalf of the Recording Academy, thank you for being a part of this remarkable night.
Tonight, as we celebrate so many musical giants who have graced our lives, we also honor those who, right now, are inspiring the next generation of musicians.
Presented by the Recording Academy and the Grammy Museum, our Music Educator Award was established five years ago to recognize current educators who have made a significant and lasting contribution to the field of music education and who demonstrate a commitment to the broader cause of maintaining music education in our schools.
It's now my honor to present the 2018 Music Educator Award to Melissa Salguero.
[ Cheers and applause ] ♪♪ ♪♪ [ Cheers and applause ] ♪♪ -[ Laughs ] Oh, wow.
Wow. Thank you so much.
I want to share a short story.
When I was little, I'd sit with my father in his office, and we'd listen to Harry Chapin all night.
One song will always stick with me, and it changed my life forever -- 'Flowers Are Red.'
It's a song about a student painting colorful flowers and two very different teachers.
The first teacher insists that flowers are red and reprimands the student for drawing the wrong colors.
But the second teacher encourages the student to use all the colors in the rainbow.
And by following the second teacher, the student's able to grow and flourish.
Every time I hear that song, I'm reminded that the goal of teaching isn't to make my students who want them to be.
The goal is to help them discover who they are.
It's giving them blank canvas and creating something beautiful together.
Music education goes beyond playing the right notes.
It fosters creativity and cultivates a climate of critical thinking.
Music speaks to our souls.
It connects us all and makes us human.
And it is my hope that, as you see music programs being cut throughout our nation, that your voices are the ones that rise up.
And let your voice be heard, because music and the arts should be a part of every child's education.
[ Cheers and applause ] Whew!
I'd like to thank my parents for always nurturing my creativity and my partner, Tess, for accepting me.
I love you.
And thank you for showing me the deepest love that I've ever felt.
I'd like to thank... [ Applause ] ...the Recording Academy and the Grammy Museum for all you do to support music education and showing my students in the Bronx that if you work hard, dream big, and never give up, you can achieve anything.
Thank you so much.
[ Cheers and applause ] -Tonight, I am thrilled that the Recording Academy is saluting one of New Orleans' greatest, funkiest, and most enduring musical gifts to the world.
Here's a look at the legacy of a group that's influenced countless musicians, including this one, the Meters.
[ Cheers and applause ] -The Meters were one of the greatest, funkiest bands from New Orleans or anywhere in the world.
♪♪ -The Meters -- front man Art Neville, drummer Joseph 'Zigaboo' Modeliste, percussionist-vocalist Cyril Neville, guitarist Leo Nocentelli, and bassist George Porter Jr. -- brought their distinctive flavor and funk to the world of music.
Over the years, the Meters managed to leave their mark both as an in-demand backing band in New Orleans and as an influential recording act in their own right, starting in 1967.
♪♪ With undeniable songs like 'Chicken Strut,' 'Good Old Funky Music,' and 'Cissy Strut,' which was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2011, the Meters forged a place as forefathers of funk.
Their soulful chops were world-class, which helps explain why legendary producer Allen Toussaint called upon them to serve as a house band for everyone from Lee Dorsey and Dr. John to Labelle and Paul McCartney.
The Meters' earthy sound traveled far and wide.
For instance, the group opened for the Rolling Stones in America and Europe.
And joined by George and Amos Landry, the group explored their roots, appearing on the more traditional Mardi Gras masterpiece 'The Wild Tchoupitoulas,' released in 1976.
Sadly, the Meters split in 1977, though there would be many subsequent reformations with assorted personnel and much sampling by hip-hop artists.
Even here and now, their timeless strut continues to funkify our lives.
♪♪ -Please welcome Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winners the Meters.
[ Cheers and applause ] -Hiyah! -Yah!
♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ [ Cheers and applause ] [ 'Fire on the Bayou' plays ] ♪♪ [ Rhythmic clapping ] ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ -♪ Fire -♪ Fire on the bayou -♪ People, let me hear you say -♪ Fire on the bayou -♪ Little bit louder, say -♪ Fire on the bayou -♪ One more time, say -♪ Fire on the bayou -♪ Down in New Orleans, in Lucky's din ♪ ♪ He wouldn't deal for 1/5 of gin ♪ ♪ One dude wanted a bottle of wine ♪ -♪ Bottle of wine -♪ Hit that dude for a dollar and a dime ♪ ♪ Fire, the bayou -♪ Fire on the bayou -♪ Oh, shout it and holler, now ♪ -♪ Fire on the bayou -♪ You got to take a little toke ♪ -♪ Take a little toke -♪ On your smoke -♪ On your smoke -♪ Buy yourself a little bit of wine ♪ ♪ Cool, cool wine -♪ Cool, cool wine -♪ Goin' down your throat -♪ Goin' down your throat -♪ Don't try to tell me it don't make you feel real fine ♪ ♪ Fire, the bayou -♪ Fire on the bayou ♪ Fire on the bayou -♪ Do like you wanna -♪ Fire on the bayou ♪ Fire on the bayou ♪♪ -♪ Come on, light your fire, now ♪ ♪ Come on, do like you wanna ♪ Light your fire now -♪ Ow -♪ Do like you wanna ♪ Light your fire now ♪ Do you like you wanna -♪ Come on, now -♪ Light your fire now ♪♪ ♪♪ [ Cheers and applause ] -Oh-ho-ho.
