Will Smith at the 1999 GRAMMYs
In his acceptance speech, he thanked his family and "the craziest wife in the world, Jada Pinkett Smith."
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|GRAMMYs/09/25/2020 - 11:17 p.m
Today, September 25th, we're celebrating the birthday of the coolest dad - who else?Will Smith! For the latest episode ofGRAMMY return, we look back at Fresh Prince's 1999 GRAMMY win for Best Rap Solo Performance for "Gettin' Jiggy Wit It."
Check out the rapper video belowMiss Elliot— put on white leather — andFuchsbraunPresent the GRAMMY to an enthusiastic Smith, who has also opted for an all-leather look. In his acceptance speech, he thanks his family and "the craziest wife in the world,Jada Pinkett-Smith.” He dedicates the award to his eldest son, Trey Smith, and jokes that Trey's teacher said he (just six at the time) could improve his rhyming skills.
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The classic 90's track is taken from his 1997 debut studio album,Big Willie style, which also includes "Miami" and the 1998 GRAMMY winner "men in black,” from the film of the same name.That's good"The rapper has won four GRAMMYs to date and earned his first back-in1989 GRAMMYs for "Parents just don't get it' when he was 20 years old.
The Chicks at the 2007 GRAMMYs.
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The Chicks were filled with emotion after winning a gold gramophone for "Not Ready to Make Nice," the song made in response to the criticism they faced in 2003.
|GRAMMYs/03/17/2023 - 05:00 p.m
review of 2003, the chicks frontwoman Natalie Maine made her infamous statement advocating peace against the invasion of Iraq. The seemingly innocuous comment quickly sparked a nationwide backlash, including a boycott of the Chicks by country music fans, radio stations and musicians.
But more importantly, Maine's progressive support sparked a conversation about America's conservative expectations of country artists. Maines' courage to speak out was an inspiration to the next generation of women in the country, includingTaylor SwiftAndKacey Musgraves, who credit the chicks with empowering them to publicly assert their liberal beliefs.
In this episode of GRAMMY return, we fast-forward four years to the career-changing controversy at the 2007 GRAMMYs, when the trio won Song of the Year alongside folk singer/songwriter DanWilson for "Not Ready to Make Nice," the track that came about in response to the massive criticism they faced.
"This is amazing," Emily Strayer said, fighting back tears. "Thanks Dan for writing with us... It was very important that you [understood] what we were trying to convey. Thank you for helping us put all of that into one song.”
Before walking offstage, Maines took the time to express her appreciation for her bandmates: "For the first time in my life, I am speechless. Thanks Martie and Emily for sticking with me it's on the GRAMMYs!" Maines joked. (The trio were the big winners that night and also picked up the GRAMMYs for Record Of The Year, Album Of The Year, "Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal" and "Best Country Album".)
To watch The Chicks' full acceptance speech for Song of the Year at the 2007 GRAMMY Awards, press play on the video above and keep checking backGRAMMY.comfor more new episodes of GRAMMY Rewind.
Whoopi Goldberg at the 1986 GRAMMYs.
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Whoopi Goldberg brought her comedy skills to the GRAMMY stage when she won Best Comedy Recording, marking a historic GRAMMY moment.
|GRAMMYs/03/10/2023 - 18:00
almost 40 years ago Whoopie Goldberg made history as the first black woman to win Best Comedy Recording at the GRAMMYs in 1986 - and marked her first step toward achieving EGOT status, which she later achieved in 2002.
In this episode of GRAMMY return, we travel back to the night Goldberg received this landmark award for her one-woman Broadway show. The stand-up comedian appropriately warmed up her acceptance speech with a few jokes: "After that, I'll have to get a job," she laughed, before lashing out at the orchestra's outdated playing. "Make me move!"
She went on to thank Geffen Records, her colleagues, her longtime supporter Mike Nichols, and her family for inspiring and supporting her throughout the record's production. Goldberg also took a moment to acknowledge her "date," the 12-time GRAMMY winner Paul Simon, who could not accompany her to the ceremony after her illness.
"I want to say that it's a very beautiful, wonderful honor to receive something as beautiful as this," concluded Goldberg. "Thank you everyone and good night!"
Press play on the video above to watch Whoopi Goldberg's full acceptance speech for Best Comedy Recording at the 28th GRAMMY Awards and keep checking backGRAMMY.comfor more episodes of GRAMMY Rewind.
Irene Cara at the 1984 GRAMMYs.
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Irene Cara was speechless as she made her way onto the stage to accept her award for "Flashdance... What a Feeling" at the 26th Annual GRAMMY Awards.
|GRAMMYs/03/03/2023 - 18:00
From its star-studded cast to its timeless music, there's no question about that Flashdance is one of the most iconic and influential films of the early 80's. Musical dramas graced the year following its release, including Unbound and princes Purple Rainthat credited Flashdance as his inspiration. So it was no surprise that the film's soundtrack made a splash at the 1984 GRAMMY Awards.
In this episode of GRAMMY return, we flash into the night Irene love won Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for Flashdance's theme song. The triple-threatened singer, actress and dancer was stunned as she made her way to the stage to collect the award: "Are you sure? I can't believe this," she squeaked to the moderators.
After paying tribute to the film's producers, actors, and musicians, she thanked her parents, who encouraged her to begin performing. "My mom and dad who started it all for me many years ago — you know I can't visit them unless I say so," Cara joked. "I love you all, thank you!"
To watch Irene Cara's full acceptance speech for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance at the 26th Annual GRAMMY Awards, press play on the video above and keep checking backGRAMMY.comfor more episodes of GRAMMY Rewind.
Destiny's Child (L-R: Kelly Rowland, Beyoncé, Michelle Williams)
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Destiny's Child beamed with excitement as they took the stage to win at the 2001 GRAMMYs for Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal.
|GRAMMYs/2/24/2023 - 5:54 p.m
25 years after the release of their debut album child of fate establishes itself as one of the most iconic and prolific girl groups in history, paving the way for the future of the fabricated girl group star. Today, Destiny's Child remains the most-nominated girl group in GRAMMY history with 14 GRAMMY nominations.
In this episode of GRAMMY Rewind, GRAMMY.com turns the clock back to 2001 when Destiny's Child took home their first Gold Gramophone award for "Say My Name" in the Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals category. Destiny's Child also won a GRAMMY for Best R&B Song that same night.
The three women burst with joy as they approached the stage. "Oh god, I can't believe we're winning a GRAMMY, ladies." Beyonce cheered before praising God, their management team, Columbia Records and their fanbase alongside groupmates Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams.
Before leaving the stage, they took a moment to show appreciation for one another. "Thank you Michelle for blessing Destiny's Child," Beyoncé said; "Say My Name" was Williams' first engagement with the group after the departure ofLe Toya LuckettAndLatavia Roberson.
Press play on the video above to watch Destiny's Child's entire acceptance speech for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal at the 2001 GRAMMYs, and keep checking GRAMMY.com for more episodes of see GRAMMY Rewind.
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