GRAMMY Museum Announces February’s Spotlight Saturdays Series Takeover with Interscope Geffen A&M
FEATURED ARTISTS INCLUDE GRACIE ABRAMS, J.I., MEREBA, AND OLIVIA RODRIGO
WHO: Spotlight Saturdays February Series Takeover By Interscope Geffen A&M
2/6 – Olivia Rodrigo
2/13 – J.I.
2/20 – Mereba
2/27 – Gracie Abrams
WHAT: GRAMMY Museum®‘s Spotlight Saturdays series features up-and-coming artists every Saturday. Each month is in collaboration with a label, with February’s takeover by Interscope Geffen A&M. Spotlight Saturdays is part of the Museum’s Public Programs digital series on the Museum’s official streaming service, COLLECTION:live, which features intimate sit-down interviews and performances via digital conferencing.
WHEN: Every Saturday in February starting Feb. 6.
WHERE: COLLECTION:live: watch.grammymuseum.org
COLLECTION:live is the GRAMMY Museum’s official online streaming service, featuring an artfully curated collection of newly produced artist interviews, performances and livestreams, as well as special releases from the GRAMMY Museum archive. The Museum’s popular Public Programs series has been recorded over the last decade from the Clive Davis Theater in Los Angeles and has since surpassed the 1,000 program mark. Proceeds benefit the Museum’s music education initiatives.
ABOUT THE GRAMMY MUSEUM
The GRAMMY Museum is a nonprofit organization dedicated to cultivating a greater understanding of the history and significance of music through exhibits, education, grants, preservation initiatives, and public programming. Paying tribute to our collective musical heritage, the Museum explores and celebrates all aspects of the art form — from the technology of the recording process to the legends who’ve made lasting marks on our cultural identity.
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ABOUT GRACIE ABRAMS
Named an artist to watch by Pigeons & Planes, Fader, and iD — and crowned one of seven breakout female musicians by Vogue UK — Gracie Abrams considers herself a songwriter, first and foremost. After writing her first song at the age of eight, she went on to earn a devoted following on the strength of her indelibly personal lyrics and magnetic vocal delivery. Through the years, Abrams shared homespun clips of her songs on social media, amassing over 390k followers on Instagram before she’d even released her first track. In October 2019, Abrams made her official debut with the intensely vulnerable song “Mean It.” Released in July, Gracie’s debut project minor features her beloved singles “21,” “I miss you, I’m sorry,” and “Long Sleeves.” The seven-song project drew praise from outlets like Ones To Watch, who noted that “Abrams encourages her listeners to acknowledge every ugly feeling that bubbles up, revel in it, and accept that it’s okay to feel this way.” Executive-produced by Slatkin, minor also found Abrams collaborating with producer/songwriters like Joel Little, Benny Blanco, Jim-E Stack, Sarah Aarons, and Caroline Pennell.
Bubbling Brooklyn-bred artist, J.I has over 85 million views on YouTube for his single “Need Me,” the record he released last year under the EP, Hood Life Krisis Vol. 1. The project helped him pave the way to being named an artist to watch in 2021 by Billboard, UPROXX, and Vulture. The hit song instantly became a fan favorite and since it’s release then has gone on to chart Top 20 on Urban Radio and reach Platinum status. Following his debut in 2019, J.I shared four EP’s, which have now generated over 700 million streams. Last summer the rising rapper shared his label-debut, Welcome To GStarr Vol. 1 via G*Starr Ent./Geffen Records – it features collaborations with Lil Durk, Nav, and Latin artist, Myke Towers. His body of work led him to receive major support from Spotify, who chose him to be the second artist to be highlighted in their RADAR program (helping share the stories of new emerging global artists with their users), it also received praise from Vulture, Billboard, Complex, XXL, ABC News, Pitchfork and more. Most recently he shared the latest installment of his mixtape trilogy, Hood Life Krisis Vol. 3 which features 7-tracks including a solo Reggaetón single, “Suficiente,” as well as the highly anticipated collaboration, “R&B Shit,” with fellow NYC rapper, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie (XXL’s “13 Best New Songs of the Week”). The project garnered rave reviews from Complex (“has quickly grown to become one of the brightest acts out right now”), Billboard (“J.I. looks to bearhug the NY rap scene once more with his third installment.”), HotNewHipHop (the young emcee did not disappoint on the new project”) and more. He was also named one of Rolling Stone’s “Biggest Breakthrough Artists of 2020” and landed a spot on The New York Times “Best Songs of 2020 Playlist.” At 19-years-old, J.I. continues to be a force to be reckoned with.
Los Angeles-based singer, songwriter, and producer Marian Mereba, known as Mereba, got her start with a series of folk-soul hybrid releases, including her self-released EP Room for Living, an alternately spacy and rustic set accompanied by her own guitar playing and production. In 2018, Mereba released her first singles through major-label Interscope. A 9th Wonder collaboration titled “Black Truck” marked her official debut that February and was followed by the release of “Planet U,” which she produced herself with co-production from Ayo Olatunji and Sam Hoffman. Both tracks were included on her groundbreaking debut album The Jungle Is the Only Way Out, which arrived in February 2019 and also featured appearances from 6LACK and J.I.D. The acclaimed project earned praise from Vogue, Pitchfork, Billboard, Earmilk, Hypebeast, and Ones to Watch, who noted that “Mereba has pushed the boundaries of R&B and established herself as a voice of the future.” Her innovative offering earned her an invitation to NPR’s coveted Tiny Desk for both a solo set in 2019 and a set alongside the genre-bending collective Spillage Village in 2020, of which she is a member. She also appeared on Dreamville’s now-platinum Revenge of the Dreamers III in 2019, which earned her first GRAMMY nomination in 2020.
ABOUT OLIVIA RODRIGO
Singer/songwriter Olivia Rodrigo has made a monumental debut with her record-breaking new original single, “drivers license,” available via Geffen Records. The stunning and emotive piano-driven track debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, holding the top spot for the third week in a row, and was RIAA certified Platinum within two weeks – earning the “First and Fastest” 2021 RIAA Award
Within its first week, “drivers license” amassed over 107M global streams with over 62M streams in the U.S. alone, which is the second largest U.S. audio streaming ever and the largest audio streaming in three years. The song also debuted at No. 1 across major streaming services, entered the charts at No. 1 in the U.K., Canada, Australia, the Netherlands, Norway, Ireland, New Zealand, and Portugal, and smashed worldwide streaming records. “drivers license” had the biggest weekly streaming debut for any song globally in Spotify history, and beat Rodrigo’s own previously-held record for the most Spotify streams for a song in a week. The track also broke Global Amazon Music records – racking up the most streams in a week for a song debut and the most on-demand streams in a single day, as well as scoring the most voice requests ever via ‘Alexa’ for a song in one day worldwide.
Hailed as an “early contender for song of the year” by Rolling Stone, “drivers license” underscores Rodrigo’s songwriting prowess and knack at creating immediately powerful music. Complete with radiant harmonies, kinetic percussion, and Rodrigo’s soaring vocals, the Dan Nigro co-written and produced track is a brilliant balance of unfiltered outpouring and graceful specificity – articulated by a talented young artist wise beyond her years.