West L.A. Music's Rick Waite with keyboardist, Edgar Winter, at the Grammy's
LOS ANGELES, CA — West L.A. Music's Store Manager Rick Waite attended the 44th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony by special VIP invitation on February 27, 2002. Through the years, many Grammy nominees have depended on West L.A. Music to keep them at the top of their game, including Bono, Marcus Miller, Bob Dylan, Linkin Park, Janet Jackson, Christina Aguilera, N'Sync, Larry Carlton, Quincy Jones, Stevie Wonder, Dr. Dre, Don Henley and Joni Mitchell.
The festivities opened with a bang with U2 performing "Walk On," which went on to win Best Pop Song. Bono, the lead singer, is a very quotable guy. When Stevie Wonder, Celine Dion and Bonnie Raitt presented U2 with Record of the Year for "Walk On," Bono said "It's a gift rather than a craft. We depend on God walking through the room."
Alicia Keys, barely 21 years old, was a standout with six nominations and took home Best R&B album for "Songs in A Minor," Best New Artist, and Best Female Vocal Performance. She encouraged young hopefuls to "think outside the box" and to "not be afraid of who you are" and "believe in yourself, believe in your dreams." She later gave an inventive hip hop fandango version of her song "Fallin'," which won Song of the Year.
Reverend Al Green capped off the show with a good old-fashioned gospel revival. When the nation needs to pull together, we look to music for solace and inspiration. The National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences has 13,000 voting members who chose our ambassadors. The Academy always has a formidable task. The performances were incredible and the talent they recognized was undeniable. This year was skewed towards remembering our musical heritage with the resurgence of bluegrass, and it seems like we're ready for some happier offerings these days. All in all, the evening provided great entertainment, and that's what it's all about anyway, right?
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For over 30 years, West L.A. Music has supplied music, audio and recording equipment to top artists around the world. The first music retailer to implement a "beat any deal" policy, industry insiders count on West L.A. Music's personalized knowledgeable service and comprehensive selection of professional products from leading manufacturers.
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