#OTD March 2, 1988:
30th Annual GRAMMY Awards
Radio City Music Hall, New York City.
Wins Best New Artist
“Always believe in yourself and be happy being yourself. I’m glad my Dad instilled in me the principal that it’s not what other people think about you – it’s what you think of yourself.”
This night was special on so many levels – the presentation by music pioneer and legend Little Richard egregiously never given his props as the Architect of Rock and Rock and father to many sub genres of influence in style (I always think when he saw my name and said “..the winner really is me..” he felt a connection. He consoled me backstage and then came Michael Jackson – King Of Pop – it really is a biopic worthy scene and moment!
Don’t miss it!! Major and very special announcement coming!!
Check your local listings.
Push Play — Turn It UP! Some real gems start to finish.
“Iconic Singer Jody Watley Becomes National Museum of African American Music First-Ever Ambassador
Jody Watley, the Grammy award winner trendsetting icon in music, video, fashion and style has been appointed to be National Museum of African American Music’s first ever membership ambassador for the museum.” Read the full feature: https://atlantadailyworld.com/2021/03/03/singer-jody-watley-becomes-national-museum-of-african-american-musics-first-ambassador/
The ultimate award – reward is to live your life on your terms and do what makes you happy. Ignore the chatter, the naysayers – always believe in yourself and that God and the universe will find a way. That said – this night will always be very sweet and monumental in my journey.
“Looking For A New Love” was also nominated that night – what a debut. I talked about my vintage dress (thrift store) paired with the custom biker jacket on The Wendy Williams Show last week and how I always rep being true to myself as we’ll being a style influencer showing you don’t have to spend a fortune to have style and look nice.
I’m blessed to continue to walk my own path and have a solo career that I’m proud of as I continue always moving forward.
January has always seemed to be a good music month for me as my birth month – and it has only been now in this time of being home during the pandemic a lot of things are hitting different. For instance – in my mind ‘Looking For A New Love‘ was a summer single when in fact it was released January 6, 1987. MCA had begun the campaign for my solo debut in the summer and with extensive promotional tours lined up for me. I traveled extensively like a politician shaking hands, spending time with so many people; including lots of Mom and Pop stores (though they no longer really exist there was a time they played a pivotal role for black artists), pressing plants, program directors meet and greets across the states.. the list is vast of all the the work put in before the single was even released. This is the part of the business that isn’t seen of what the business was at that time anyway.
A lot of planning and effort and definitely all the stars of the universe being aligned too! The summer, and fall of the work is probably why I think of summer because that is what the journey is always about — the subsequent success or destination isn’t what you really remember.
Always do the work – focus on the work.
From there this month over the years has also seen benchmarks with my singles “Your Love Keeps Working On Me” peaking at 2 and my makeover dance mixes of “Borderline” reaching the 2 spot on Billboard dance January 13, 2007 respectively. There are probably others but for the purpose of this quick blog – these stand out.
I just wanted to say how grateful I am…also today in Los Angeles mid January – it was 88 gorgeous degrees.