The first Grammy Awards were held in 1958. The event was located in both New York and Los Angeles to accommodate artists on both sides of the country. This was changed to a single event in 1971.
The Grammy Awards became the most prestigious award ceremony in music from 1971 with the first television broadcast. This was done by ABC after Pierre Cossette, a Broadway producer, bought the broadcasting rights.
The Grammy Award itself is trophy-shaped like a gramophone. It is handmade by Billings Artworks in Ridgway, Colorado and consists of hard metals with gold plating.
Most of the awards presented to artists and professionals are segmented by a particular musical genre. But four general awards are issued each year: this year’s album of the year, song of the year and best new artist.
To generate Grammy Awards nominations, 150 industry experts hold a review and a vote. Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu’s accounting firm handles the tables. The Grammy Awards is an honorary exhibition and event held annually at the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences in the United States. The Grammys are awarded to various individuals and organizations in the recording industry for outstanding achievements. The ceremony itself is known for many performances by prominent artists and is televised in many countries around the world.