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COVID-19: Michael Jackson’s estate makes sizable donations to MusiCares and others

The funds will be given as three $100,000 donations to two arts-related charities and a food bank in Las Vegas.

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  • The funds will be distributed in the amount of $100,000 each to MusiCares, Three Square Food Bank and Broadway Cares.
  • State Executors said the donations are inspired by Michael’s ‘legendary generosity’.

In the spirit of the Michael Jackson’s philanthropic efforts, the singer’s estate have declared intentions to contribute a total of $300,000, split equally between three different funds and charities, to help the different communities affected by COVID-19. Amongst them are MusiCares (a charitable division of the The Recording Academy / GRAMMYs), Broadway Cares, and the Three Square Food Bank of Las Vegas, Nevada.

Jackson’s estate is managed by his longtime attorney John Branca and John McClain. In a joint statement, they shared: “This virus strikes at the heart of the communities we are close to”.

We learned today that the legendary Manu Dibango passed away from the virus. Other performers and support staff in music and on Broadway are sick or have been left without work and are facing an uncertain future”. Jackson sampled Dibango’s 1972 hit “Soul Makossa” is in one of his most popular songs, “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin'”.

Speaking on their heart behind the food bank donations, the state executors continued: “…in Las Vegas, which has been so welcoming to Michael Jackson, the entire city has been shut down leaving thousands of workers and their families devastated and without an income”.

Vegas is a city closely connected to Michael. He was previously a resident and frequent visitor of the entertainment attraction. The estate’s $100,000 donation will help the city’s Three Square Food Bank, the largest in the state, provide 300,000 meals to the community.

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Broadway Cares, another one of the companies the estate is donating to, is a leading non-profit organization based in New York that finances the The Actors Fund – in support of their initiatives to fight against AIDS across the US. In response to COVID-19, Broadway Cares have launched an Emergency Assistance Fund to help affected workers in the broadway industry (on and offstage) – by helping with access to healthcare and other financial assistance. Jackson’s estate joins an array of producers on Broadway who have committed to match donations to Broadway Cares of up to $1million to help expand the fund.

Tom Viola, Executive Director of Broadway Cares expressed much gratitude for the donation from Jackson’s team, responding: “With every passing day that theaters remain dark, entertainment and performing arts professionals face unprecedented and immediate challenges”.

This incredibly generous donation from the Michael Jackson Estate will help ensure those onstage

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This incredibly generous donation from the Michael Jackson Estate will help ensure those onstage, backstage and behind the scenes get lifesaving health care, emergency financial assistance and counseling during and after this crisis.”

Last of the three donations will be to the GRAMMYs’ MusiCares relief fund – for working musicians that may have lost work and income as a result of the restrictions in place to bring COVID-19 to an end, heavily plummeting the touring industry (with countless concert and event cancelations globally). This is, of course, a cause that was undeniably close to home for Michael Jackson who was a frequent touring artist – along with his team of singers, musicians, management staff and production crew.

Michael’s spirit of generosity and helping others during his lifetime is legendary. These donations are inspired by him.” said Branca and McClain.

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2021 Grammy Awards: Winners List

The 63rd annual Grammy Awards took place at LA’s Convention Center, with no live audience. Beyoncé now holds the record for the most Grammy wins by any singer and any female artist in history.

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Trevor Noah hosts the 2021 Grammy Awards | Photo Credit: CBS / The Recording Academy
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  • The 63rd annual award show took place at LA’s Convention Center, with no live audience
  • Beyoncé now holds the record for the most Grammy wins by any singer and any female artist in history
 

After postponing the event from January 31st to March 14th due to COVID-19, the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards took place this past Sunday night. Telecasting live from Downtown Los Angeles on CBS, the event mostly took place outdoors at the LA Convention Center, allowing them to use the Staples Center (the GRAMMYs’ usual venue) as a visual backdrop. Despite there being no live audience and viewership hitting a record-low, the night still ended up being historical on a number of levels.

The most nominated artist of the night was Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, who also ended up scooping the most awards – winning four of her nine nominations. This feat puts Beyoncé top of the list for the most Grammy wins by any singer in history, with a total of 28. She is now only beaten by Hungarian-British Conductor Georg Solti who won 31 during his career – and has tied with Quincy Jones, who also has 28.

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View a list of winners and nominees below.

RECORD OF THE YEAR

  • “Everything I Wanted” — Billie Eilish — Winner
  • “Black Parade” — Beyoncé
  • “Colors” — Black Pumas
  • “Rockstar” — DaBaby featuring Roddy Ricch
  • “Say So” — Doja Cat
  • “Don’t Start Now” — Dua Lipa
  • “Circles” — Post Malone
  • “Savage” — Megan Thee Stallion featuring Beyoncé

ALBUM OF THE YEAR

  • “Folklore” — Taylor Swift — Winner
  • “Chilombo” — Jhené Aiko
  • “Black Pumas” (Deluxe Edition) — Black Pumas
  • “Everyday Life” — Coldplay
  • “Djesse Vol. 3” — Jacob Collier
  • “Women in Music Pt. III” — Haim
  • “Future Nostalgia” — Dua Lipa
  • “Hollywood’s Bleeding” — Post Malone

SONG OF THE YEAR

  • “I Can’t Breathe” — H.E.R. — Winner
  • “Black Parade” — Beyoncé
  • “The Box” — Roddy Ricch
  • “Cardigan” — Taylor Swift
  • “Circles” — Post Malone
  • “Don’t Start Now” — Dua Lipa
  • “Everything I Wanted” — Billie Eilish
  • “If the World Was Ending” — JP Saxe featuring Julia Michaels
H.E.R. and co-writer Tiara Thomas accept Song of the Year | Photo Credit: CBS / The Recording Academy

BEST NEW ARTIST

  • Megan Thee Stallion — Winner
  • Ingrid Andress
  • Phoebe Bridgers
  • Noah Cyrus
  • Chika
  • D Smoke
  • Doja Cat
  • Kaytranada

BEST POP SOLO PERFORMANCE

  • “Watermelon Sugar” — Harry Styles — Winner
  • “Yummy” — Justin Bieber
  • “Say So” — Doja Cat
  • “Everything I Wanted” — Billie Eilish
  • “Don’t Start Now” — Dua Lipa
  • “Cardigan” — Taylor Swift

BEST POP VOCAL ALBUM

  • “Future Nostalgia” — Dua Lipa — Winner
  • “Changes” — Justin Bieber
  • “Chromatica” — Lady Gaga
  • “Fine Line” — Harry Styles
  • “Folklore” — Taylor Swift

BEST POP/DUO GROUP PERFORMANCE

  • “Rain on Me” — Lady Gaga & Ariana Grande — Winner
  • “Un Dia (One Day)” — J Balvin, Dua Lipa, Bad Bunny & Tainy
  • “Intentions” — Justin Bieber featuring Quavo
  • “Dynamite” — BTS
  • “Exile” — Taylor Swift featuring Bon Iver

BEST TRADITIONAL POP VOCAL ALBUM

  • “American Standard” — James Taylor — Winner
  • “Blue Umbrella” — Burt Bacharach & Daniel Tashian
  • “True Love: A Celebration of Cole Porter” — Harry Connick Jr.
  • “Unfollow the Rules” — Rufus Wainwright
  • “Judy” — Renée Zellweger

BEST R&B PERFORMANCE

  • “Black Parade” — Beyoncé — Winner
  • “Lightning & Thunder” — Jhené Aiko featuring John Legend
  • “All I Need” — Jacob Collier featuring Mahalia & Ty Dolla $ign
  • “Goat Head” — Brittany Howard
  • “See Me” — Emily King
Beyonce accepts Best R&B Performance for Black Parade | Photo Credit: CBS / The Recording Academy

BEST TRADITIONAL R&B PERFORMANCE

  • “Anything for You” — Ledisi — Winner
  • “Sit On Down” — The Baylor Project featuring Jean Baylor & Marcus Baylor
  • “Wonder What She Thinks of Me” — Chloe x Halle
  • “Let Me Go” — Mykal Kilgore
  • “Distance” — Yebba

BEST R&B SONG

  • “Better Than I Imagined” — Robert Glasper featuring H.E.R. & Meshell Ndegeocello — Winner
  • “Black Parade” — Beyoncé
  • “Collide” — Tiana Major9 & EARTHGANG
  • “Do It” — Chloe x Halle
  • “Slow Down” — Skip Marley & H.E.R.

