The 59th Annual Grammy Awards have come and gone, aired on Feb. 12, 2017, but the memories will continue on. From top notch performances and heartfelt tributes, the ceremony celebrated the lives of two of the most influential artists in music history. While Adele paid tribute to the late George Michael, Bruno Mars took on the challenge of paying homage to the one and only Prince who passed in 2016. The memory is now cemented in Grammy history as the drum kit has been donated to the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles.
Bruno Mars and the Hooligans, the name of his band, performed Prince's 1984 hit "Let's Go Crazy" and was widely praised as a highlight of the night. Mars performed with a white Schecter Cloud guitar while his brother Eric Hernandez played on the DW Drums Collector's Series kit before the audience. The bass drum head was embellished with Prince's symbol he used throughout his career done in gold leaf and is on display for the world to see at the Grammy Museum.
Drum Workshop, Inc. is family-owned and is an American manufacturer of professional drums that are used by Sheila E., Mick Fleetwood and Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters. The drum kit donated to the Grammy Museum will preserve that moment in the permanent collection and will help educate visitors of those moments while honoring great artists of today and yesteryears.
Along with the donation, DW is giving away a drumset to commemorate the display. Those interested can enter the giveaway at www.dwdrums.com/grammymuseumcontest for free through April 19, 2017. The drumset is a five-piece designer series with a bass drum head signed by Bruno Mars himself along with his bad which was signed before the Grammy ceremony. It includes 10", 12" and 14" toms, a 22" bass drum and 7"x"14 snare drum and has a value of $3,800.
The Grammy Museum is a partnership between The Recording Academy and AEG (AXS' parent company) and is a non-profit featuring 30,000 square feet of exhibits.