arrived in LA from San Antonio. We flew the United direct flight that left at 6:00 am so we left home at 3:30
Got to LA around 7:00 am got our bags and rent car and got breakfast.
Went to our hotel then to the Staples center to pick up our tickets.
Saturday Feb 9th
Went to Manns Chinese theater
noon I went to BMI's 2nd Annual
How I Wrote That Song panel discussion on the art of songwriting at The Key Club in Hollywood
I invited Ryan Jirovec and treated him and his mom, I recorded the whole thing and was thinking about pod casting it but when I looked at my recorder when I got home on Tuesday all the files were erased.
Autographs: Chris Daughtry, Fat Joe and Polow da don
Evening I went to the
Grammy Special Merit Awards and Nominee Reception
Burt Bacharach, (not there, kids accepted)
The Band, (several were there, Robby Robertson)
Cab Calloway, (daughter accepted)
Doris Day, (not there sent a letter)
Izhak Perlman, (not there kids accepted)
Max Roach and (decd kids accepted)
Earl Scruggs (was there, his son Randy wast there too)
Trustees awards were given to
Clarence Avant (Quincy Jones introduced him)
Willie Mitchell (was there, huge memphis, songwriter and producer)
Nominee Reception was fun
Autograph: Eddie Montgomery of Montgomery Gentry
had a nice conversation with Gentle Thunder.
wanted to stay longer
Sunday grammy stuff
doors opened at 12:30 event started at 1:00
waited on women to get ready,
Took a shuttle van to the grammys pretelecast around 1:20
walked the backside of the red carpet
(the red carpet is split in 2 sections
front part is for famous people and muckety mucks, with news people and handlers lining up interviews,
back part is for every one else, there's police officers and bouncer types present to encourage people to keep moving)
found out later I should have told them I was a governor and I would have gotten to walk the celebrity side. (maybe next time, if there is a next time, I'm up for reelection in April)
Pretelecast: Arrived as 43 the Hawaiians were on stage.
They awarded 100 Grammy's at the pretelecast. I looked behind me a few rows back was Ace Young from Idol Season 5. http://www.americanidol.com/contestants/season5/
Many famous artists weren't present to accept their grammys, but I was impressed that Carrie Underwood ran to the stage to accept hers, Brad Paisley was present to accept his in the instrumental country category and the Foo Fighters were also there to accept theirs.
I was thrilled that Willie "Pinetop" Perkins, 94 http://www.pinetopperkins.com/ from Austin, TX won the traditional blues Grammy for his appropriately titled album
]"Last of the Great Mississippi Delta Bluesmen:
Live in Dallas." He got up and played he wore a bright red suit and hat with a blue feather.
Autographs: I got Carrie Underwood's
My daughter got Ace Young's and David Grohls from the Foo fighters in my songwriting book
when the pre telecast was over we walked over to the Grammys
as we walked over I said hello to band members from [b]Shiny Toy Guns[/b] and asked if [b]Steven McClintock [/b]was around. They said he was, a little later I said hi and shook his hand while we were in line.
My son an I sat in the Platinum Section for Grammy Governors, we were about 35 feet from stage left in the 9th row on the side next to the stairs. Stage left means if you're facing the stage from the audience we were on the right.
On the floor I saw Cindy Lauper, Ringo Star, Yoko Ono, Bonnie Raitt, George Martin (beatles), Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Taylor Swift, the Foo fighters, Tony Bennett, Josh Groban, Carrie Underwood, and many others
Had an absolute blast
Made a scrap book of all the Grammy stuff I collected
including a little of the confetti they blasted out during the final performance, many people shuffled near the end, not realizing that there was a finale performance of a beatles song.
It felt great to be part of such an awesome organization and event and I encourage you to get involved too.
Autographs: got Tony Bennett and Robby Robertson from "The Band" (take a load off Annie) I asked, Yoko Ono but she refused. I was an arms length from George Martin but like a fool I was suddenly too shy ask.
had some great hordeourves type food, it was open bar, had one cab, I walked past Evander Holyfield but didn't get his Autograph. We walked around a little then made our way to the stage where Cindy Lauper was about to perform. she wasn't on stage so a crowd hadn't formed but when she walked on and performed several songs there was a sea of people behind me. We stood right by the stage and watched her perform her hits barefoot, Several times she gave angry looks and hand signals to the sound guy. I guess wanting to adjust her monitors.
