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Music Units Congress as legendary producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis push for laws to protect artists | Pictures

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(L-R) Jimmy Jam, Harvey Mason jr., Rep. Ted Deutch, Sofia Carson, Rep. Michael McCaul, Terry Lewis and Valeisha Butterfield Jones attend the GRAMMYs On The Hill Awards Dinner at The Hamilton on April 27, 2022 in Washington, D.C. CC. (Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images for The Recording Academy)

*In a bitterly divided Congress, music brought together Republicans and Democrats to honor Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, and lobby for laws to protect artists,

Jam and Lewis, legendary producers and songwriters, who have careers that span decades, have worked on iconic songs from artists such as Janet Jackson, Mary J. Blige, Mariah Careyand Boyz II Men and have won 5 Grammys, been nominated for 27, and contributed to over 100 Gold, Platinum, Multi-Platinum, and Diamond albums. They released their first album, Jam & Lewis: Volume 1, Last year. EURweb Spotlight Host and I Heart Radio Jazmyn Summers was here.

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Terry Lewis and Jazmyn Summers at the 2022 Grammys on the Hill (courtesy Summers)
Terry Lewis and Jazmyn Summers at the 2022 Grammys on the Hill (courtesy Summers)

Jimmy Jam, who is the recording academy’s first black president, told Summers,

“We have a party night where different parties, whether Democrats or Republicans, are going to party together tonight. Living without music is like breathing without oxygen. Music is truly a divine art.

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Lewis hailed their 50-year friendship, longer than most marriages. “I am honored to be with Jimmy in the service of music. Music allows us to find our common ground.

Harvey Mason, Jr.the first African-American president and CEO of the Recording Academy (the entity that produces the Grammys) applauded the bipartisan crowd.

“We are celebrating 20 years of advocacy. We passed an omnibus music bill that would make things better. During the pandemic, we pushed for health, and Congress provided unprecedented assistance through the Save Our Stages Act, the biggest investment in the arts in American history. We are all here united in our belief that music can change the world. It serves hope, it brings people together by providing the common language for justice and peace. Music has the power to unite, enrich, heal and change the world,” Mason said.

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The Save Our Stages Act provided grants to venue operators, producers, promoters or talent representatives to deal with the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The famous duo Jimmy Jam/Terry Lewis also played with Morris Day and the time before Prince pulled them. Jam and Lewis had nothing to say about the purple prince letting them go. But Morris Day in a meeting with I Heart radio personality and EURweb Spotlight host Jazmyn Summers claimed that Prince suffered from jealousy towards him and the band. Lewis said he could not confirm or deny this allegation.

“Morris was a handsome gentleman and Prince was a handsome gentleman. Two great personalities, what can I say,” he told Summers.

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The gathering also paid tribute to Ted Deutsch (D-Fla.) and Michael McCaul (R-Texas) for their leadership in supporting the rights of music creators, particularly helping music industry professionals recover from the devastating effects of Covid 19 over the past two years.

Rapper Bun B and Jazmyn Summers at the 2022 Grammys on the Hill (courtesy Summers)
Rapper Bun B and Jazmyn Summers at the 2022 Grammys on the Hill (courtesy Summers)

Rapper Bun B of UGK fame with the late Pimp C congratulated Lewis and Jam, “As one of the only hip hop members to serve as a national recording academy trustee, I am honored to be here as a representative of the hip hop community to pay tribute to two incredible musical legends who have given so much to music and culture and the progression of American art.

He told Summers that young artists today need to make sure they have support.

“Every artist needs someone who can protect them. Every artist needs someone who really cares about them. It’s good to have a good manager, it’s good to have a good lawyer. These things are extremely important, but the most important thing is to have a good friend. You need someone to turn to because this industry is very difficult. Often these young artists also become artists Big-headed older ones. It’s nice to have someone who’s going to be honest with you and tell them the truth about themselves. The question is whether you’re going to receive that honesty.

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Bun B thinks the time is right for up-and-coming rappers, Summers told,

“It’s a great time for an artist to be able to enjoy their art because for many years we’ve been creating content but we haven’t been paid properly for it, but an artist has never had more power than it currently has. It’s amazing to see these young artists come into the industry and be able to take full advantage of what the world has in store for them.

Bun B made sure he took the time to shout out to his former partner popular rapper Pimp C who was found dead in his hotel room on December 4, 2007, with a coroner’s report allegedly attributing his death to complications resulting from heavy use of the drug was drinking purple. and his pre-existing condition of sleep apnea.

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“It’s still UGK for life. RIP the pimp. We ride for him baby. You know.”

Actor Fran Drescher, best known for the Nanny series called Jam and Lewis a “classic”. ”

Actor Fran Drescher and Jazmyn Summers at the 2022 Grammys on the Hill (courtesy Summers)
Actor Fran Drescher and Jazmyn Summers at the 2022 Grammys on the Hill (courtesy Summers)

She praised the work of the Grammys in passing the Crown Act.

“We were just instrumental in getting the Crown Act passed,” she said. “Now that it’s passed, it’s illegal to tell a person of color that they can’t wear their hair the natural way. Obviously, in the music industry, people are more readily accepted to express themselves as they wish but for a secretary. a nurse, people in the civilian world, it’s really going to have a wonderful, big trickle down effect. My MO is always to want to go to the mat for anyone marginalized. I always want to protect those who need to benefit from my fame and reach and speak up for them.”

Grammy-winning a cappella gospel sextet, Take 6,’s Alvin Chea called Jam and Lewis significant for their genre.

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“They are innovators. We’re gospel boys and our good friends Sounds of Blackness bonded with them in the 80s and they (Jam and Lewis) were completely innovative in what they did and it let us know that whatever had the right groove and the right vision can happen. They took our art form and brought it to the masses. We love everything about them, everything they did with Janet and all the way.

Take 6, and winners Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, joined Ledisi and Yolande Adams perform on stage.

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The Recording Academy is lobbying Congress this week as part of the annual Grammys on the Hill advocacy day, Capitol Hill’s biggest legislative event for music creators. He brings Grammy winners and nominees, as well as industry leaders, to Washington, DC to meet with lawmakers. The Academy is pushing for the passage of various new laws that it says will help artists financially, including the American Music Fairness Act (AMFA), which, among other measures, ensures that artists are compensated when their songs are broadcast on AM and FM radio. Currently, artists are not paid.

The American Federation of Musicians, in a statement supporting the law, says: “For too long, our broken system has let AM/FM radio stations – many owned by a few large media companies – off the hook by refusing to pay performers when they play their music.While corporate broadcasters gobble up billions in advertising dollars, the artists and musicians whose performances make it all possible receive no compensation for their hard work. It’s unfair, pure and simple. It’s time to right that wrong.

Jazmyn Summers at the 2022 Grammys on the Hill (courtesy Summers)
Jazmyn Summers at the 2022 Grammys on the Hill (courtesy Summers)

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