Eighth Annual Event Acknowledges Nile
Rodgers For His Wide-Ranging Contributions To The Recording Industry, As
The Co-Founder Of Chic And His Participation In 2014’s GRAMMY® Award-Winning "Random Access Memories" By Daft Punk
Santa Monica, Calif. (Feb. 20, 2015)
— Reprising once again what has become a highly anticipated celebration
that marks the official start of GRAMMY® Week, The Recording Academy®
Producers & Engineers Wing®'s eighth annual event was held Tuesday,
Feb. 3, at the Village Studios in West Los Angeles. The event is focused
on the irreplaceable contributions made by recording, mixing and
mastering engineers and record producers whose technical expertise and
creative brilliance earn these professionals working behind the glass
GRAMMY Awards and nominations of their own. The annual gathering was
created specifically to honor individuals who strive for audio
excellence and, as described by Recording Academy President/CEO Neil
Portnow, those who have "championed creative freedom" throughout their
career, The event is, as expressed by Village Studios CEO Jeff
Greenberg, "A celebration of those of us who show up every day in these
studios and make the music." Contributing to the festive environment of
the evening, musical selections were provided by DJs Mr. Pauer and DJ
Cassidy, who kept the evening's dance theme on track with a high note.
The event preceded the 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards, which took place on
Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015, and aired live on the CBS Television Network.
signature event also featured the presentation of The Recording Academy
President's Merit Award. Previous honorees at this event have been
Chris Blackwell; T Bone Burnett; Tom Dowd; Ahmet and Nesuhi Ertegun;
Jimmy Iovine; Quincy Jones; Arif Mardin; Al Schmitt; Jerry Wexler; and
Neil Young. This year's honoree, Nile Rodgers, was presented with the
award by Portnow in a special ceremony held in the ballroom of the
Village Studios. Rodgers received the award to the applause of hundreds
of Academy and P&E Wing members and guests.
Rodgers first came
to prominence with Chic, the band he founded in 1976 with bassist
Bernard Edwards. As a producer, Rodgers guided classic recordings with
artists including Sister Sledge, Diana Ross, Duran Duran, INXS, Madonna
and David Bowie, for whom Rodgers produced the artist's biggest selling
album Let's Dance. Rodgers has remained vital to great
recordings, as both a producer and a musician. Another highlight of
Rodgers' career is his philanthropic venture, the We Are Family
Foundation, dedicated to creating and supporting programs that inspire
and educate the next generation.
Also celebrated that evening was
the progress that The Recording Academy has been achieving in
Washington, D.C., with substantial support from P&E Wing members.
DarylP.Friedman, Chief Advocacy & Industry Relations
Officer forThe Recording Academy, announced proposed legislation backed
by digital royalties collection agency Sound Exchange that would create
new mechanisms to ensure equitable compensation for record producers and
engineers." You should be paid and paid fairly," Friedman stated, to
the applause of the crowd.
Another star of the evening was the
legendary Village Studios, home to numerous classic and GRAMMY
Award-winning recordings, including Fleetwood Mac's Tusk and the soundtrack to O Brother, Where Art Thou?. Guests included six-time GRAMMY winner Flea, singer/songwriter and producer Ric Ocasek, GRAMMY winner Diane Warren, percussionist Sheila E., singers Aloe Blacc and Kathy Sledge, GRAMMY winner Slash, three-time GRAMMY winner "Weird Al" Yankovic, Recording Academy Chair Christine Albert, saxophonist and L.A. Chapter President Mindi Abair
and many others. Title sponsors included AVID, BMI, DTS, ELS Studio
Premium Audio® – Powered by Panasonic, HARMAN Professional brands AKG®,
dbx®, JBL® Professional and Lexicon®, Iron Mountain Entertainment
Services, Louisiana Entertainment, Music Marketing, PMC Ltd. and Shure.
Participating sponsors currently include Astell & Kern, Audeze, the
Audio Engineering Society (AES), Audio-Technica, Capital Bauer
Insurance, Guitar Center Professional, iZotope, Native Instruments,
Prism Sound, Recording Connection Audio Institute, Lurssen Mastering,
SoundExchange, and Westlake Pro.
"This annual event is a highlight
in the P&E Wing's yearly itinerary and also provides our community
the acknowledgment it so deserves, especially during GRAMMY Week," said
Maureen Droney, P&E Wing Managing Director. "It is a celebration of
all the creative accomplishments that members of the Wing achieve day in
and day out, in the studio and everywhere that music is made."