The Grammys come to DC.

2 Mar

Blue backlights, big screens, and business professionals proved to be nothing short of Hollywood Chic. BARCODE, on 17th Street in downtown D.C. could have been mistaken for Malibu or Melrose last Sunday as the Recording Academy hosted the 2011 Grammy viewing party.

 

The telecast viewing party for the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards was to celebrate and honor the past year in music. Music Industry executives and members of the recording academy who didn’t go to LA, mixed with Grammy U members and other young people. The electro-pop DJ,

hor devours, and big viewing screens made for good vibes in between the show whether it was personal commentary, winning a door prize.

 

“It’s a great networking opportunity there are promoters, agents, GMs, performance venue owners here,” said songwriter and Academy member B-Rich. “Attendance at this event can broaden your network in the DC area—instantaneously.”

 

The Grammy Awards this year was highly entertaining. When Jaden Smith jumped on stage with pop superstar Justin Beiber –the entire rooms roared in excitement. Furthermore, jazz musician Esperanza Spalding winning the Grammy for Best New Artist took the crowd over the top—leading to easy conversation the rest of the night.

 

Student members of Grammy U also filled the venue cultivating off of the amazing opportunity to view the award show with people who voted on many of the winners.

 

“Becoming apart of Grammy U has allotted me the opportunity to network with other college students and business professionals in the Washington dc area who are also apart of or intertwined within the entertainment industry, said Howard University student Martiea Anderson.”

 

Grammy U is a unique fast-growing community of college students in pursuit of a career in the music industry. The program is designed to enhance students learning with access to recording industry professionals, networking opportunities, and educational programs to give them a 360 view of the recording industry.

 

 

“ Ultimately I would like to start my own recording studio and performance venue,” said American University student Aaron Long. “I’ve got lots of business cards tonight, I think Grammy U can open new doors and give me new insights to reaching that goal.”

 

As the night ended and the at least 100 event attendees filed out of BARCODE, the night proved to be a success—the Grammys came to D.C. If anyone left the event without a new name in their phone contacts, a new song to add to their iTunes, or a new insight into the industry they may not have been there at all. The Recording Academy did it once again—giving everyone their music fix, satisfying the vivacious audiophile in all of us.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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