The Money Behind Winning a Grammy

Many have wondered if artists get paid for performing at the Grammy’s or if they take home extra cash after winning an award. Black Enterprise did a little digging  to find the answers.

Turns out that the Beyonces and Rihannas of the world who cash in millions for their world tours don’t get paid a cent when they grace the esteemed ceremony. They don’t get a check for winning either; but we’re sure those golden trophies could auction off for a hefty dollar amount should they ever need the funds.

The live event is far from a loss though. Forbes reports that performers and producers see a “‘Grammy Bounce’ of at least 55% in concert ticket sales and producer fees during the year following a Grammy win.” David Banner told the source that his producer fee jumped from $ 50,000 to $ 100,000 after his work on Lil Wayne’s single “Lollipop.”

Co-producer Jim Jonsin, who also worked with Beyonce, told that the rewards were “life-changing.” “If I really wanted to, I could charge a good 20% to 30% more. I didn’t raise my prices, though,” he said of his Grammy win. Before winning a Grammy, producers on average charge $ 30,000 to $ 50,000 per track. If you’re fortunate enough to snag an award, though, Jonsin says that the starting figure is in the $ 75,000 area and super-producers like Timbaland and Pharrell can demand twice that.

Thanks to the high-profile night, stars benefit in mainstream visibility and in their pockets too. After winning his first Grammy, “Bruno Mars’ average nightly gross swelled from $ 130,000 to $ 202,000 (+55%).” Esperanza Spalding went from $ 20,000 to $ 32,000 (+60%) and Taylor Swift jumped from $ 125,000 to $ 600,000 (+380%).

And because it would be so tasteless for Hollywood to send its multi-millionaire guests home empty handed, celebrities leave the occasion with a gift bag worth more than some people’s salaries. reports, “Gifts include Tiffany cat collars, Gibson guitars, trips to deserted islands, cashmere sweaters, teeth whitening products, jewelry, sunglasses and designer leather bags.” The very generous goodies in 2010 reportedly came to about $ 50,000 in value.

So, no, music’s superstars don’t walk away with a physical check in tow. The association to the Grammy’s, however, does fatten their wallets long after the special airs.

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The Rolling Stones Win Grammy For Blue & Lonesome!

Last night in New York City, The Rolling Stones were awarded a Grammy for ‘Best Traditional Blues Album’, for Blue & Lonesome, at the 60th Grammy Awards in Madison Square Garden!

The Stones truly returned to their roots on this album, if you haven’t got a copy in your collection yet then click here to grab one!

“All of these songs have antecedents. We’re paying our respects, but we’re taking the blues forward and hopefully introducing them to a whole new generation of fans.” Mick Jagger

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How to Watch or Stream the 2018 Grammy Awards

The 2018 Grammy Awards are upon us! Music’s biggest night, complete with the best celebrity guests and musical performances, will air this Sunday, January 28. This year the show takes place at New York City’s historical Madison Square Garden and will be hosted by James Corden. Let’s take a look at how you can watch the show on television or via a streaming app.

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You can watch the show live, coast-to-coast on CBS at 7:30PM EST or at 4:30PM PST. The show will air simultaneously, so no need to worry about getting spoiled about winners on Twitter.

If have you CBS but won’t be home, you can sign into the CBS All Access app with your cable provider info and watch the show on your phone. If you don’t have cable, you can sign up for a CBS All Access subscription and watch the show on your phone or any streaming device that carries the app.

If you’re not in the US and want to watch the Red Carpet arrivals, you can do so via Facebook Live. The social media platform will be streaming live via CBS’s Facebook Page beginning at 3PM EST/12PM PST. The steam will also be available at

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2015 Grammy Awards

Unlike the majority of red carpet appointments that stars have to keep during awards season, the Grammy's make for one wildly unexpected show. You never know how crazy, how naked, or how meaty (re: Lady Gaga) the looks will be! Read on to see our favorites and, perhaps, what few tweaks we might've made to perk up this rather subdued parade of styles.


Sheerly Striking - Beyonce, Meghan Trainor, & Jessie J

Sheerly Striking – Beyonce, Meghan Trainor, & Jessie J

Beyonce – Proenza Schouler – A plunging neckline and sheer panels throughout gave this long sleeve dress an alluring sensibility while a smattering of diamond and emerald jewels rounded out this familiar look from Queen Bey. We wanted way more drama than what we got from she who was nominated for six awards.

Meghan Trainor – Galia Lahav – Welcome to the party Meghan! The “All About That Base” singer was all about that lace last night with her sheer skirted gown which also featured a lovely off the shoulder cut. Retro waves, a classic red lip, and an edgy black French mani were welcome finishing touches.

