Highest achievement in the music industry
The Grammy Awards
, or simply Grammys
, are issued by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) in the United States. The name comes from the shape of the awarded statue, a small gilded gramophone. As with all of the major awards shows, the Grammys give far more awards each year
than the Prime Time
telecast can accomodate; technical categories and awards for less popular genres are distributed in a separate ceremony.
A Spanish-language counterpart, the Latin Grammys
, was launched in 2000.
Grammy Award provides examples of:
- Dead Air: The director of the show cut short Frank Sinatra's acceptance speech for receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 1994 ceremony. Billy Joel responded by stopping his performance of "The River of Dreams" in the middle. He sat there, grinning at the audience, while pretending to check his watch, and quipped, "valuable advertising time going by...dollars...dollars...dollars..." After wasting around 30 seconds, he resumed playing the song.
- Hologram: The performance of Madonna with Gorillaz at the 2006 ceremony.
- Odd Couple: Eminem was called out as "homophobic". His reaction? Performs "Stan" with Elton John (who is homosexual) at the 2001 ceremony. At the end, they hugged and Eminem gave the audience the finger.
- Reaction Shot: As most televised award ceremonies. After the name of the award winner is announced, the camera cuts to the attending nominees who don't win the award.
- When someone is performing onstage, the camera also cuts to the audience, especially the attending celebrities and nominees, from time to time.
- Roll Out The Red Carpet: Before and after the ceremony.