SANTA MONICA, CA & ARMONK, NY - 27 Dec 1999: -- Michael Greene, President/CEO of the Recording Academy, today announced that IBM has extended its sponsorship of the GRAMMY Awards and is designing, hosting and jointly developing the Official Webcast of the GRAMMY Awards. The Recording Academy is providing a wealth of new and exclusive content, which will be updated frequently preceding and including the 42nd GRAMMY Awards. The arrangement links the Academy's popular GRAMMY.com Web site with IBM's expertise in helping organizations produce compelling event Webcasts. The agreement between the Recording Academy and IBM broadens the relationship which began in 1998.
"It's fitting that the world's premier music show is linked with the world's premier technology company," said Greene. "With the help of IBM, the Recording Academy will be able to achieve its groundbreaking goals of offering unprecedented content and access to online visitors. Plus, the multi-faceted Webcast will be a dynamic complement to the GRAMMY Awards by helping to promote the show, in addition to giving millions of people an exclusive, backstage view."
GRAMMY.com kicks into gear with a live audio Webcast of the highly-anticipated press conference on January 4, 2000, during which the nominees for the 42nd annual GRAMMY Awards will be announced to members of the music industry and the world's news media. Interviews with the top recording artists invited by the Academy to read the nominations will also be available on the site.
"After our successful collaboration on the 1999 GRAMMY event Web site, which raised the profile of IBM in the music industry and the Recording Academy as a technology leader, we look forward to producing another highly visible, highly interactive Web event," said Marianne Caponnetto, vice president of worldwide media/digital media for IBM. "Together we will offer Web users a creative and innovative e-business showcase for the most anticipated music event of the year."
The Webcast will boast streaming audio and video, exclusive artist and celebrity chats, interviews, backstage photos and stories. The video clips offered on GRAMMY.com will include classic performances from past GRAMMY shows, some of which haven't been seen in 20 years and which have never been available on the Web.
Audio content will include artist interviews produced by Westwood One Radio and located at the "SoundWave" icon. A media center for the working press and a searchable database of past GRAMMY winners is available on the site. GRAMMY.com also offers Spanish-language content featuring the latest Latin music news, plus updates on the growth of the Latin Recording Academy. Its inaugural Latin GRAMMY Awards ceremony is set for September.
In addition, the official site features an exclusive interview with superstar Elton John, who has been selected to receive a GRAMMY Legend Award on the February 23rd awards telecast. John is also being honored as MusiCares' Person of the Year. The Academy's annual MusiCares dinner gala honors an artist's notable music industry achievements and philanthropic accomplishments.
The 2000 GRAMMY Awards show marks the sixth consecutive year of the GRAMMY Webcast. Starting as one of the earliest live Internet events, GRAMMY.com has been on the cutting edge of Webcast technology since it began. It is helping to define the industry's standard for live entertainment Web events.
The 42nd Annual GRAMMY Awards will be held on Wednesday, February 23 at Staples Center in Los Angeles.
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