Sheryl Crow Honored at the 2024 Grammys on the Hill Awards

UPDATE (May 2): On Wednesday, May 1, artists and music industry leaders visited the White House for conversations with top Biden administration officials on issues facing music creators today. The visit marked the culmination of the Grammys’ Hill Advocacy Day.

Prior to the White House visit, members of the music community met with members of Congress, including the Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Senator. Marsha Blackbrand (R-TN), Majority Leader of the House of Representatives Steve Scalise (R-LA), Democratic Leader of the House Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY), Chairman of the Democratic Caucus in the House of Representatives Pete Aguilar (D-CA), and chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee Michael McCaul (R-TX).

Both in the White House and on Capitol Hill, conversations focused on protecting the image, likeness, and voice of individual creators from AI counterfeits through legislative action such as the No AI FRAUD Act and the No FAKES Act discussion draft and reforming the ticket marketplace for live events. to better protect artists and fans through legislation, including the Fans First Act and the TICKET Act.

Artists attending Advocacy Day included Patti Austin, Lauren Daigle, Kenyon Dixon, Sara GazarekJ. Ivy, Rapsody, Mark Ronson, and Leon Thomas III. Recording Academy leadership present included CEO Harvey Mason Jr., president Panos A. Panaymain advocacy and policy officer Todd Duplerand chairman of the supervisory board Tammy pain.

This year’s Grammys on the Hill initiative kicked off on Tuesday, April 30, with the Grammys on the Hill Awards, honoring nine-time Grammy winner Sheryl Crow and Sens. Johannes Cornyn (R-TX) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN). The event was hosted by singer and actress Candiace Dillard Bassett and featured performances by Crow and Daigle along with an electro-acoustic duo ARKAIDwan Hill and The War and the Treaty.

EARLIER (April 23): Sheryl Crow and Sens. John Cornyn (R-TX) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) will be honored April 30 when the Recording Academy hosts its annual Grammys on the Hill Awards. The awards dinner, hosted by singer/actress Candiace Dillard Bassett, will be held at Hamilton Live in Washington, DC, with live performances and special guests.

The event brings together conference leaders and music makers to recognize those who have led the fight for creators’ rights.

“Protecting the rights of creators is at the core of the Recording Academy’s mission,” Harvey Mason Jr., CEO of the Recording Academy, said in a statement. “Grammys on the Hill is an opportunity to celebrate the artists and our country’s leaders who champion this cause, and to recognize the unifying power of music.”

“Receiving this award from Recording Academy is a tremendous honor for me, because protecting creators’ rights is more important now than ever before,” said Crow. “In this age where technology is changing the world faster than we can adapt, we need clear eyes to see both the opportunities and challenges ahead so that artists are not more disadvantaged than they already are. Music nourishes our humanity, and I am proud to be recognized as an advocate for protecting the people who make music.”

Crow has dedicated much of her life to activism. In 2000, she co-founded the Recording Artists’ Coalition, along with former Grammys on the Hill honoree Don Henley, to protect creators’ rights and change unfair practices in the industry. In 2009, the Recording Artists’ Coalition formed an alliance with the Recording Academy to continue its mission as a program within the Academy’s Advocacy office.

Recently, Crow has spoken out about the threat AI poses to music makers, including in her new song “Evolution,” which grapples with the future impact of artificial intelligence on humanity and the planet.

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As a philanthropist, Crow is known for her support of multiple charities, including MusiCares, The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, The World Food Program, Feeding America, Adopt a Classroom, the Elton John AIDS Foundation, Pelotonia and the Delta Children’s Home. Crow, a nine-time Grammy winner, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2023.

Sens. Cornyn and Klobuchar are recognized for their support of creators and their collective efforts to advocate for policies that support the music community. During the COVID-19 pandemic, senators provided a lifeline for music through the Save Our Stages Act, which provided $16 billion in federal aid to shuttered venues. That represents the largest federal investment in the arts in American history.

During this conference they are working on reforming ticket sales for live events through the Fans First Act. The legislation, introduced in December 2023, would address shortcomings in the ticket market.

The next day, May 1, the Recording Academy will host the annual Grammys on the Hill Advocacy Day, where current and past Grammy winners and nominees, along with industry leaders, meet with lawmakers to discuss issues affecting contemporary music makers confronted. This year, music makers will gather with members of Congress to discuss important issues that the Academy and its members continue to advocate for, including:

• Protecting the image, likeness, and voice of individual creators from AI counterfeits through legislative measures such as the No AI FRAUD Act and the No FAKES Act discussion draft.

• Reform the ticket market for live events to better protect artists and fans through legislation, including the Fans First Act and the TICKET Act.

For the first time, Grammys on the Hill is expanding its previous status as a two-day event. On May 3, the Grammys on the Hill Future Forum will be held in partnership with the Human Artistry Campaign and will explore the impact of artificial intelligence on the music community.

Pharrell Williams was the winner of the 2023 Grammys on The Hill Awards. Last year’s event also honored the U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (DN.Y.) and Senator. Bill Cassidy (R-La.).