The Los Angeles GRAMMY Museum was established in 2008, opening its doors in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of the Grammy Awards. In addition to preserving and telling the story of the history of the Grammy awards, the museum also celebrates award winners, with interactive exhibits designed to truly inspire each and every visitor.
One of the highlights of the museum for many visitors is the tribute to Michael Jackson, which can be found on the third floor. Some of the items that you will see on display here include a variety of artifacts from his Thriller music video, a few signature pieces, such as his fedora and gloves, and pages of sheet music, all of which give fans a chance to learn more about his legacy. Another interesting exhibit is Legends of Motown: Celebrating the Miracles, which focuses on The Miracles, the very first successful Motown recording act who became a part of musical history, paving the way for the pop music, soul, and R&B that we know and love today. Those that want to learn more about international music will appreciate the Sounds of Africa exhibit, which celebrates the diversity of African music with artists from all over Africa, from Nigeria to the Congo to Benin.
In order to stay current, the Los Angeles GRAMMY Museum must continue to host cutting-edge exhibitions, and this is exactly what the Travelling Exhibitions, which have been all over the world from London to New York to Paris, are. In fact, one of the museum’s most popular exhibits to date has been a Travelling Exhibit, and is on display until February 2017, meaning that you still have some time to catch it. The exhibit, entitled The Taylor Swift Experience, makes use of personal photographs, home videos and handwritten lyrics to provide a unique insight into this much-loved contemporary artist. There are also several photography Travelling Exhibits that are worth checking out, such as Sinatra 100, which features 38 framed photographs that span Frank Sinatra’s life, and Bob Dylan: Photographs by Daniel Kramer, of which there are over 50 that date between 1964 and 1965.
Upcoming Music Performances
The Los Angeles Grammy Museum hosts exciting music events throughout the year, many of them featuring Grammy stars themselves. January 2017 sees some extremely talented artists take the stage, with the Lonely Boy: Tales of a Sex Pistol with Steve Jones show already sold out. Doyle Bramhall II, a distinctive vocalist, guitarist and composer who worked with Eric Clapton for ten years, will also be performing in January, as will Eric Johnson, one of the finest electric guitarists in the world, and Silversun Pickups, who are hailed as being one of the most creative rock bands to be seen in recent years.
The Los Angeles GRAMMY Museum is a must-visit for any music fans in LA, as well as for those who want to learn more about American culture. Whether you spend some time exploring the many exhibits, or catch an iconic music performance, this is a museum that is guaranteed to widen your musical horizons.