Jessie J – Ralph & Russo – We're used to seeing this cheeky Brit in more daring red carpet styles but she does clean up nicely in her short sleeve couture gown. The sheer skirt and yoke help to modernize the silhouette while her side parted and slicked back hair combined with her vampy plum lip see the singer injecting her own taste into her impressive offering.

Modern Day Vixens - Nicki Minaj, Miley Cyrus, & Miranda Lambert

Modern Day Vixens – Nicki Minaj, Miley Cyrus, & Miranda Lambert

Nicki Minaj – Tom Ford – Feast your eyes on slinky Ms. Minaj in her plunging neckline gown which also featured an embellished fringe skirt for added drama. Side slicked tresses and sparkling jewels rounded out this unapologetically sexy look.

Miley Cyrus – Alexandre Vauthier – Frankly, this is a conservative dress for Miley, but you know what? She looks fantastic in it! The cutouts add interest while her clean makeup and minimal accessories bring a seldom, if ever seen, element of sophistication to the young singer's fashion sense.

Miranda Lambert – Gabriela Cadena – One of our favorite country singers donned a sleek black dress with sparingly placed hot pink accents and cutouts for a look that was simultaneously feminine and modern. Lightly waved hair and a matching pink pout completed Miranda's styling.

LBPs over LBDs - Gwen Stefani, Maddie Ziegler + Sia, & Anna Kendrick

LBPs over LBDs – Gwen Stefani, Maddie Ziegler + Sia, & Anna Kendrick

Gwen Stefani – Versace - The musician and TV personality was jaw-dropping in this fresh jumpsuit complete with structured bodice and sheer illusion paneling. The slouched legs, swept back hair, subtly detailed pumps, and toned down makeup resulted in one of our favorite looks of the night.

Maddie Ziegler + Sia – The reclusive Australian singer and her dancing muse, Maddie, hit us with a bit of necessary drama via their coordinating platinum blonde wigs and boyish suit styling. We're loving this pared down yet bold presentation; especially Sia's cape!

Anna Kendrick – Band of Outsiders – Tantalizing in a tux, Anna swapped her traditionally ladylike appearance for a seductive spin on menswear. Glossy waves, smoky makeup, and sparse accessories couldn't have been more perfectly employed.


Warmly Welcome - Gwyneth Paltrow, Rihanna, & Katharine McPhee

Warmly Welcome – Gwyneth Paltrow, Rihanna, & Katharine McPhee

Gwyneth Paltrow – Stella McCartney – Short, body-skimming, red, and sparkly is not a combination of details we're used to seeing on Gwyneth but this dress is a rather good option for the event. Her iridescent gold heels sport coordinating red trim while her mussed tresses feel appropriately rock-and-roll. Altogether not bad but we're not sure if this really suits her or her skin tone.

Rihanna – Giambattista Valli – Arguably the biggest shock of the night was Rihanna's bubblegum pink loofah-like dress. We love that she changes her style up all the time so she's never predictable but we're not buying this pumped up princess piece. Her styling was on point, though, with diamond cluster earrings and an elegant knotted bun.

Katharine McPhee – Emilio Pucci – That color is splendid and the cut is daring but the fit is a little too tight and her accessories are questionable. There's a good look in there somewhere but only after adjusting the fit, swapping the wet-look hair for a low bun, and opting for different earrings like simple studs or linear drops.

Coolly Clad - Zendaya, Taylor Swift, & Iggy Azalea

Coolly Clad – Zendaya, Taylor Swift, & Iggy Azalea

Zendaya – Vivienne Westwood – Prints are rare on the red carpet so to see this stylish fashion plate in a richly hued one makes us very happy. Saturated shades of camel, navy, magenta, and teal enliven this cool one shoulder dress while a dark lip and smoky eye feel wonderfully moody. Her generous selection of rings plus stud-and-earcuff combo are on trend but we cannot, and will not, get behind those clunky shoes.

Taylor Swift РElie Saab РHands down, the best look of the night goes to Taylor. Her usually prim appearance took a turn for the glamorous in this teal and blue ombr̩ gown replete with unique details like a multi strap silhouette, large pleats, and slit peek-a-boo front hem. As if the dress wasn't enough, her opalescent earrings, smoky blue makeup, and purple suede heels blew us out of the water.

Iggy Azalea – Giorgio Armani – Love the dress. Love the makeup. Hate the hair.


