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will.I.am Named Director Of the Grammy Foundation

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(AllHipHop News) The Black Eyed Peas’ frontman will.I.am continues to make strides in the music industry and has been named to the board of the Grammy Foundation.

The rapper/producer was named director of the Grammy Foundation, along with singer/songwriter Darryl Brown, Daniel Cherry of Anomaly and Michael Rapino, CEP of Live Nation.

The Grammy Foundation promotes the appreciation and advancement of recorded music on American Culture, by engaging the music industry and the general public around the world, about the value and importance of music and the arts.

The Grammy Foundation and Musicares are the two charities affiliated with The Recording Academy, the organization that hands out Grammy Awards each year.

“Now in their 21st year, both MusiCares and the GRAMMY Foundation are vibrant and mature nonprofit organizations,” said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of the GRAMMY Foundation, MusiCares, and The Recording Academy. “Our Board members reflect this core strength, and we look to them for creativity and stewardship as we continue our growth. The talent and vision of our Board members is truly inspiring, and we are very fortunate to have highly respected individuals working with us.”

In related news, will.I.am will honored with BMI’s President Award during the performance rights organization’s annual Urban Awards, which takes place Friday, September 10th at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood, California.

will.I.am, who has won seven Grammy’s, will be recognized for his influence on the entertainment industry. Past recipients include Willie Nelson, The Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson, Taylor Swift and others.

Excerpt from AllHipHop.com

http://allhiphop.com/stories/news/archive/2010/08/09/22328683.aspx

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