The 63rd annual Grammy Awards are coming up on Sunday, March 14th. The Grammys recognize achievement in the music industry, and the winners are decided by other music artists who are members of the Recording Academy.
Some fun facts about the Grammy Awards:
The Grammy was originally called the Gramophone Award, and the trophy that is given out depicts a gilded gramophone. These trophies are made in Colorado!
The first Gramophone Awards were given out in 1959 at two simultaneous ceremonies – one in Los Angeles and one in New York. Now, only one ceremony is held each year in Los Angeles. Some of those first winners include Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Count Basie, and Henry Mancini.
Ready to cast your vote for the 2021 Grammy winners? Your library card gives you free access to listen to many of the nominated artists, as well as some other fun ways to enjoy music.
Grammy Album of the Year Nominees on hoopla
Black Pumas, Black Pumas
Chilombo, Jhene Aiko
Djesse, Vol. 3, Jacob Collier
Everyday Life, Coldplay
Folklore, Taylor Swift
Future Nostalgia, Dua Lipa
Hollywood’s Bleeding, Post Malone
Want more? Hoopla has more than 100 albums by artist that have been nominated for Grammy awards, beyond just Album of the Year.
Belt it Out!
If you just can’t help but sing along, the Karaoke machine from the Gadgets & Things collection may be the thing for you! Show off your singing skills with family or friends (or by yourself, if your skills are like mine).
Want to know more about these talented musicians? Check out some of these biographies and documentaries about the artists that are up for Grammy Awards this year.
Beyonce: Shine Your Light biography for kids
Coldplay: Beyond the Stage documentary on hoopla
Billie Eilish biography for teens
Lady Gaga: One Sequin at a Time documentary on hoopla
John Legend: Making of a Legend documentary on Films on Demand
Taylor Swift: From the Heart documentary on hoopla