Wednesday, October 14, 2015

The Recording Academy to Air an All-Star Salute to Frank Sinatra

As part of the 100th anniversary of the birth of Frank Sinatra, the Recording Academy, AEG Ehrlich Ventures and CBS will produce and air Sinatra 100: An All-Star Grammy Concert on Sunday, December 6 from 9 to 11 PM ET.

This will be the third All-Star Grammy Concert for the academy after the Beatles salute in 2014 and Stevie Wonder earlier this year, with each special bringing together a host of artists to perform the songs of the artist being honored. The show has traditionally been aired the week after the Grammy Awards; however, it is being moved forward to coincide with Sinatra's 100th.

Among the artists signed so far to perform at the show are Tony Bennett, Garth Brooks, Alicia Keys, John Legend, Adam Levine, Carrie Underwood and Usher.

Through the generosity of the Sinatra family, the concert will feature artists performing instantly recognizable arrangements originally orchestrated for "the Chairman of the Board" by renowned arrangers Don Costa, Gordon Jenkins, Quincy Jones, and Nelson Riddle. The special will keep the honoree center stage throughout the night by integrating tribute performances of Sinatra classics with rare archival footage narrated by Sinatra himself.

"Frank Sinatra is a voice for all generations. His showmanship and artistry have remained unmatched since he began performing professionally in the 1930s to his last recording 21 years ago," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy. "Today, he continues to gain popularity for his classic sound and signature style. It’s only fitting that we join the global celebration in honor of his 100th birthday."

"My personal memories of Frank remind me that he was a class act who also knew how to have fun. That's what this celebration will be," said executive producer Ken Ehrlich of AEG Ehrlich Ventures. "By partnering with Steve Wynn and featuring Las Vegas as the backdrop, the evening will be a party the Rat Pack would be proud of."

"The name Frank Sinatra is synonymous with excellence that is timeless. As a performer, he possessed undeniable charisma and masterful artistry that resonate throughout generations," said Jack Sussman, executive vice president, specials, music and live events, CBS Entertainment. "To have the opportunity to celebrate the life and art of The Chairman of the Board on his 100th birthday, and witness the lasting effects his music has had on artists today with a star-studded GRAMMY concert, is a true honor."

Among Sinatra's nine Grammy wins are three for Album Of The Year for Come Dance With Me (1959), September Of My Years (1965), and A Man And His Music (1966). Additional recognition from The Recording Academy includes a Lifetime Achievement Award, Grammy Legend Award™, and 13 recordings inducted into the Grammy Hall Of Fame®.