USA: ARTISTS FROM THE WORLD OF ROCK AND POP DESCEND ON NEW YORK FOR THE 40TH ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDSRecord ID: 387510
- Title: USA: ARTISTS FROM THE WORLD OF ROCK AND POP DESCEND ON NEW YORK FOR THE 40TH ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS
- Date: 24th February 1998
- Summary: (RTV - ACCESS ALL) FIONA APPLE PERFORMING AT THE SUPPER CLUB
- Reuters ID: LVA99CZXW27FL4HB9AQYX42Y99WP
- Location: NEW YORK, UNITED STATES
- Country: USA
- Duration: 00:00:20
- Topics: Entertainment
- Story Text: Artists from the world of rock and pop have descended on New York city in time for the 40th Annual Grammy Awards, being held on Wednesday night (February 25).
Many of the nominees for the Grammy's turned up at Radio City Music Hall on Tuesday to rehearse for the music industry's most prestigious awards ceremony, before attending a pre-Grammy's party at the Supper Club.
Pop newcomer Paula Cole will be performing at the ceremony.Cole has been nominated for seven Grammy awards, named in virtually every major category.Cole, 29, who once sang backup for Peter Gabriel was nominated for Single Record of the Year and Song of the Year for "Where Have All the Cowboys Gone", as well as Album of the Year for "This Fire".
Producer and artist Babyface has been rehearsing his duet for the event with Stevie Wonder.Babyface received the more nominations than any other artist, eight in total.They included Album of the Year and Producer of the Year.
Wallflowers, received three noms to tie his father, though they are not competing directly in any of the categories.
Julio and Enrique Iglesias, father and son, respectively, are going head to head in the best Latin pop perf category; while Arlo and Woody Guthrie share a nom in the best children's musical album category.
The most-hyped performance of the broadcast, the Barbra Streisand-Celine Dion duet of "Tell Him," the David Foster-produced and co-written nugget that appears on both divas' current Sony Music family albums, will not take place.
Streisand missed rehearsals because of the flu and was forced to cancel.
Dion will now perform "My Heart Will Go On," her mega-hit from "Titanic." She is also scheduled to perform the song on the Oscars telecast next month.
While nominated artists in the house will be crossing their fingers for a win, more than 1.5 billion viewers will be watching the show to catch a perf by their favorite artists.
Record company execs full-court pressed NARAS after the nominations were announced in early January for performance slots on the worldwide Grammy Awards broadcast, as an artist's disc can nab a 20% sales boost during the two weeks following the show's broadcast.
A Grammy win also becomes a marketing tool tapped in perpetuity by label marketers when promoting the victorious act.A win also grows the label's stature in the industry.
This year actor-comedian Kelsey Grammer will serve as the evening's ringmaster - his Juilliard training and support of MusiCares, the Acad's outreach program, helped get him the high-profile gig.
Grammer will shepherd the talent lineup that will range from Puff Daddy to Luciano Pavarotti, with perfs by Hanson, Vince Gill, Aretha Franklin, Will Smith and others, including nominations leader and music industry triple-threat producer-performer-songwriter Babyface.He goes into the ceremony with eight nods.
Bill Cosby will lead a tribute to jazz artists, and a taped retrospective chronicling 40 years of memorable Grammy moments will replace the annual state-of-the-Academy speech usually offered by NARAS prexy/CEO Michael Greene.
"It'll be a short intro and then we'll go to the tape," Greene told Daily Variety."Even though I'd like to mention it is also the 50th anniversary of the Hollywood Blacklist, recognizing the Academy's 40th anniversary is more important.
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