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Washington, DC (April 26, 2012) – The Recording Academy, presented its 2012 GRAMMYs on the Hill Awards in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, April 25 at the Liaison Capitol Hill hotel. Often referred to as Washington’s most interesting mix of music and politics, the event honored U.S. Representative Howard Berman (D-CA) and seven-time GRAMMY-winning singer/songwriter/producer John Mayer for their commitment to improving the working environment for the nation’s music community.
The GRAMMYs on the Hill events include the April 25 awards ceremony, sponsored by SESAC, and the music community’s only annual advocacy day on Capitol Hill on Thursday, April 26, at which hundreds of music professionals from across the country will visit with legislators to advance pro-music policies that improve the environment for music and its makers.
“Advocating for the protection of music makers’ rights is an essential part of the work we do at The Academy, and GRAMMYs on the Hill is an excellent opportunity to recognize leaders and influencers who work on this mission, while inviting our members to utilize their voice,” said Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow. “This year we are proud to honor Rep. Berman, who has a long history of working to support music creators, and John Mayer, who beyond being an enormous talent is also an active philanthropist in arts and education.”
The event was hosted by NBC News correspondent Luke Russert with special guests and performances by blues legend and six-time GRAMMY winner Buddy Guy, Cheap Trick lead guitarist Rick Nielsen, and songwriter Monty Powell (Lady Antebellum, Keith Urban, Martina McBride).