Play It Forward: A Celebration Of Music's Evolution And Influencers" — the 15th Annual Grammy Foundation Music Preservation Project — featured live musical performances and archival footage from its preservation archives. The event took place on Thursday, February 7th at 7:30 PM at the Sabian Theatre in Beverly Hills during Grammy Week.
Performers included Mike Einziger, LeAnn Rimes, Ann Marie Simpson, George Thorogood and The Destroyers, Rodney Crowell and Emmylou Harris; Ed Sheeran, Lianne La Havas, Kenny Wayne Shepard,Guy Sebastian, Lupe Fiasco, Dionne Warwick, and Yolanda Adams . The evening's musical director was Darrell Brown.
"Play It Forward: A Celebration Of Music's Evolution And Influencers" explored the history of legendary influencers in music and the invaluable contributions of those key players, the music they inspired and their impact on the American cultural landscape. The Grammy Week celebration promotes the Grammy Foundation's mission of recognizing and preserving our musical past, so that future generations can continue to benefit from an appreciation and understanding of those contributions.
Click on the video link to see what Janis had to say about the Grammy Foundation event, songwriting, and more.
Ian won the Grammy Award this year for Best Spoken Word Album (Includes Poetry, Audio Books, & Storytelling) for her autobiography "Society Child" beating out Bill Clinton, Michelle Obama, Ellen Degeneres and Rachel Maddow.
Ian will be performing two shows this weekend in the Los Angeles area. March 23 in Pasadena and March 24 in Santa Monica.
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