Grammy Awards Fast Facts
Willie Grace | 12/8/2014, 9:37 a.m. | Updated on 12/8/2014, 9:37 a.m.
2015 Grammy Awards - Nominees:
Album of the Year: "Morning Phase" - Beck "Beyoncé" - Beyoncé "X" - Ed Sheeran "In The Lonely Hour" - Sam Smith "Girl" - Pharrell Williams
Song of the Year: "All About That Bass" - Kevin Kadish & Meghan Trainor, songwriters (Meghan Trainor) "Chandelier" - Sia Furler & Jesse Shatkin, songwriters (Sia) "Shake It Off" - Max Martin, Shellback & Taylor Swift, songwriters (Taylor Swift) "Stay With Me (Darkchild Version)" - James Napier, William Phillips & Sam Smith, songwriters (Sam Smith) "Take Me To Church" - Andrew Hozier-Byrne, songwriter (Hozier)
Record of the Year: "Fancy" - Iggy Azalea Featuring Charli XCX "Chandelier" - Sia "Stay With Me (Darkchild Version)" - Sam Smith "Shake It Off" - Taylor Swift "All About That Bass" - Meghan Trainor
Best New Artist: Iggy Azalea Bastille Brandy Clark Haim Sam Smith
Timeline (from NARAS and other sources): 1957 - The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, also known as NARAS or the Recording Academy, is founded in Los Angeles, California.
May 4, 1958 - The Recording Academy hosts its first awards.
1959 - The name of the award, "Grammy," is chosen in a contest.
1959-1962 - The first trophy is a gramophone with a walnut base designed by Bob Graves.
May 4, 1959 - The Grammy Awards are held for 1958 releases.
November 29, 1959 - The Grammy Awards are held for partial 1959 releases and taped performances are aired on NBC television.
October 14, 1962 - Inauguration of what is to become the Lifetime Achievement Award: the Golden Achievement Award.
1963-1972 - The Golden Achievement Award becomes the Bing Crosby Award.
1967 - The Trustees Award is established.
March 16, 1971 - Andy Williams hosts the first live Grammy Awards telecast at the Hollywood Palladium.
February 1973 - The Hall of Fame Award is established.
1974 - The Latin categories debuts.
1980 - Rock is recognized as a genre by the Recording Academy. The years telecast also includes the only appearance of the Disco category.
1982 - The Bing Crosby Award becomes the Lifetime Achievement Award.
1982 - The first Grammy for a music video is presented.
February 20, 1983 - The first President's Merit Award is presented.
1984 - The Reggae category debuts.
1987 - The New Age category debuts.
1989 - The Grammy Foundation is established.
1989 - Rap is recognized as a genre by the Recording Academy.
1990 - The Alternative category debuts.
September 1993 - The Recording Academy opens its new national headquarters in Santa Monica, California.
1994 - The Technical Award is established.
1997 - The Latin Recording Academy is established.
1998 - The Dance category debuts.
September 13, 2000 - The first Latin Grammy Awards are presented.
December 2008 - The Grammy Museum debuts in Los Angeles, in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of the Grammy Awards.
January 2014 - Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr perform together at the Grammy Awards.
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