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Grammy 2022: origin, meaning and where the name came from

The Grammy Awards 2022 will take place on Sunday 3 April, but many are asking about their origin, meaning and why that name was given to them.

Grammy 2022: origin, meaning and where the name came from

After delaying the date due to an increase in coronavirus infections earlier in the year, the 64th Annual Grammy Awards will finally take place on Sunday 3 April at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Comedian Trevor Noah, known for Comedy Central's, The Daily Show, will return to host the event.

Grammy 2022: origin, meaning and naming

The Grammys originated after the Hollywood Walk of Fame project began in the 1950s. With the understanding that not everyone would receive such recognition, and thanks to the renewed interest in music and the recording industry, the Grammy Awards were created as a way to honour the most talented songwriters, composers and musicians in the music industry.

At the time, the Academy Awards, also known as the Oscars, and the Emmy Awards recognised the top artists in film and television, but there was no musical equivalent.

The Grammy Awards, which began as the Gramophone Awards, were first presented in Los Angeles in 1959 by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS), commonly called the Recording Academy, when 28 awards were handed out.

The overall number of categories each year has changed as some have been added and removed. Compare the first event to that in 2017, when the number of awards stabilised at 84.

Why are they called the Grammy Awards?

After deciding to go ahead with the awards, there was one major unknown: what to call them. One early idea was 'Eddie', after Thomas Edison, the inventor of the phonograph, but in the end 'Grammy', a shortened reference to gramophone, was chosen.

A mail-in contest was held to choose the name. Approximately 300 contestants submitted the name 'Grammy', but the name is credited to Rosejay "Jay" Elizabeth Danna, a secretary from New Orleans, as her letter was the first to be received in the mail, making her the winner of the contest.

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