L-R: AEG president/CEO Tim Leiweke; museum executive director Bob Santelli; Recording Academy chairman emeritus Terry Lickona, chairman Jimmy Jam, and president/CEO Neil Portnow; L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa; and L.A. District 9 city councilwoman Jan Perry.
“You have a new home for music,” said AEG president/CEO Tom Leiweke at the grand opening of the Grammy Museum at the L.A. Live complex on December 5. After marveling at the dramatic transformation of the once-dreary downtown area from an eyesore to a gleaming high-tech oasis, L.A. mayor Antonio Villaraigosa zeroed in on the museum, describing it as “a new iconic landmark” for the city. Museum executive director Bob Santisi mused that all those who would enter the museum would be “making an emotional connection to an art form that is very dear to us.”
When the speakers finished, everyone stood up and, holding gilded scissors, cut the ribbon. They then led the first of several groups of schoolkids across the plaza for a first look at the new educational facility.