BEST R&B ALBUM

  • “Bigger Love” — John Legend — Winner
  • “Happy 2 Be Here” — Ant Clemons
  • “Take Time” — Giveon
  • “To Feel Love/D” — Luke James
  • “All Rise” — Gregory Porter

BEST RAP PERFORMANCE

  • “Savage” — Megan thee Stallion featuring Beyoncé — Winner
  • “Deep Reverence” — Big Sean featuring Nipsey Hussle
  • “Bop” — DaBaby
  • “Whats Poppin” — Jack Harlow
  • “The Bigger Picture” — Lil Baby
  • “Dior” — Pop Smoke
Beyoncé joins Megan Thee Stallion to accept Best Rap Performance for "Savage" | Photo Credit: CBS / The Recording Academy

BEST MELODIC RAP PERFORMANCE

  • “Lockdown” — Anderson .Paak — Winner
  • “Rockstar” — DaBaby featuring Roddy Ricch
  • “Laugh Now Cry Later” — Drake featuring Lil Durk
  • “The Box” — Roddy Ricch
  • “Highest in the Room” — Travis Scott

BEST RAP SONG

  • “Savage” — Megan thee Stallion featuring Beyoncé — Winner
  • “The Bigger Picture” — Lil Baby
  • “The Box” — Roddy Ricch
  • “Laugh Now Cry Later” — Drake featuring Lil Durk
  • “Rockstar” — DaBaby featuring Roddy Ricch

BEST RAP ALBUM

  • “King’s Disease” — Nas — Winner
  • “Black Habits” — D Smoke
  • “Alfredo” — Freddie Gibbs & The Alchemist
  • “A Written Testimony” — Jay Electronica
  • “The Allegory” — Royce da 5’9″

BEST LATIN POP OR URBAN ALBUM

  • “YHLQMDLG” — Bad Bunny — Winner
  • “Por Primera Vez” — Camilo
  • “Mesa Para Dos” — Kany García
  • “Pausa” — Ricky Martin
  • “3:33” — Debi Nova

BEST LATIN POP OR URBAN ALBUM

  • “YHLQMDLG” — Bad Bunny — Winner
  • “Por Primera Vez” — Camilo
  • “Mesa Para Dos” — Kany García
  • “Pausa” — Ricky Martin
  • “3:33” — Debi Nova

BEST REGGAE ALBUM

  • “Got to Be Tough” — Toots & The Maytals — Winner
  • “Upside Down 2020” — Buju Banton
  • “Higher Place” — Skip Marley
  • “It All Comes Black to Love” — Maxi Priest
  • “One World” — The Wailers

BEST GLOBAL MUSIC ALBUM

  • “Twice as Tall” — Burna Boy — Winner
  • “Fu Chronicles” — Antibalas
  • “Agora” — Bebel Gilberto
  • “Love Letters” — Anoushka Shankar
  • “Amadjar” — Tinariwen 

For a full list of this year’s winners and nominees, click here.

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Grammy Awards Postponed, New Date Revealed

The 2021 Grammy Awards has been rescheduled. Details surrounding the format of the show still remain unclear.

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  • March 14, 2021 has been confirmed as the new date for this year’s telecast due to COVID-19.
  • Format and structure of the show still unknown.

In a joint statement from Harvey Mason, Jr (Interim President/CEO, The Recording Academy), Jack Sussman (EVP, Live Event, CBS Television), and the show’s Executive Producer Ben Winston, the 63rd Grammy Awards have been officially pushed back to March 14th, 2021. Citing ‘the deteriorating COVID situation in Los Angeles’ (where the ceremony is scheduled to be held) as the reason for the postponement, the statement confirmed what had already been speculated regarding the upcoming ceremony for some time.

It remains unclear if this pushback means the proposed March date will now include more participants than originally planned nor where or how it will be held or if The Daily Show’s Trevor Noah (below) is still slated to host.

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Grammy Nominee Trevor Noah at the 2020 Grammy Awards

According to Variety, a ‘limited’ show was being planned for the original date of January 31st – with only performers and presenters being allowed on-site (at The Staples Center), meaning nominees and winners would only make remote appearances. However, Recording Academy Interim CEO Harvey Mason, Jr. later stated that the event will be held “in and around Downtown Los Angeles”, and also mentioned plans to work with “independent venues” – which could mean we see it not held at Staples and perhaps take a similar production style to the 2020 BET Awards, where all presenters, performers and acceptance speeches were all pre-recorded and/or remote. The statement sent to Music Biz Nation regarding the new March date did not mention that it would be a live telecast – suggesting this may well be the case.

Recording Academy Interim CEO/President Harvey Mason, Jr. at the Press Conference for the 2020 Grammy Awards

Top nominees for the 63rd Grammy Awards include Beyonce (leading with a total of 9 noms, with 2 for ‘Record of the Year’), followed by Roddy Ricch, Dua Lipa and Taylor Swift – who each have 6. You can view the complete list of nominees here.

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