By Jer’Mykeal McCoy
Phresh & Professional
NASHVILLE – The Nashville Chapter of The Recording Academy celebrated Sunday the viewing of the organization’s prized annual award show while exposing college students to the music industry.
Although the live event took place at the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles, college students of the Nashville Chapter of The Recording Academy came out for the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards Telecast Viewing Party Sunday night at the Music City’s Hard Rock Café. The Recording Academy’s mission is to advance artistic and technical excellence, work to ensure a vital and free creative environment, and act as an advocate on behalf of music and its makers as stated on it’s website. These students were members of The Recording Academy’s GRAMMY U program.
GRAMMY U was created by The Recording Academy to help prepare college students for their careers in the music industry through networking, educational programs and performance opportunities. Develops the students’ current academic curriculum with access to recording industry professionals to offer an “out of classroom” view on the recording industry according to the GRAMMY U website. This program gives students in the Nashville area a great way to take in music’s biggest night.
“Same ordeal, same atmosphere, great people all around watching a great GRAMMY show,” said DeShawn Oravets, a GRAMMY U member and senior at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tenn. majoring in recording industry audio production, when asked of his thoughts of the award show compared to previous events. “You can’t go wrong with the GRAMMYs.”
Oravets also discussed some of the perks to being a member of GRAMMY U, saying that members often attend exclusive sound checks for major recording artists performing in Nashville and studio tours.
The event took place on the first and second levels of the Nashville Hard Rock Café which walls’ are lined with memorabilia from some of music’ greats – only right for the night’s event. The dress-to-impress memo brought some of the red carpet flare to the Hard Rock’s floor. The event also featured a disc jockey mixing during commercial breaks during the show that was televised on CBS. Setting the festive mood for members to enjoy.
“Very appreciative to the Nashville Chapter of The Academy for hosting this, it was a very positive opportunity we had to meet people we might not have had met otherwise,” said Dave Ragland, another GRAMMY U member and student at Tennessee State University here in Nashville majoring in music. “The show, the food, and the atmosphere helped to make a nice experience worth trouncing around downtown to come see.”
The Recording Academy has eleven other chapters in the country. Similar viewing parties took place in: New York City, Miami, Seattle, Dallas, Chicago, and Memphis.
GRAMMY U members are non-voting members of The Recording Academy, which means they are not able to vote and participate in the GRAMMY Awards process seen on television.