I love random facts because they tend to come in handy. Think about how many times you’ve started a sentence with “Did you know”?.
The Grammy’s are taking place this weekend so when I read this story, I had to share it with you. Feel free to attach any of these facts to “Did you know”… at your Grammy party.
The first annual Grammy Awards were held on May 4,1959, and they were called the Gramophone Awards. The second annual Grammy Awards were held later that year in November, and no ceremony was held in 1960. The second awards were the first to be televised, and the show was aired as episodes of “NBC Sunday Showcase.” It wasn’t until 12 years later, in 1971, that the ceremony was aired live.
Each Grammy award weighs six pounds. The gold-plated trophies are made of a special proprietary zinc alloy called “Grammium,” which is trademarked by the craftsmen who make the trophies.
The trophies that are handed out at the award ceremonies are props that are used every year. Winners don’t receive their real trophies until a few weeks afterwards, with their names engraved on a brass plate at the bottom.
The country singer was only 14 years old when she became the youngest person ever to win a Grammy Award at the 1997 ceremony. She actually won two Grammys that night: one for best new artist and one for best female country vocal performance for “Blue.” She earned five more nominations in the years following but hasn’t won any more Grammy awards.
Pinetop Perkins was 97 years old when he won a Grammy for best traditional blues album for “Joined at the Hip” in 2010. The pianist also won best traditional blues album in 2007, and he was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005. Perkins has been nominated for a Grammy nine times. He passed away in March 2011.
Four former U.S. senators also have a Grammy. Obama won one while he was a senator, Al Franken won one before he was elected, Hillary Clinton won one after becoming first lady, and Everett Dickson also has one.
The late conductor Georg Solti still holds the record for most amount of trophies won in his career. However, Michael Jackson and Santana are tied for most Grammy awards won in a single night. Jackson earned eight trophies in 1984, and Santana picked up eight in 2000.
Now you’re ready to shine at the Grammy Party this weekend.