SANTA MONICA, Calif. (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) -— The Los Angeles Chapter of The Recording Academy has named four-time Grammy-winner Lalo Schifrin, eight-time Grammy-nominee Snoop Dogg and MySpace.com co-founders Tom Anderson and Chris DeWolfe as recipients of the Recording Academy Honors 2006. The Recording Academy Honors was established to celebrate outstanding individuals whose work embodies excellence and integrity and who have improved the environment for the creative community. The event — which will attract recording artists, key entertainment executives and community leaders — will be held Thursday, June 8, at 6 p.m. at Hollywood & Highland's Grand Ballroom. Formerly known as the Governors Awards, this gala supports the Los Angeles Chapter's ongoing programs, with this year's silent auction proceeds benefiting the Grammy Foundation's Grammy Camp scholarships.
About The Honorees:
Pianist, composer, conductor, four-time Grammy winner and six-time Oscar nominee, Lalo Schifrin is equally at home conducting a symphony orchestra, performing at an international jazz festival, scoring a film or television show, or creating works for the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, the London Philharmonic and the Sultan of Oman. His music is a synthesis of traditional and 20th century techniques, and his early love for jazz and rhythm are strong attributes of his style. As a jazz musician, he has performed and recorded with great artists such as Dizzy Gillespie, Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, Stan Getz, and Count Basie. Schifrin has written more than 100 scores for film and television and is recognized as one of the most talented and significant contributors to film music throughout the past 40 years. Some of the many classic scores he has composed include The Amityville Horror, The Cincinnati Kid, Cool Hand Luke, Dirty Harry, "Mannix," and Mission:Impossible.
A musical and cultural icon, eight-time Grammy-nominee Snoop Dogg has remained one of the most distinctive voices in hip-hop since his 1993 debut album Doggystyle. Selling 1.5 million albums in advance of the release, it was the first debut rap album to hit the charts at No. 1. Since then, he has released five additional albums collaborating with the likes of Mariah Carey, Dr. Dre, Kurupt, Kid Rock, Tupac Shakur, Keith Sweat, Tyrese, Pharrell Williams and Xzibit. In 2005, Snoop founded the Snooper Bowl, a charity youth football tournament which pitted Snoop's youth all-star team from California against an opposing youth all-star team. For the past two years, the Snooper Bowl has been played the day before Super Bowl and all proceeds benefit Snoop's Save A Life Foundation, which works with inner-city youth and children's hospitals.
Tom Anderson and Chris DeWolfe
President Tom Anderson and Chief Executive Officer Chris DeWolfe are co-founders of MySpace.com, the leading lifestyle portal for connecting with friends and discovering popular culture online. The site boasts more than 75 million members and is now the No. 2 ranked domain on the Internet as measured by page views. MySpace has become a home for musicians, with more than 1.8 million musical acts using MySpace's music applications to upload tracks, list tour dates and engage with fans. MySpace continues to extend its music platform and connect the online/offline music experience through a host of offerings including MySpace Records, which was launched in 2005 and leverages the Web site's rapidly growing community to discover, sign and market emerging artists. The recently introduced MySpace Secret Shows and The List profiles offer fans the chance to connect with bands through small, exclusive concerts across the country. Because of the rich music offerings on the site, MySpace has set a new standard in the music industry by becoming a scouting ground for record label A&R executives and a free marketing tool for musicians. – CelebrityAccess Staff Writers