GRAMMY Pro 2016 Year In Review

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It was another exciting year exploring the art and craft of music through exclusive stories, artist insights, technique workshops, conversations, and performances with Recording Academy members, creators, and professionals across the industry. Watch, read, share and enjoy some of the many highlights from 2016.

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Studio pros enjoyed countless treats this year with workshops and conversations featuring top producers and engineers -- from the legendary conversations with Beatles’ engineer Geoff Emerick, to a panel discussing the studio magic of the late, great Allen Toussaint, insights from long-time hit machines like Tony Maserati, Harvey Mason Jr. and Swizz Beatz, to cutting-edge candor from today’s chart-shakers like mega-producer Diplo, Americana powerhouse record-maker Dave Cobb, artist & self-produced sensation Grimes, up to and including and this year’s  GRAMMY-nominated Producer of the Year (Non-Classical) Benny Blanco.


Songwriting is the genesis of a record’s creative journey. This year offered the very first Songwriter Week: five days of programming featuring some of the greatest songwriters to ever pen a tune. Pop/R&B icon Lionel Richie talked about his writing philosophy with Academy Award-winning actor Kevin Spacey, the ultimate ‘songwriter’s songwriter’ John Prine joined country phenom and Album Of The Year nominee Sturgil Simpson to swap song stories and perform a few numbers together. We also covered the writing techniques of 59th GRAMMY nominee Keith Urban, Jason Isbell, and GRAMMY-nominee for Best New Artist this year, Kelsea Ballerini.


Great music is elevated by electrifying and inspiring performances. Anderson .Paak, another current nominee for Best New Artist, lit up screens of all sizes this year with an unforgettable, statement-making set as part of his Up Close & Personal conversation.  This year’s Buzzin’ series was also marked by equally memorable performances, including gospel songstress and 59th GRAMMY nominee Lalah Hathaway, beloved R&B singer Tweet, and Beyonce’s inventive protégés Chloe x Halle. Former R.E.M. bassist and composer Mike Mills also joined violin virtuoso Mike McDuffie for a collision of stylistic worlds, showcasing their brand-new rock concerto collaboration at the 2016 Aspen Music Festival.

Industry Topics & Techniques

For those looking to hone their craft and become more adept at navigating the industry’s churning waters, Recording Academy Chapters dove deep, surfacing with an expert panel on Demystifying Mastering, a hands-on masterclass in Recording Classical Music, an interactive warm-up and cool-down Vocal Health Workshop, a roundtable exposition on maximizing profit from your work with Sync Licensing Today, and a GRAMMY Town Hall conversation about the opportunities and controversy of music streaming services.  

Exclusive Live Streams

GRAMMY Pro brought real-time coverage of exclusive conversations and performances with the best of the best live from the GRAMMY Museum: Paul Simon, GRAMMY nominee Steve Aoki, Sting, Nick Jonas, and the aforementioned once-in-a-lifetime pairing of John Prine and Sturgil Simpson. Panel conversations honoring the artistic foundation of our industry were also broadcast live with programming on the History of Reggae and the Life And Legacy Of Janis Joplin. All of the coverage of these exciting live events lives online so you didn’t miss a beat. Stay tuned for more live streaming in the 2017!

Benefits of Membership

The Recording Academy is the preeminent organization for musicians, producers, engineers and other music professionals. Our mission is to advance artistic and technical excellence, work to ensure a vital and free creative environment, and act as an advocate on behalf of music and its makers.

Our members have access to live events all around the country, as well as 24/7 access to the GRAMMY Pro library of video and editorial content, which explores the industry and craft of music.

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