– History of the Grammys
By Valerie Milano
Los Angeles, CA (Hollywood Today) 1/27/14 “The very first opera house in the United States of America opened in Louisiana in 1796, that kind of sets the tone for the musical legacy that would follow for generations thereafter.” Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne told those that gathered at the Conga Room today for a wonderful Louisiana brunch, which included red beans and rice, gumbo, redfish and finished up with pecan pie and bananas foster. Lt. Gov. Dardenne spoke about the first diverse music in North America, which had come to the territory of Louisiana with the French and Ursuline Nuns literally brought Italian and French songs and hymns to Louisiana. They brought musical instruments that led to great music in the State of Louisiana. He was so excited to share the following stories. “Since 2000, for the past 13 years, every year, Louisiana has had no less than nine nominees each year and they have 12 in 2014. It’s no wonder that the Grammys got their name from a Louisiana lady, Jane Danna from New Orleans won a contest to select the name for the award to be given by the Recording Academy. Ms. Danna remembers listening to records playing loudly on her Grandmother’s Gramophone and like most mothers of the day would yell at her to turn down that Grammys and she never did and never would but she submitted that name that was selected by the Recording Academy, and is now one of the most recognized logos and brands in the world and the Grammys began thanks to a Louisiana lady.”
The audience was shown a musical slide show with various legendary singers that were born in Louisiana, including Fats Domino, Louis Armstrong, Allen Toussaint, Jerry Lee Lewis, Aaron Neville and the Neville Brothers, Harry Connick, Jr., Hank Williams Jr., Britney Spears, Trace Adkins, Hunter Hayes and Tim McGraw.
Actress, Faith Ford was also in attendance to talk about her home state of Louisiana. Ms. Ford told the audience how happy she was to be the spokesperson for this annual event and she could not wait to taste all the fabulous food.
The Louisiana Hay Ride performed and as well as the Grammy nominated Hot 8 Brass Band. The celebration in the Conga Room concluded conga style line with The Wild Magnolias Mardi Gras Indians leading the way out to the LA Live Quad area with Faith Ford and Lt. Gov. Dardenne waiving their Louisiana Pick Your Passion white cloth napkins. The Grammy nominated Hot 8 Brass Band once again played while those that gathered danced in the streets, including Lt. Gov. Dardenne and Faith Ford.
Faith Ford told Hollywood Today that she was excited to be back in California, since she had sold her home and now lives in Louisiana. She said growing up in Louisiana gave her many fond memories and that food was always the best thing she remembers as a child. Which probably led to her publishing a cookbook in 2004, Cooking With Faith. She travels between Louisiana and New York to work on her current project Mind Body Balance.
It sure was a wonderful brunch with great people, fabulous food and exceptionally talented people honoring their State of Louisiana.