LOS ANGELES (CIRCA) — When you think of the Grammys, you probably picture the award show, but the Grammys are much more than a gold gramophone.
For over 60 years, the Recording Academy has celebrated music through the preservation of historic recordings and artifacts with institutions like the Grammy Museum in downtown Los Angeles.
The Grammy Museum serves as a touchpoint between the awards and the music they celebrate, with four floors of interactive exhibits on the history of recorded sound, including the Grammy Awards themselves.
Described as the pinnacle of achievement for music creators, the Grammy Awards not only serve as a celebration of its winners, but also acts as a time capsule for all music. Installations like the museum’s "Crossroads Table" allow visitors to explore the foundations of all music genres with an interactive projection display.
"I think it's important that people understand the roots of music and where it comes from and how different artists and different genres are influenced,” said Grammy Museum executive director Michael Sticka. "That's (what) part of our job is here, to teach people about music and the journey that it's been on, and the journey that it continues to take us on."
In addition to interactive experiences, the museum features historic artifacts from musicians and singers such as Daft Punk’s signature helmets, a dress worn by Beyonce at the Grammy Awards, and Michael Jackson’s iconic "Thriller" jacket.
"In addition to our education programs, we’re a preservation organization," Sticka said. "So, it’s very important to us that our shared musical heritage is preserved."
You can experience the Grammy Museum now, including its latest exhibit, "Diamond in a Rhinestone World: The Costumes of Dolly Parton," which features iconic costumes from Parton’s personal archive on display for the first time outside of her Tennessee theme park, Dollyworld.
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