The Grammy Awards turn 60 this year! And it got us thinking about how much we knew about the history of the awards or even the award itself. We’re more than stoked about Monday and all the glamour and music it’ll have in store. But first, we’ve dug up some interesting facts about the award that you probably didn’t know. Here goes!
The biggest music awards were first called Gramophone Awards. That was changed to Eddies and finally to The Grammys.
Each Grammy weighs about 6 pounds and is moulded by a custom-made metal that they now call ‘Grammium‘. It is also plated with 24-carat gold.
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John Billings, known as "the Grammy man," in his workshop in Ridgeway, Colorado. Billings is responsible for handcrafting the Grammy statuettes handed out at the Grammy Awards each year. @jeremywadeshockley for @nytimes #nytassignment #grammys #grammyawards #johnbillings #colorado #moldmaker #handcrafted
John Billings is the man behind the design and production of these statuettes. The process of creating each one takes about 15 hours. Billings has been designing and producing these since he was 12 years old.
Since the first ceremony in 1959, the design of the award has changed only 5 times. Billings redesigned the last one in 1990, and he took about a year to create the ideal award.
After all that hard work, Billings hand delivers these awards to the venue. Once they are delivered, they pop open a bottle of champagne to mark another successful year.
Cool, right? Also, now you could boast about knowing these facts before the rest of your squad.
Catch all the action from star studded 60th Grammy Awards on Monday, 29th January on VH1.
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