Eight-time GRAMMY® Award winner to visit the Clive Davis Theater for an intimate conversation benefiting the Museum’s education programs, which in 2016 served a record 29,000 students
LOS ANGELES (Dec. 20, 2016) — The GRAMMY Museum® at L.A. LIVE is pleased to welcome eight-time GRAMMY®-winning artist, and current GRAMMY nominee, Barbra Streisand to the Clive Davis Theater for its first program of 2017 on Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017, at 8 p.m. Presented by American Express, A Conversation With Barbra Streisand will be moderated by GRAMMY Museum Executive Director Bob Santelli and will feature an intimate discussion with Streisand surrounding her illustrious career as an award-winning actress, singer, director, writer, composer, producer, designer, and author.
Proceeds from the program will provide essential support for the GRAMMY Museum’s education programs, which in 2016 served a record 29,000 students through after-school workshops, Museum tours and conversations with artists and music industry professionals.
“When you think about a GRAMMY Legend, Barbra Streisand immediately comes to mind,” said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy® and Chair of the Board of the GRAMMY Museum. “Nominated for a GRAMMY again this year, she’s one of only 15 artists to have received our GRAMMY Legend award; she’s received the prestigious MusiCares Person of the Year title; and she’s a Lifetime Achievement Award recipient. Add to that the numerous other awards she’s received, and her talent and contribution to the entertainment community overall is unmatched. I personally couldn’t be more excited about this evening.”
“It is such an honor to kick off our 2017 public programs series with the extraordinary Barbra Streisand,” said Santelli. “When it comes to success in music and entertainment, Barbra has done it all and I can honestly say that no one has done it better than her. We are thrilled to host her for what will surely be an unforgettable evening, and one the GRAMMY Museum will reap the benefits of for a long time to come as the proceeds from each ticket sale will go directly toward doing what we do best: bringing music education to young people throughout Los Angeles.”
Tickets for A Conversation With Barbra Streisand range from $250 and $100 and go on sale to American Express cardholders and GRAMMY Museum members beginning Thursday, Dec. 22 at 10:30 a.m. PST. Tickets go on sale to the general public beginning Thursday, Dec. 29 at noon PST and can be purchased at AXS.com. All proceeds will benefit the education initiatives of the GRAMMY Museum.
Streisand’s career has been marked by bold creative achievements and highlighted by a series of firsts. An unparalleled talent, Streisand is the only artist ever to receive Oscar, Tony, Emmy, GRAMMY, Directors Guild of America, Golden Globe, National Medal of Arts, and Peabody awards, as well as France’s Legion d’honneur and the American Film Institute’s Lifetime Achievement Award. She is also the first female film director to receive the Kennedy Center Honors. In 2015, President Barack Obama presented her with the highest civilian honor the United States bestows, the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Streisand is the only performer to have a No. 1 album in six consecutive decades with a total of 11. She has earned 52 gold and 31 platinum and 31 multi-platinum albums, each of which exceeds all other female singers, according to the Recording Industry Association of America. The RIAA also notes that her 72.5 million album sales top the RIAA list of album sales by a female singer. Both of her last two studio albums, her 2016 Grammy-nominated album Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway and her Grammy-nominated 2014 album Partners, entered the Billboard 200 at No. 1 She holds the record for longest span of No. 1 albums in history: of over 52 years.
For her first motion picture, Funny Girl, she won the 1968 Academy Award for Best Actress, the first of two Oscar nominations in that category. With Yentl (1983), her first film as a director, she became the first woman ever to produce, direct, write, and star in a major motion picture. Yentl earned five Oscar nominations and Golden Globes for Best Director/Motion Picture and Best Motion Picture/Comedy or Musical. The Prince Of Tides, her next directorial feature in which she also produced and starred, was the first motion picture directed by its female star ever to receive a Feature Film nomination from the DGA as well as seven Academy Award nominations. She won a DGA award (Best Director Music/Variety Television Program) in 1994 for her television special, “Barbra: The Concert,” which she co-directed with Dwight Hemion.
Her very first Broadway appearance in “I Can Get It For You Wholesale,” earned her the New York Drama Critics Award and received a Tony nomination. For her first solo recording, The Barbra Streisand Album, she won two GRAMMY Awards in 1963 for Best Vocal Performance, Female and Album Of The Year, which made her the youngest artist to have received the latter award at the time. For “Evergreen,” the love theme from her 1976 hit film, A Star Is Born, she became the first female composer ever to win an Academy Award. She was nominated again in 1997 as co-composer of “I Finally Found Someone,” based on her 1996 film The Mirror Has Two Faces. The film achieved two Oscar nominations and the Best Supporting Actress Golden Globe for Lauren Bacall. Streisand’s first television special, “My Name Is Barbra” (1965), received five Emmy Awards, including one for best performance, as well as her first of two Peabody Awards. This achievement was repeated 30 years later by “Barbra: The Concert,” which won two additional Emmy Awards for Streisand among the five for the production. That show was also accorded a Peabody Award, a DGA award and three CableACE awards, and it became the highest-rated musical event in HBO’s history. Her 2001 television concert special, “Timeless: Live in Concert,” also co-directed by its star, won four more Emmys, including one for Streisand’s performance.
DVD releases of her concerts have achieved notable recent firsts. In 2009 her three-disc offering, Streisand The Concerts, reigned in the No. 1 position on Billboard’s DVD chart for three weeks. A year later, One Night Only, capturing her heralded performance at the Village Vanguard in New York before an audience of 100 lottery-picked fans and some of her notable friends, opened at No. 1 as well.
Her civil rights activism and philanthropic pursuits are just as impressive. The Streisand Foundation has given millions of dollars through 2,100 grants to nonprofit organizations and she has raised many millions more through her performances. Streisand supports an impressive range of causes from AIDS organizations to nonprofits that work on issues of women’s equality, the protection of both human rights and civil rights, the needs of children at risk in society, the preservation of the environment, Jewish/Arab relations, and relations between African-Americans and Jews.
Her recordings have earned her eight GRAMMY Awards and four inductions into the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame. In addition, she is a recipient of The Recording Academy’s Lifetime Achievement Award, the 2011 MusiCares Person of the Year, which recognized her renowned creative accomplishments as well as her philanthropic work, and the prestigious GRAMMY Legend Award, which has only been bestowed upon 15 artists to date.
Streisand is currently nominated for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album for Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway for the 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards®.
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