THE OTHER GRAMMY WINNERS GET THEIR MOMENT SEPARATE CEREMONY COULD MAKE ITS WAY TO TV.Byline: Fred Shuster Music Writer
After years of grumbling that the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences The National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, Inc. is known variously as The Recording Academy or NARAS. Established in 1957, The Recording Academy is a U.S. devalues musicians and genres nominated in the pretelecast categories of the Grammy Awards Grammy Awards
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Partly because it's ``the right thing to do,'' Sunday night's 3 1/2-hour telecast from Staples Center This article
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In past years, about 90 trophies in such genres as classical, jazz, blues and world music, along with technical achievements, were handed out in rapid succession over 90 minutes while camera crews set up for the main event. This year's secondary ceremony will begin earlier in the afternoon and will include a proper reception and full orchestral accompaniment.
A long-running joke in the industry had it that anyone who drove by the venue where the Grammys were held might be able to catch one of the golden gramophones as they were being lobbed out of the auditorium by pretelecast presenters.
``The truth is, even though my category wasn't on TV, it felt really good to be around other musicians who either work behind the scenes or don't have a hit record,'' said rootsy Los Angeles Los Angeles (lôs ăn`jələs, lŏs, ăn`jəlēz'), city (1990 pop. 3,485,398), seat of Los Angeles co., S Calif.; inc. 1850. singer-songwriter Dave Alvin, who drew cheers three years ago when he unexpectedly won the Grammy for traditional folk album. ``The categories that aren't seen on TV - we're the shlubs who work in tiny studios behind the scenes in out-of-the-way places. It's like a regular old convention of pipe fitters or mechanics - best engineer, best packaging, best arranger, best album notes. And winning a Grammy is a big deal. Even being a normally sarcastic, skeptical guy, I was sitting there going, 'I like this.' ''
While best engineered classical album or best reggae album may lack the mainstream appeal of Beyonce, Justin and Dido, the academy hopes Sunday's alternative honors ceremony might eventually be broadcast on a cable network the way the Independent Spirit Awards (for indie films) are shown on the Bravo and IFC (Internet Foundation Classes) A class library from Netscape that provides an application framework and graphical user interface (GUI) routines for Java programmers. IFC was later made part of the Java Foundation Classes (JFC). See JFC, AFC and AWT. See also ICF. channels.
``We think it has great potential on cable, possibly,'' Portnow said. ``It's a fascinating show for music fans and musicians. A lot of these very talented people the public never sees.''
Whether presented in front of viewers at home or not, most agree the Grammy trophy carries enormous prestige and value.
``It's a powerful marketing tool,'' said veteran music executive Ian Ralfini, co-manager of Manhattan/EMI Records. ``I also like the idea of showing the earlier awards on TV. Those are people who rarely get any credit in public for their work.''
Major categories, including record of the year, album of the year and song of the year, are always featured on the worldwide telecast. Each year's broadcast also includes the live presentation of at least one lesser-known category, while the names of winners in the remaining 90 or so categories are flashed on screen throughout the evening.
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``The academy recognizes all different kinds of music,'' said Helen Little, vice president of marketing at WEA WEA Weather
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A full Grammy telecast featuring all 105 honors would probably last a podium-melting seven hours. That takes into account a smattering of musical performances and that awards show perennial - the acceptance speech.
``One Grammy is no more important than another,'' Portnow said. ``The process itself is a level playing field See net neutrality. , but we have to cater to a number of different masters when trying to produce an entertaining TV show.''
Ultimately, the dollar sings the song; the main goal of any prime-time special is to rack up advertising. And for those nominees who carry home a trophy, their name will always be associated with the win.
``It's a very powerful marketing tool,'' said Liz Phair, the alternative- rock singer who has been nominated in the past, while her single ``Extraordinary'' spawned a nonclassical producer of the year nod this year. ``It's all about marketing, getting out there and selling the product. If you can attach a Grammy award to it in any way, that turns into a very useful thing.''
Sandra Barrera contributed to this story.
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