Oh, my goodness.
You guys. G.P.
[ Chuckles ] Oh, my goodness.
I believe I done died and gone to heaven.
It is my distinct honor to present the Recording Academy's Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award to my brothers, the Meters!
Accepting for Art Neville is his son Ian right there.
[ Cheers and applause ] -What a show, huh, tonight.
First, I want to thank the Grammy Recording Academy for giving us, the Meters, this prestigious award.
I also want to thank my comrades, Zig, George, Cyril, and Art Neville.
And especially Art because he's not here.
Art wasn't able to make the trip.
And I want to thank my daughter Tori. She's over there.
If you had a -- Stand up, girl.
[ Laughs ] And, lastly, I want to thank Pesuky, my wife of 47 years.
Without her, I probably would've wound up being a garbage-truck driver, so I want to send a special thanks out to you, Pesuky.
[ Applause ] -Oh, wow. Thank you, thank you.
First, thank anybody and everybody who had anything to do with me receiving this award tonight.
This is a once-in-a-lifetime moment for me, and half of this award belongs to my big brother 'Papa Funk' Art Neville.
-'Cause no him, no me.
Again, I'd like to thank these guys standing back here.
That's not just the other cats in the band.
That's my family.
[ Applause ] -Thank you very much for having us here and for giving us this nice piece of history.
I have to really thank my lovely old lady, Miss Aralean Porter, who -- -Yeah.
-Who passed away in November of last year, a month and one day short of our 51st wedding anniversary.
But her and my mother and my little brother are standing up there.
I know they're smiling, you know, and I feel that weight on my right shoulder like somebody's sitting there.
You know what I'm saying?
You know, 'Don't mess up, Porter.'
But I have to thank these gentlemen, but most of all, Mr. Arthur L. Neville Jr., who's not with us here tonight, but it was dream he had.
He called all of us individually and then brought us into the fold and said, 'You know something?
We should do something with this.'
And it was wonderful.
Thank you very much for giving us this award.
[ Applause ] -I want to say thank you all for coming out.
It's a beautiful crowd tonight.
Very special thanks to the Academy, of which I am a member.
[ Applause ] And very special thanks to my lovely wife and my daughter, who's hear with me tonight.
[ Applause ] And lastly, I want a special thanks out to Art Neville, who gave me my first professional job as a musician, even though he knew I didn't know how to play drums.
[ Laughter ] And thanks to all of you.
And if I'm lucky, I'll see you again.
[ Cheers and applause ] -Just on behalf of my dad, Art Neville, this is a very special honor.
I know he wishes he could've made this trip.
And thanks to all the Recording Academy folks and all that.
And a special thanks to these badasses back here for doing what they do for 50-plus years.
[ Cheers and applause ] -Please welcome Grammy Award winner Henry Rollins.
[ Cheers and applause ] -Good evening!
Seymour Stein is not your average veteran record-industry asset.
He is the ultimate visionary indie hearts and minds music executive of all time.
In his autobiography, 'Siren Song,' Seymour shows us the music business and life itself is often far more political and complicated than most executives would ever confess.
At the beginning of the book, I noticed that Seymour used a word to describe himself that really connected with me -- 'fanatic.'
That's so cool.
Here's a look at a true music fanatic who has spent his life fighting for freaks like me and possibly you -- the great Seymour Stein.
[ Cheers and applause ] ♪♪ -The visionary co-founder and chairman of Sire Records, Seymour Stein has helped bring a wide range of significant and often groundbreaking recording artists to our music world, including the Ramones, the Talking Heads, the Pretenders, Madonna, Seal, The Cure, Ice-T, and Depeche Mode.
-♪ You must be my lucky star ♪ 'Cause you shine on me wherever you are ♪ -Born in Brooklyn, Stein began his life in music working Billboard's famous charts while still a teenager.