Sultry in Silver - Rita Ora, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga & Paris Hilton

Sultry in Silver – Rita Ora, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, & Paris Hilton

Rita Ora – Prada – A walking disco ball isn't a bad theme for a night like this but we're not loving Rita's oddly cropped hair and raccoon approved makeup. We also think that her dress, being so reflective and unfortunately in front of a white backdrop, hides her figure and, if anything, adds bulk. Not bad but not the most flattering choice.

Katy Perry – Zuhair Murad – Borrowing, perhaps, a little hair inspiration from Nicole Richie and Kelly Osbourne, the Superbowl songstress delighted in a seriously scooped back cocktail length dress dripping in white and silver sparkling fringe. Strappy heels and humongous chandelier earrings finished off this frosty confection.

Lady Gaga – Brandon Maxwell – Anybody else miss the days of Gaga's high waisted latex skirts and hair bow adornments? This cheesy Vegas-ready look and her squished cleavage are doing nothing for us. Her contrasting green jewels are a nice thought but cannot salvage this disappointing dress.

Paris Hilton – Yousef Aljasmi – Perhaps as a move towards her budding career as a DJ, Paris attended the Grammy's last night bringing her requisite Barbie doll aesthetic to the red carpet. We guess it could be worse but we're getting a distinctly been-there-done-that vibe from this sparkly gown and her matchy-matchy accessories.


Doubles Dose - Chrissy Teigen + John Legend, Keith Urban + Nicole Kidman, Big Sean + Ariana Grande, & Kim Kardashian + Kanye West

Doubles Dose – Chrissy Teigen + John Legend, Keith Urban + Nicole Kidman, Big Sean + Ariana Grande, & Kim Kardashian + Kanye West

Chrissy Teigen + John Legend – Emilio Pucci – John Legend is a lucky guy. Chrissy brought out her A-game last night in a long sleeve white dress featuring curvilinear sheer  inserts at the bust and down the sides. Cascading honey colored waves and a geometric clutch made for ideal finishing touches.

Keith Urban + Nicole Kidman – Mugler – Nicole matched her husband's all black ensemble in a not-quite-mini turtleneck dress covered in a symmetrical grommeted pattern. Strappy heels and a sleek lob enhanced the actress's welcome change of pace.

Big Sean + Ariana Grande – Versace – With her olive complexion a white and silver dress makes a lot of sense, but Ariana's choice seems like a simple white gown with a large piece of chainmail haphazardly slapped on. There's nothing novel here but at least her hair and makeup are pretty.

Kim Kardashian + Kanye West – Jean Paul Gautier – In what might be described as a gold sequin robe, Kim swept onto the red carpet with her shorter 'do and an expectedly low neckline. Metallic smoky eyes, simple heels, and a waist defining belt finished of her glowing presentation. Our only quibble is with the length of the sleeves; had they been a wee bit shorter it would've made a significant difference.

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Selena Gomez Rocked An Anti-Trump Outfit To Grammy After-Party

Selena Gomez kept relatively quiet when it came to the 2016 presidential election, but she made her political stance pretty clear when she rocked a jean jacket that read “God Bless Nasty Women” on the back. 

Gomez, who didn’t show up to the Grammy ceremony itself, wore the feminist outfit to a Grammy after-party she attended with her beau The Weeknd

When Rihanna hosts an after-party, an edgy fashion choice like this is perfectly at home. Way to kick the patriarchy in the butt, Selena!

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Mom-to-Be Beyoncé Will Perform at the 2017 Grammy Awards

The good news just keeps on coming, thanks to Queen Bey.

Beyoncé will perform at the 2017 Grammy Awards just over a week after announcing her second pregnancy, Entertainment Tonight reports.

Her father, Mathew Knowles, also confirmed the performance to The Insider while discussing his daughter’s pregnancy. Noting their phone call about the baby news, Knowles said, “She sounded a little tired ’cause she’s been working on the Grammy performance.”

The singer is nominated for an impressive nine awards at the annual ceremony, including album of the year for Lemonade, and record and song of the year for “Formation.”

Beyoncé, 35, most recently performed at the CMA Awards last fall, singing Lemonade‘s “Daddy Lessons.” She’s taken the Grammy stage several times before, including in 2004, 2007 and 2008, 2010, 2014 and in 2015, when she sang “Take My Hand, Precious Lord.”

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The star will definitely be sporting her newly debuted baby bump onstage. On Feb. 1, Beyoncé announced through social media that she and husband Jay Z would be adding twins to their brood, writing, “We would like to share our love and happiness. We have been blessed two times over.”

“We are incredibly grateful that our family will be growing by two, and we thank you for your well wishes,” she said.

During her first pregnancy with Blue Ivy, Beyoncé waited until she took the stage to break her baby news. She famously unveiled her growing belly at the end of her performance of “Love on Top” at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards.

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