Event: GRAMMYs Heading to Brooklyn

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The GRAMMYs and The Recording Academy announced yesterday that they will be coming to Brooklyn this May! More than 30 Grammy winning and nominated artists including NE-YO, Aloe Blacc and Robin Thicke will perform between May 5th to May 8th at various Prospect Park locations.

To showcase and celebrate excellence in music across genres, The Recording Academy® has partnered with Upsilon Ventures, producer and developer of iconic destinations and visitor experiences and the New York City Mayor’s Office to present GRAMMY Parkthe first GRAMMY®-branded, multiday live music experience.

Over the course of four days and 10 live concert performances, more than 30 artists, collectively honored with 40-plus GRAMMY and Latin GRAMMY Awards®, will converge in Brooklyn to celebrate the rich musical diversity of various genres, including R&B, hip-hop, gospel, pop, Latin, and jazz.

Live music performances and signature Artist Spotlights featuring seven-time GRAMMY winner Toni Braxton, three-time GRAMMY winner NE-YO with Jazmine Sullivan, and a special evening featuring GRAMMY nominees Robin Thicke and Aloe Blacc will take place in two of Brooklyn’s most iconic locations, the Prospect Park Bandshell and the historic Kings Theatre. Additional special events and programs will be held at LeFrak Center at Lakeside, Prospect Park.

Ticket prices for GRAMMY Park range from $35 to $175 for VIP packages, and are on sale now www.GRAMMYPark.com.

Thursday, May 5

 8 p.m.

Artist Spotlight: NE-YO with Jazmine Sullivan
Location: Kings Theatre

NE-YO (three-time GRAMMY® winner) with

Jazmine Sullivan (11-time GRAMMY nominee)

Friday, May 6

5:30 p.m.
Changing The Game
Location: Kings Theatre

A provocative conversation about hip-hop’s impact on the music world and society, featuring Joey Badass and the groundbreaking artists listed below.

7 p.m.
Latin Mix

Location: Prospect Park Bandshell

Natalia Lafourcade (GRAMMY winner; seven-time Latin GRAMMY winner)
Arturo O’Farrill & The Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra
(O’Farrill, three-time GRAMMY winner; Latin GRAMMY winner)

Alex Cuba (four-time Latin GRAMMY winner)

Additional performers to be announced

8 p.m.

Hip-Hop Groundbreakers: Concert
Chuck D (six-time GRAMMY nominee)

Just Blaze (six-time GRAMMY nominee)

MC Lyte (two-time GRAMMY nominee)

Rahiem

Keith Shocklee

The Kidd Creole

Ray Chew, music director

Saturday, May 7

10 a.m.
The Next Generation: Emerging Artists – (free and open to the public)

Location: Prospect Park Bandshell

Showcasing emerging stars of the jazz world; performers to be announced.

2 p.m.
Jazz All-Stars

Location: Prospect Park Bandshell
Monty Alexander – Harlem Kingston Express (Alexander, GRAMMY nominee)
Terence Blanchard featuring The E-Collective (Blanchard, four-time GRAMMY winner)
Kurt Elling (GRAMMY winner)

Christian McBride Trio (McBride, five-time GRAMMY winner)
Cécile McLorin Salvant (GRAMMY winner)

John Patitucci Electric Guitar Quartet (Patitucci, GRAMMY winner)

8 p.m.

Artist Spotlight: Robin Thicke & Aloe Blacc

Location: Kings Theatre

Robin Thicke (five-time GRAMMY nominee) and
Aloe Blacc (GRAMMY nominee)

Sunday, May 8

Noon
Gospel Concert – (free and open to the public)
Location: Prospect Park Bandshell

Hezekiah Walker (two-time GRAMMY winner)

BeBe Winans (six-time GRAMMY winner)

Ray Chew, music director

7 p.m.
Big Band & Broadway Remix

Location: Prospect Park Bandshell
Christian McBride Big Band
Special Guests:
Jonathan Butler (two-time GRAMMY nominee)
Andra Day (two-time GRAMMY nominee)

Additional performers to be announced

7 p.m.

Toni Braxton

Location: Kings Theatre

Toni Braxton (seven-time GRAMMY winner)

“As The Recording Academy recognizes musical excellence every year with our annual GRAMMY Awards®, we also celebrate musical diversity year-round through our many events and programs, and GRAMMY Park will do just that,” said Branden Chapman, Executive In Charge Of Production & Chief Business Development Officer of The Recording Academy. “We’re excited to offer the public the opportunity to experience various music genres and share the cultural diversity of the GRAMMYs®, and there is no better place to do this than the Big Apple.”

“All year long Brooklynites and New Yorkers flock to Prospect Park to attend free concerts, get fit and stay healthy, and simply take in the beautiful scenery,” said NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver, FAICP. “We look forward to working with The Recording Academy to provide visitors with another cultural opportunity to celebrate all things music and New York City’s diversity.”

“We are honored to work with The Recording Academy, and also look forward to working with the New York City Mayor’s Office and New York City Parks to create a multifaceted experience that has never been done before,”  said Itai Shoffman and Sar Inbar, Principals of Upsilon Ventures. “New York City is the epicenter for music and we intend to take guests of GRAMMY Park on a musical journey that blends best-in-class concerts, and experiences and events with local, national and international artists.”

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