Food at the after party was delicious, open bar, lavish decorations and athletic barely dressed cirque du soliel type performers performed on multiple stages and wandered through the crowds it was quite a specacle. We were feeling tired and decided to leave as Cindy wrapped up her set. Near the exits they were handing out Grammy Bags filled with TIGI Bedhead Type Products.
We walked over to the shuttles, got on it took us to the Biltmore which was close to our hotel.
Monday I met with Harold Payne and Allison Sattinger for lunch. Harold and I have a song in the works.
I met Harold through JPF and Allison went to school with my friend and cowriter Adam Donmoyer. Both people are awesome artists and class acts. Harold is the featured perfomer and one of the cowriters of JPF's theme song
We're all in this Together
Tuesday I went home, If I get re elected as a governor or officer and go again I want to arrive a few days earlier and participate in more of the events.
If you want to go to the Grammy's
(here's what you might budget for one person)
$100 grammy membership (allows you to buy 6 tickets) only members can order tickets
$300 - $600 hotel (could be more if you go fancy)
$300 - $1,000 ticket
$200 after party ticket
then there's food, transportation, and airport parking
We rented a car, the funny thing is the hotel parking was $42 a day and the car cost $20 a day
There tends to be lots of food at Grammy events, like the after party
don't forget to budget for shopping, my wife and kids went to several Buffalo Exchange Stores
when we arrived at the airport we needed to kill a little time so we went to el segundo beach to watch the surfers, waves, pelicans and dolphins
great several days
I'm going to the grammy's. we leave for LA tomorrow, Saturday night we're going to attend the nominee reception and special awards. then sunday is the grammy's, I went last year and really enjoyed the pretelecast event and the show and the after party celebration
here's some more details I read today
More Performers Announced
February 5, 2008
Josh Groban Fergie, John Legend, Andrea Bocelli, Josh Groban, John Fogerty, Jerry Lee Lewis, Herbie Hancock, Lang Lang to perform on 50th GRAMMY telecast
(For a complete list of 50th GRAMMY Award nominees, please click here.)
The Recording Academy has announced the latest round of performers for the 50th Annual GRAMMY Awards telecast.
Signature GRAMMY moments will include current nominee Fergie and John Legend performing a duet, and Andrea Bocelli and Josh Groban performing together for the first time.
Additionally, current nominee John Fogerty, Jerry Lee Lewis and Little Richard will perform in a unique "Cornerstones of Rock" segment. Nominees Herbie Hancock and Lang Lang will perform in a special classical/jazz segment (conducted by famed maestro John Mauceri).
R&B singer and current GRAMMY nominee Chris Brown, actress and singer/songwriter Miley Cyrus, actress and R&B singer Solange Knowles, comedian and current GRAMMY nominee George Lopez, four-time GRAMMY winner Lyle Lovett and three-time GRAMMY winner Ludacris are the latest presenters set to appear.
Chris Brown, Fergie, John Fogerty, Herbie Hancock, Lang Lang and George Lopez are all nominees this year. Chris Brown is up for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration ("Kiss, Kiss" with T-Pain). Three-time GRAMMY winner Fergie is nominated for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance ("Big Girls Don't Cry"). GRAMMY winner John Fogerty has a nod for Best Rock Album (Revival). Ten-time GRAMMY winner Herbie Hancock has three nominations: Album Of The Year, Best Contemporary Jazz Album (River: The Joni Letters) and Best Jazz Instrumental Solo ("Both Sides Now"). Lang Lang (with the Orchestre De Paris) is up for Best Instrumental Soloist(s) Performance (with Orchestra) for "Beethoven: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 4" (along with conductor Christoph Eschenbach). And George Lopez is nominated for Best Comedy Album (America's Mexican).
Previously announced performers include Beyoncé; Feist; Foo Fighters (with special guest conductor John Paul Jones); Alicia Keys; Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood; 2008 MusiCares Person of the Year Aretha Franklin, Mary J. Blige, the Clark Sisters, Israel And New Breed, and Trin-I-Tee 5:7 in a special gospel segment; the casts of "The Beatles LOVE by Cirque du Soleil" and Across The Universe in a special Beatles segment; and Rihanna with a reunited the Time in a special 50th anniversary segment.
Previously announced presenters include eight-time GRAMMY winner Natalie Cole, 12-time Latin GRAMMY winner Juanes, GRAMMY winner Cyndi Lauper, three-time GRAMMY winner Bette Midler and nine-time GRAMMY winner Bonnie Raitt.