Soon, the future record executive was interning and later working at King Records in Cincinnati in the late '50s and early '60s, as well as Red Bird Records in New York.
♪♪ Stein and famed pop and rock producer Richard Gottehrer formed Sire Productions in 1966, which evolved into a record label in 1968.
Early on, Sire had success with Climax Blues Band and Focus, but by the mid-'70s, the label was changing the game by signing and breaking punk, new wave, and alternative artists.
Many of these artists have credited Stein with playing a huge part in bringing their talent to a listening world.
For instance, as Pretenders leader Chrissie Hynde once said, 'Without Seymour, I'd still be a cocktail waitress in Akron.'
♪♪ [ Cheers and applause ] -Seymour, thank you for being the kind of record man who makes music history.
And now, by the fanatic power vested in me by the Recording Academy tonight, I am honored to present this Special Merit Award to the one, the only Seymour Stein.
[ Cheers and applause ] ♪♪ ♪♪ [ Cheers and applause ] -Oh, thank you.
What am I doing here?
I can't hold a tune, but that never stopped me from bursting into song.
No, I'm not a recording artist, musician, songwriter, or producer.
That's what Grammys are usually presented for.
The news of being honored by the Recording Academy was an unexpected surprise.
That makes the Trustee's Award all the more special to me.
I'd like to dedicate the Grammy to the memory of my daughter Samantha and to my -- and to my daughter Mandy.
[ Cheers and applause ] Sire Records and all my running around the world in search of talent made me an absentee father, and for that, I do have sincere regrets.
Mandy is here today along with Samantha's beautiful daughter, Dora.
My dear sister Ann and brother-in-law are also here.
And it's from Ann's radio in the bedroom that we both shared in Brooklyn that I first got turned on to music at the age of 5 or 6.
Looking back, after 61 years in music, over 51 at Sire, I'm overwhelmed by this honor.
I lived through many changes and ups and downs in music, and I'm still here to tell the tale.
Above all, music has been here and will always be here.
It's part of our everyday lives, and most people can't live without it.
Again, from the bottom of my heart, many thanks for this great honor.
[ Cheers and applause ] Thank you. Thank you all.
[ Cheers and applause ] -Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome Grammy-winning rock legend Sammy Hagar.
[ Cheers and applause ] -Hello. [ Chuckles ] Well, the music business is full of many things, not all of which can be mentioned on TV, not even PBS.
But I'm here tonight because music is definitely full of truly great characters.
And tonight, I'm happy to help honor one of the greatest characters ever in music and a man who changed the game forever as a concert promoter, as a manager, and, first and foremost, as a powerful, tasteful force of nature who truly rocked our world.
And so tonight, the Recording Academy is rightly celebrating the life and work of the late, great Mr. Bill Graham.
[ Cheers and applause ] When I put out my second album, a last-minute break came when I landed a gig opening for Kiss on what was going to be the first of 10 nights of the Rock and Roll Over Tour.
And this was all supposed to begin at Madison Square Garden in New York, which New York is Kiss' hometown.
And I was pretty unknown in New York at the time, so -- probably still am.
So maybe I shouldn't have been too surprised when the crowd just started booing my ass even before I walked out onstage.
Like, 'Ladies and gentlemen, Sammy Ha--' [ Imitating loud booing ] You know, so, I'm going, 'Man.'
So, things got worse, and there I stood with the 20,000 New Yorkers in Kiss makeup throwing things at me, flipping me off, just flipping off this dude from San Francisco that they didn't even want to talk about.
And let the record show that I did not handle the situation well.
First, I said, 'I'm happy they flew in this special audience for me from Los Angeles.'
I said it.
And that's when the New York fans, Kiss fans, they started charging the stage and... I did what seemed like the only logical thing, and I said -- threw them an F-bomb, dropped my pants, and, perhaps, the stupidest thing, I smashed up my 1961 Telecaster guitar.
[ Audience groans ] I walked off the stage and off the tour.
So, anyway, I'm pretty sure there are still people in New York in makeup who are still mad at me about that night, but it took Bill Graham to finally set me straight.
When he saw me, Bill gave me one of the most important lectures of my life.
For more than 40 years, a few tequilas later, I still remember Bill telling me the truth of the matter.
He said, 'Hey, Sammy, what the hell are you doing?
It's not their job to win you over.
It's your job to win them over.'
The guy, he cared.
He cared about artists like me who were just starting.
He really did. So looking back, I think Bill Graham always did whatever it took, and eventually, he taught generations of us to try and follow his kick-ass example for how to succeed in the music business while really trying, which I've done ever since.
Bill Graham was gone way too soon, but not before this powerhouse of a man made a world of difference to me and to many others who were lucky enough to stand on his stages.
-I was very fortunate to have come along for this particular era, at the right time, in the right place.
San Francisco was the virgin grounds for the new open, extroverted, joyful living.
-♪ When the truth is found to be lies ♪ -As a concert promoter and artist manager, Bill Graham played a leading part in shaping the modern touring business and the scale and manner in which contemporary music could be presented.
Born Wolfgang Grajonca in Berlin on January 8, 1931, he escaped the Nazis and was raised in New York by foster parents.
Moving to California's Bay Area with dreams of becoming an actor, Graham instead became a leading character in the San Francisco scene of the late '60s, booking virtually all the significant acts of the era at the Fillmore West and other venues.
-♪ Stand up next to a mountain ♪♪ -By 1968, Graham had opened the Fillmore East in New York.
Soon, 'Bill Graham Presents' became a familiar banner for many of the biggest tours and events in music history.
He went on to promote national tours by rock superstars like Bob Dylan and The Rolling Stones and manage acts including Santana and the Neville Brothers.
He presented 'The Last Waltz' at the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco in 1975.
In the '80s, Graham also played significant roles in major charitable and humanitarian music events like Live Aid in 1985 and the Amnesty International tours.
-♪ Dance to the music -Before his death in a 1991 helicopter accident, Graham even lived out his other dream, appearing in the films 'Apocalypse Now,' 'Bugsy,' and 'The Doors.'
But in all he did, Bill Graham managed to play a significant part bringing a few generations all the excitement of the rock revolution.
♪♪ [ Cheers and applause ] -Tonight, on behalf of the Recording Academy, it is my great honor to present this Special Merit Award for Bill Graham to two people who were very special to him -- Bill's sons David and Alex Graham, in the house.
[ Applause ] ♪♪ ♪♪ -If you talked to anyone who went to a Bill Graham show, they might not remember exactly what happened, but they can tell you exactly how they felt.
As an impresario, Dad's core philosophy was, 'How would I want to be treated if I bought a ticket?'
He believed that everything evolved from there.
Through that lens, Bill Graham presented every facet of the shows as an art form to complement the talent onstage.
When you stepped into a place like the Fillmore, you were stepping into his home.
-This is remarkable, considering he was orphaned by the horrors of war.
Arriving in America as a 10-year-old refugee, he had nothing -- no family, no home, no identity.
Everything about Bill Graham was self-made, even his own name, which he chose for himself out of a Bronx phonebook.
He continued to be an innovator throughout his life, which makes one wonder, what would Bill Graham be up to today?
We have a few ideas.
After his successful bid to bring the Olympic Games to the Bay Area, Bill Graham becomes California's next governor.
[ Laughter ] -The Grateful Dead becomes the first band to play in space.
Not play 'Space.' Play in space.
-And they headline the first festival on the Moon.
Bill Graham and Perry Farrell present, 'Lunarpalooza.'
[ Laughter ] To the Academy, a heartfelt thank you for honoring our father and acknowledging the significance of his impact on the American musical and culture landscape.
It was on the backs of people like Dad that America was built.
-And to our extended family of people who worked, fought, cried, laughed, and loved with Dad, thank you for everything you continue to do all these years later that allows him to rest in peace.
Thanks a lot.
[ Applause ] [ 'Right Now' plays ] ♪♪ -Oh, yeah.
Right now, my buddy Michael Anthony's in the house.
[ Laughs ] We'd like to play this Van Halen classic in memory of Bill Graham, all right?
Right now is a celebration of reality.
♪♪ ♪♪ ♪ Don't wanna wait till tomorrow ♪ ♪ Why put it off another day?
♪ One more walk through problems ♪ ♪ Built up and stand in our way ♪ Come on!
♪ One step ahead, one step behind me ♪ ♪ Now you gotta run to get even ♪ ♪ Make future plans, don't dream about yesterday ♪ ♪ Come on, turn I need you.
♪ Turn this thing around -♪ Right now -♪ Hey ♪ It's your tomorrow -♪ Right now -♪ Come on, it's everything -♪ Right now -♪ Catch your magic moment ♪ Do it right here and now ♪ It means everything ♪ Miss the beat, you lose the rhythm ♪ ♪ Nothing falls into place ♪ Only missed by a fraction ♪ Slipped a little off your pace ♪ ♪ The more things you get, the more you want ♪ Sing with me.
♪ Trade in one for the other ♪ Workin' so hard trying make it easy ♪ ♪ Trying to turn ♪ Turn ♪ Turn this thing around -♪ Right now -♪ Hey ♪ It's your tomorrow -♪ Right now -♪ Come on, it's everything -♪ Right now -♪ Catch your magic moment ♪ Do it right here and now ♪ Tonight means everything ♪ It's enlightened me ♪ Right now ♪ What are we waiting for?
