Afghan artist honoured at 55th International Grammy awards
By Ghanizada - Mon Feb 11 2013, 7:59 pm
Omer Akaram was born in New York city while his father was serving as United Nations diplomat.
He has lived in Afghanistan, Cuba, Czechoslovakia and France and his music is comprised of various cultures from around the world where he has been in touch with.
Akram is a piano specialist and released his first music album in 2002 but started his career in music after releasing his further music albums in 2004 and 2007.
He is living in Los Angeles from 1990 and has composed songs for various American artists and he started his cooperation with Dr. E. Mike Vasilomanolakis in 1996.
His album “echoes of love” was nominated among the modern albums during the 55th Grammy awards and achieved the international award on February 10 this year.
According to Omer Akram the album “echoes of love” reflects the achievement of marriage and being a father and is due to 15 years of his hard work in music and cooperation of Dr. E. Mike Vasilomanolakis.
Grammy Award, Gramophone Award or Grammy is an accolade by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States to recognize outstanding achievement in the music industry.
The annual presentation ceremony features performances by prominent artists, and some of the awards of more popular interest are presented in a widely viewed televised ceremony. It is the music equivalent to the Emmy Awards for television, the Tony Awards for stage performances, and the Academy Awards for motion pictures.
In 1958, a group of record executives, alarmed by the explosive success of rock ‘n’ roll – and the threat rock posed to “quality” pop – launched the Grammy Awards. Their aim: to cultivate a higher standard of popular taste.
From the start, the Grammys have been at odds with and often scornful of not only rock but every other wave of rebellious, street-bred music, from R&B to Woodstock, new wave, and rap.
The first Grammy Award was held on May 4, 1959, in the Grand Ballroom of the Beverly Hills Hotel. There were 28 award categories, and aside from one nominee each in the Best Country & Western Performance (The Everly Brothers) and Best Rhythm & Blues Performance (The Champs) categories, nary a rock ‘n’ roller can be found among the nominees.
Instead, the Best Vocal Performance nominees included names like Frank Sinatra, Andy Williams, Perry Como, Doris Day, Eydie Gorm, and Keely Smith. By contrast, the 1997 awards saw Grammys given to winners in 91 categories, and rock, soul, and hip-hop performers have long since replaced the crooners and pop songbirds of the ’50s.