The 50th Annual GRAMMY Awards will take place live on Sunday, Feb. 10 at Staples Center in Los Angeles and will be broadcast in HDTV and 5.1 Surround Sound on the CBS Television Network from 8 – 11:30 p.m. (ET/PT). The show also will be supported on radio via Westwood One worldwide and XM Satellite Radio, and covered online at GRAMMY.com.Additional performers, presenters and special segments will be announced soon.
2008 GRAMMY Celebration Performers Announced
February 4, 2008
Natasha Bedingfield, Cyndi Lauper, DJ Chris Cox, and Fourplay to perform at exclusive event
(For a complete list of 50th GRAMMY Award nominees, please click here.)
The 2008 GRAMMY Celebration — an exclusive invitation-only event following the 50th Annual GRAMMY Awards on Feb. 10 — will feature a diverse lineup of live entertainment including Natasha Bedingfield, Cyndi Lauper, DJ Chris Cox, Fourplay and the Gibson/Baldwin GRAMMY Jazz Ensembles, it was announced today by The Recording Academy.
The gala, catered for the first time by celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck, attracts GRAMMY winners and nominees, music industry executives and celebrities who attend the live telecast.
"Exceptional food, distinctive décor, and top-notch entertainment have always been a hallmark of our GRAMMY Celebration," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy. "This year's after-party will be a most fitting and exciting component of an extremely memorable evening and an extraordinary way to top off the GRAMMY Awards 50th milestone celebration."
Wolfgang Puck has developed a custom menu fitting for a 50th anniversary event including Italian (shrimp and white bean bruschetta; roma tomato caprese cups with fresh mozzarella, sun dried tomatoes and torn basil vinaigrette; and lamb osso bucco with tomato orzo and lemon parsley gremolatta), Latin (pella royale; peach sangria shooters; rosemary olive oil rubbed filet mignon; and baked spicy crab fondue), Thai (spicy beef, braised short ribs, woks of Bangkok fried rice with eggs, and glass noodles with spicy shrimp), and traditional English (bangers, carved prime rib, fish, and mini mugs of ginger beer).
Desserts such as English toffee trifle, homemade ricotta chocolate chip cannolis, assorted Thai flavored mini cup cakes, tiramisu, ginger crème brulee tarts, crème puffs, orange caramel flan, and warm zeppolis with raspberry jam also will be served throughout the evening.
The 2008 GRAMMY Celebration also will feature beer, wines and spirits provided by Anheuser-Busch Beer, Patrón Tequila, Ultimat Vodka, Pyrat Rum, Forest Glen Wines and Domaine Laurier Champagne. Hosted by the Mango Board, one signature bar will feature mixologist Tony Abou-Ganim's signature mango cocktail "the Sweet Escape," which was created in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the GRAMMY Awards.
As part of The Recording Academy's ongoing greening efforts, Wolfgang Puck Catering will be using locally grown produce, dairy and meat, sourcing environmentally sustainable packaging — compostable, biodegradable and recyclable products — and donating any unused/leftover food to Angel Harvest, a nonprofit that organizes the collection and delivery of the food and items to local social service agencies providing emergency food for those in need.
The Recording Academy once again will partner with highly-regarded event producers Along Came Mary Productions (ACM) to orchestrate the post-telecast GRAMMY Celebration, overseeing all of the event entertainment, décor, and many other logistics. Led by The Recording Academy, ACM and its design and lighting team will take the vast convention space and transform it into Victorian and old European theatrical elegance. Beautiful crystal chandeliers will hang from the ceiling, lush red fabrics accented with gold will be draped from floor to ceiling and neoclassical statues and living-statues will anchor the room. The Recording Academy has hired ACM to co-produce the GRAMMY Celebration nine times, as well as the 1st, 3rd and 5th Annual Latin GRAMMY post-parties.
The 50th Annual GRAMMY Awards will take place live on Sunday, Feb. 10 at Staples Center in Los Angeles and will be broadcast in HDTV and 5.1 Surround Sound on the CBS Television Network from 8 – 11:30 p.m. (ET/PT). The show also will be supported on radio via Westwood One worldwide and XM Satellite Radio, and covered online at GRAMMY.com.
CBS 8 in San Diego, did a story about kids in the foster care system hoping to be adopted. They chose to feature my song
MY FOREVER FAMILY as the sound track.
I was honored that they used it
you can see the story at:
Here's a little info about the song
and the organization that inspired it: