The Quick 10: Gossip About the Grammys

So who watched the Grammys last night? Were you underwhelmed? I kind of was. Granted, I turned it on during the Taylor Swift and Miley Cyrus performance (I'm not exactly a Miley fan) so maybe it tainted the rest of the show for me. Anyway, it made me think about Grammys past, which resulted in today's Q10. Feel free to share your Grammy impressions in the comments!

grammy1. "The Grammys" are actually the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences Awards. The actual award that winners receive is in the shape of a gramophone (or phonograph) which is where the nickname comes from.
2. The first-ever Grammy Awards were held on May 4, 1959. Winners included Henry Mancini for Album of the Year and Best Arrangement, The Kingston Trio for best Country & Western Performance, Ella Fitzgerald for Best Jazz Performance (individual), Count Basie for Best Jazz Performance (group), and Frank Sinatra for Best Album Cover Photography (really?).
3. That same year, "Tequila" by the Champs was the winner of the best Rhythm and Blues performance. This strikes me funny "“ the song Pee-Wee Herman dances to is a Grammy-winning song?

4. Best New Artist winners are usually pretty right on "“ past winners have included the Beatles, Tom Jones, The Carpenters, Bette Midler, Mariah Carey, Lauryn Hill, John Legend and Alicia Keys. But sometimes they're not so right...

Bobbie Gentry over Jefferson Airplane, A Taste of Honey over Elvis Costello, and Robert Goulet over The Four Seasons. Other Best New Artist losers: Elton John, Led Zeppelin, Cream, Green Day, Sonny & Cher and The Eagles.

5. The Disco category was included in the Grammy Awards for just a year before being yanked from the lineup. The only person to ever win "Best Disco Recording" was Gloria Gaynor for "I Will Survive."

6. The category "Best Rap Performance" was added in 1989 "“ the first-ever winners were D.J. Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince for "Parents Just Don't Understand."

7. Quincy Jones has the most Grammy nominations at 79 (with 27 wins).

8. Michael Jackson and Babyface Edmonds share the record for most nominations in one year "“ 12. Jackson hit the record in 1984 with his Thriller album, and Babyface tied it up in 1997.

9. LeAnn Rimes is the youngest person to ever win a Grammy. She was just 14 when she won Best New Artist in 1997. She also received the Best Female Country Vocal Performance Grammy the same year.

10. Only one Grammy Award has ever been revoked: Milli Vanilli's Best New Artist award from 1990. They also won three American Music Awards, but those were never reclaimed.

Win a Trip to Any National Park By Instagramming Your Travels

If you're planning out your summer vacation, make sure to add a few national parks to your itinerary. Every time you share your travels on Instagram, you can increase your chances of winning a VIP trip for two to the national park of your choice.

The National Park Foundation is hosting its "Pic Your Park" sweepstakes now through September 28. To participate, post your selfies from visits to National Park System (NPS) properties on Instagram using the hashtag #PicYourParkContest and a geotag of the location. Making the trek to multiple parks increases your points, with less-visited parks in the system having the highest value. During certain months, the point values of some sites are doubled. You can find a list of participating properties and a schedule of boost periods here.

Following the contest run, the National Park Foundation will decide a winner based on most points earned. The grand prize is a three-day, two-night trip for the winner and a guest to any NPS property within the contiguous U.S. Round-trip airfare and hotel lodging are included. The reward also comes with a 30-day lease of a car from Subaru, the contest's sponsor.

The contest is already underway, with a leader board on the website keeping track of the competition. If you're looking to catch up, this national parks road trip route isn't a bad place to start.

15 Dad Facts for Father's Day

Gather 'round the grill and toast Dad for Father's Day—the national holiday so awesome that Americans have celebrated it for more than a century. Here are 15 Dad facts you can wow him with today.

1. Halsey Taylor invented the drinking fountain in 1912 as a tribute to his father, who succumbed to typhoid fever after drinking from a contaminated public water supply in 1896.

2. George Washington, the celebrated father of our country, had no children of his own. A 2004 study suggested that a type of tuberculosis that Washington contracted in childhood may have rendered him sterile. He did adopt the two children from Martha Custis's first marriage.

3. In Thailand, the king's birthday also serves as National Father's Day. The celebration includes fireworks, speeches, and acts of charity and honor—the most distinct being the donation of blood and the liberation of captive animals.

4. In 1950, after a Washington Post music critic gave Harry Truman's daughter Margaret's concert a negative review, the president came out swinging: "Some day I hope to meet you," he wrote. "When that happens you'll need a new nose, a lot of beefsteak for black eyes, and perhaps a supporter below!"

5. A.A. Milne created Winnie the Pooh for his son, Christopher Robin. Pooh was based on Robin's teddy bear, Edward, a gift Christopher had received for his first birthday, and on their father/son visits to the London Zoo, where the bear named Winnie was Christopher's favorite. Pooh comes from the name of Christopher's pet swan.

6. Kurt Vonnegut was (for a short time) Geraldo Rivera's father-in-law. Rivera's marriage to Edith Vonnegut ended in 1974 because of his womanizing. Her ever-protective father was quoted as saying, "If I see Gerry again, I'll spit in his face." He also included an unflattering character named Jerry Rivers (a chauffeur) in a few of his books.

7. Andre Agassi's father represented Iran in the 1948 and 1952 Olympics as a boxer.

8. Charlemagne, the 8th-century king of the Franks, united much of Western Europe through military campaigns and has been called the "king and father of Europe" [PDF]. Charlemagne was also a devoted dad to about 18 children, and today, most Europeans may be able to claim Charlemagne as their ancestor.

9. The voice of Papa Smurf, Don Messick, also provided the voice of Scooby-Doo, Ranger Smith on Yogi Bear, and Astro and RUDI on The Jetsons.

10. In 2001, Yuri Usachev, cosmonaut and commander of the International Space Station, received a talking picture frame from his 12-year-old daughter while in orbit. The gift was made possible by RadioShack, which filmed the presentation of the gift for a TV commercial.

11. The only father-daughter collaboration to hit the top spot on the Billboard pop music chart was the 1967 hit single "Something Stupid" by Frank & Nancy Sinatra.

12. In the underwater world of the seahorse, it's the male that gets to carry the eggs and birth the babies.

13. If show creator/producer Sherwood Schwartz had gotten his way, Gene Hackman would have portrayed the role of father Mike Brady on The Brady Bunch.

14. The Stevie Wonder song "Isn't She Lovely" is about his newborn daughter, Aisha. If you listen closely, you can hear Aisha crying during the song.

15. Dick Hoyt has pushed and pulled his son Rick, who has cerebral palsy, through hundreds of marathons and triathlons. Rick cannot speak, but using a custom-designed computer he has been able to communicate. They ran their first five-mile race together when Rick was in high school. When they were done, Rick sent his father this message: "Dad, when we were running, it felt like I wasn't disabled anymore!"


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