of certain facts about the Grammy’s you may not have known.
Many Grammy facts have worked their way into pop-culture lore: The Beatles won best new artist in 1965, and Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band won album of the year in 1968. Christopher Cross took all the Big Four categories — best new artist and record, song and album of the year — in 1981. Milli Vanilli won best new artist in 1990, only to be stripped of the honor a few months later. Here, though, are a host of lesser-known Grammy facts with which you can amaze — or annoy — your friends as you watch the 57th Annual Grammy Awards Sunday night.
THE FIRST GRAMMY AWARDS WAS HELD MAY 4, 1959, AT THE BEVERLY HILTON IN LOS ANGELES.
They recognized 28 categories. Composer Henry Mancini won album of the year for Music From Peter Gunn, while Italian singer Domenico Modugno won both record and song of the year Nel Blu Dipinto di Blu (Volare).
THE 13TH ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS IN 1971 WERE THE FIRST ONES TELEVISED.
They were broadcast from the Hollywood Palladium.
THE GRAMMYS RED CARPET IS 500 FEET LONG BY 80 FEET WIDE.
It has welcomed more than 7,000 people in a year.
THERE ARE 899 ACTUAL NOMINEES FOR THE 57TH ANNUAL GRAMMYS.
Beyoncé and Sam Smith are the two with the most nominations — six each.
IF YOU WANT TO DRAMATICALLY INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING A GRAMMY, GET QUINCY JONES AND ALISON KRAUSS INVOLVED.
They share the lead for most Grammy wins by living artists, with 27 each. The late conductor Sir George Solti holds the overall record with 31.
THE RECORDING ACADEMY RECEIVED MORE THAN 20,000 RECORDING SUBMISSIONS FOR THE 57TH GRAMMY AWARDS.
MICHAEL JACKSON AND SANTANA HOLD THE RECORD FOR THE MOST GRAMMYS WON IN ONE NIGHT.
They each took eight — Jackson in 1984, Santana in 2000.
THE @LATINGRAMMYS TWITTER FEED, WITH 2.1 MILLION FOLLOWERS, IS MORE POPULAR THAN @THEGRAMMYS, WITH 1.85 MILLION.
They are the most followed awards shows on Twitter
THE GRAMMY AWARDS HAVE CALLED THREE CITIES HOME.
Los Angeles has hosted 34 times, New York nine times and Nashville once in 1972.
SNOOP DOGG AND BRIAN MCKNIGHT HAVE BEEN NOMINATED 16 TIMES FOR GRAMMYS BUT HAVE NEVER WON.
Quincy Jones has the most nominations, with 79.
THE GRAMMY WEIGHS 6 POUNDS AND IS MADE OF A SPECIAL METAL CALLED “GRAMMIUM.”
Don’t bother asking what grammium is made of. We did, and they wouldn’t tell us.
ONLY TWO MASTER ARTISANS HAVE EVER CRAFTED THE GRAMMY AWARD.
Bob Graves from 1958-1984 and John Billings from 1985 – present.
THE OLDEST GRAMMY WINNER WAS THE LATE BLUES PIANIST PINETOP PERKINS, AT 97 YEARS OLD.
The youngest was LeAnn Rimes at 14 years old. Taylor Swift, at 20, was the youngest to win album of the year.