The 47th Annual Grammy Awards on February 13, 2005, showcased a collection of entertaining musical performances and tributes by some of the industry’s most respected artists.
"From the outstanding performances during the 47th Annual Grammy Awards to the inaugural 'Salute to Gospel' and 'Salute to Industry Icons' events, we were thrilled to deliver another amazing Grammy Week," said Neil Portnow, president of The Recording Academy®. "We also are gratified that the tsunami relief fundraising performance of 'Across the Universe' has been a top download on iTunes, with all proceeds directly benefiting those in need. As a matter of fact, the album sales boost of many of the Grammy winners, nominees and performers demonstrates the power and prestige of ‘Music's Biggest Night.’"
The 47th Annual Grammy Awards took place at Staples Center in Los Angeles and featured 24 performances, including special tributes to Ray Charles and Southern rock, and was broadcast in 5.1 surround sound.
This year, the Academy teamed up with Capitol Records to release the 2005 GRAMMY Nominees CD, the 11th edition in the series.
In celebration of Grammy week, the 15th Annual MusiCares Person of the Year tribute dinner was held at the Hollywood Palladium and honored music icon Brian Wilson. The tribute was hosted by Jon Lovitz and featured a star-studded concert by artists including India.Arie, Jeff Beck, Backstreet Boys, Barenaked Ladies, Jamie Cullum, Earth, Wind & Fire, Michael McDonald, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Richie Sambora and Neil Young, and culminated with a special performance by Brian Wilson and Friends. Proceeds from this event provide essential support for MusiCares' Financial Assistance Program. At the Grammy Awards, Wilson won his first solo GRAMMY for Best Rock Instrumental Performance for "Mrs. O'Leary's Cow," from his album SMiLE.
Also part of Grammy week, the Academy hosted the second annual Grammy Salute To Jazz at the Music Box @ The Fonda. The honorees were composer/arranger and saxophonist Benny Golson, Grammy-winning vocalist and educator Jon Hendricks and composer and pianist Horace Silver. The president's Merit Award for outstanding achievement was presented to these jazz legends for their lasting contributions to the genre and the music community. Live performances and appearances by the honorees, including surprise guest Al Jarreau, highlighted an evening dedicated to paying tribute to jazz.
The inaugural Grammy “Salute to Gospel Music” was held on February 10, 2005, at the West Angeles Church of God in Christ Cathedral in Los Angeles and was hosted by actress Angela Bassett. The first President's Merit Award honorees for this event were Grammy-winning pioneer of contemporary gospel Andraé Crouch, Grammy-winning Southern gospel artists/songwriters Bill and Gloria Gaither, and Grammy-winning gospel veteran Albertina Walker. In addition to an awards presentation, this event featured exciting performances by top artists including Grammy recipients CeCe Winans, Kirk Franklin and Donnie McClurkin, as well as Byron Cage, Nicole C. Mullen, Donald Lawrence, the Crabb Family and Smokie Norful, who was this year's Grammy winner for Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Album.
For more information about the awards and Grammy Week 2005, please go to www.grammy.com.