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(LAS VEGAS, NV) True Blue returned to the Grammys with a bang on Friday as Middle Tennessee State University resumed its annual pilgrimage to the music industry’s biggest showcase to celebrate past nominees and provide student experiences. career development.
MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee joined faculty, students, and administrators from the Colleges of Media and Entertainment and Liberal Arts in Las Vegas, Nevada, for the 64and Annual Grammy Awards, where the rescheduled and moved ceremony will take place on Sunday, April 3.
COVID-19 concerns in 2021 broke MTSU’s seven-year streak of hosting events at the Grammy site and aligning student experiences. The pandemic also delayed the 2022 event by three months, forcing it to leave Los Angeles for an open venue.
“I am pleased that our annual recognition of our former Grammy nominees and this incredible learning experience for students is back on track,” McPhee said. “It underscores our position as a leading and accomplished music business institution.”
At least nine alumni have been nominated for Grammys this year, in categories ranging from country and pop to Latin music, bluegrass and gospel. They will be recognized by the university at an MTSU Alumni Association rally on Saturday in Las Vegas.
Meanwhile, five media and entertainment students spent Friday helping prepare the MGM Grand Conference Center for the 31st annual MusiCares Person of the Year benefit gala, which will honor legendary performer Joni Mitchell. The event raises money for The Recording Academy members’ charitable support efforts.
Students Cole Arn, Kevon Cole, Breanna Beahler, Jolie Harper and Sam Long helped MusiCares set the stage for a reception and silent auction, followed by a dinner and tribute concert honoring Mitchell’s impact about the music industry and the inspiration it has provided to artists over the years.
“Participating in this journey is the opportunity of a lifetime,” said Harper, a senior music business specialist from Nashville, Tennessee. “I’m so grateful that MTSU gave me the chance to meet industry professionals, see Las Vegas, and have an incredible experience with my peers – all at the same time.”
Beahler, a music business junior from Cosby, Missouri, said she was “so thrilled and grateful to be a part of this experience. I know that I will learn a lot during this trip.
MTSU has secured this year’s student opportunities through extensive industry connections held by Dean of Media and Entertainment Beverly Keel, as well as Recording Industry Chairman John Merchant and Professor Matthew O’ Brian.
“Experiments like these help our students better understand the inner workings of major entertainment events,” Keel said. “We show them how many elements of the biggest event in the industry come together and how things are done.”
In 2019, national media began calling MTSU a “Grammy-winning factory” following multiple nominations and wins from alumni, students, and Department of Industry staff. Recording Media and Entertainment and the School of Liberal Arts Music. The university is consistently on Billboard’s list of top music business schools
MTSU alumni, former or current students, and faculty have been part of more than 125 Grammy nominations over the past two decades. After the 2021 ceremony last March, the number of Grammy winners connected to MTSU since 2001 grew to 15 with a total of 37 Grammys, including nine recipients.