♪ Oh, yeah, baby ♪ Turn this thing around ♪ Right now Whoo!
[ Guitar solo ] ♪♪ ♪♪ -♪ Right now -♪ Hey, it's your tomorrow -♪ Right now -♪ Come on, it's everything -♪ Right now -♪ Get your magic moment ♪ Do it right here and now -♪ Right now -♪ Oh ♪ Right now ♪ It's what's happening, yeah ♪ The right here and now ♪ Right now ♪ Ooh, right now ♪♪ ♪ Tell me ♪ What are we waiting for?
♪ What are we waiting for?
♪ Tomorrow's too far away ♪ Tomorrow is too far away ♪ Hey!
♪ Do it, do it ♪ Do it, do it, do it ♪ Ahh, ohh, baby ♪ Come on ♪ Right now ♪ Right now, right now ♪ Right now ♪ Right now, right now Yeah.
[ Cheers and applause ] -Yeah!
-I'd like to think that I'm just -- I'm a songwriter.
I just like writing different songs every time, and I hate repeating the same...as well.
-♪ Buddy, you're a boy, make a big noise ♪ ♪ Playing in the street, gonna big a big man some day ♪ ♪ You got mud your face, you big disgrace ♪ -Queen -- bassist John Deacon, guitarist Brian May, front man Freddie Mercury, and drummer Roger Taylor -- formed in London in 1971.
By mid-decade, the band had become known far and wide as true musical royalty and musical champions on a global scale.
Queen's success story built gradually with 1973's debut and both in 1974.
But with 1975's the band and producer Roy Thomas Baker took a great leap forward with the expansive single 'Bohemian Rhapsody,' particularly reflecting the group's wild ambition and winning wit, becoming a groundbreaking promotional video, as well.
-♪ Ahh -♪ Anybody -Queen's wild run of hits continued with and in 1977.
In the years that followed, Queen would evolve, reflecting the times.
For instance, the disco-influenced 'Another One Bites The Dust' from 1980's became the band's best-selling American hit ever.
Queen also famously stole the show at Live Aid from Wembley Stadium in 1985.
-♪ The years belie ♪ We lived a lie -Tragically, in November 1991, Freddie Mercury announced to the world he had AIDS and died the very next day.
Yet such is the strength of Queen's music that the band's legacy has lived on spectacularly in many ways, including through the continuing live performances by May and Taylor to this day.
The record is clear that Queen will rock us.
♪♪ -Now accepting for Queen, Brian May and Roger Taylor.
-Hi, this is Brian and Roger from Queen.
We would like to sincerely thank the Academy for the great honor of a Lifetime Achievement Award.
Hopefully my lifetime is not quite over yet, but we shall enjoy the award.
Thank you so much. It's a great honor.
-Thank you, and we will enjoy the future better for it.
Thank you very much.
[ Cheers and applause ] ♪♪ -This is for my friends in Queen.
Freddie Mercury, rock in peace, my brother.
[ Cheers and applause ] [ 'We Will Rock You' plays ] ♪♪ ♪ Buddy, you're a boy, make a big noise ♪ ♪ Playing in the street, gonna be a big man some day ♪ ♪ You got mud on your face, you big disgrace ♪ ♪ Kicking that can all over the place ♪ ♪ Singing we will, we will rock you ♪ Whoo! Give it up!
-♪ We will, we will rock you -Yeah!
♪ Buddy, you're a young man, grown man ♪ ♪ Shooting in the streets, gonna take on the world some day ♪ ♪ You got blood on your face, you big disgrace ♪ ♪ Waving your banner all over the place ♪ ♪ Singing we will, we will rock you ♪ -♪ We will, we will rock you -Yeah!
♪ I said, 'Buddy, you're an old man, poor man' ♪ ♪ Pleading in your eyes, gonna make you some peace some day ♪ ♪ You got mud on your face, you big disgrace ♪ ♪ Somebody gotta put you back into your place ♪ ♪ We will, we will rock you I can't hear you in the balcony.
-♪ We will, we will rock you -♪ Oh, yeah -♪ We will, we will rock you -Hey! Hey!
-♪ We will, we will rock you ♪♪ -Whoo! Unh!
♪♪ Hey, hey, hey!
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[ Cheers and applause ] -God bless you. Thank you.
Thank the Grammys. It's a wonderful organization.
PBS -- wonderful organization.
Yes. Thank you.
Great band. Whoo!
[ Cheers and applause ] ♪♪