• The Journey Continues
  • The Places that Inspired the SongsMusic Lover's Travel Guide
  • Tell us your story and GO TO THE GRAMMY®sHilton hotels and the Grammys

Begin your Journey

    • Decades of History
      in the Making

      Today, the GRAMMY Awards are an international cultural icon and an inspiration to aspiring musicians all over the world. This year, we celebrate the twenty-fourth year of our partnership with the The Recording Academy® as the Official Hotel for the GRAMMYs, Music's Biggest Night®. History has been made here, as our hotels have become the preferred destination for countless music travelers and legendary artists. We're honored to continue our inspiring collaboration with the GRAMMY Awards and invite you to learn more about our own musical history.

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      Use your Hilton HHonors points to donate to The GRAMMY Foundation®.

    • Beverly Hilton, 1959

      Beverly Hills, CA

      This is where it all began. The 1st Annual GRAMMY Awards dinner ceremony was held on May 4th, 1959 at The Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. That night, the Grand Ballroom gave away 28 inaugural GRAMMY Awards, but featured a constellation of talent including The Everly Brothers, Perry Como, Doris Day, Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald. Not a bad start.

    • Hilton Istanbul, 1959

      Istanbul, Turkey

      By the late 1950s, jazz had become a global phenomenon. In April 1959, the legendary Louis Armstrong and his All Stars traveled to Istanbul, Turkey as part of a European tour that included three concerts. The first two of these concerts were held at the Saray Theater on April 10th and 11th, followed by a final performance by "Ambassador Satch" on April 12th in the Hilton Istanbul ballroom.

    • New York Hilton, 1971

      New York, New York

      Beyond his legendary "Bed-In For Peace" honeymoon with Yoko Ono at the Hilton Amsterdam in 1969, the link between John Lennon and Hilton extends into songwriting. The original hand-written lyrics to John Lennon's 1971 #1 hit single Imagine were penned on a piece of Hilton New York stationery, which now has a home in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Annex in New York City.

    • Hilton Hawaiian Village, 1973

      Waikiki, Hawaii

      By the time he visited Hawaii in 1973 for his "Aloha from Hawaii" concert, the island paradise of Hilton Hawaiian Village® Waikiki Beach Resort had become a favorite destination for rock and roll icon Elvis Presley. Whether he was on location for a concert, film or vacation, the King called the Ali'i Tower's Mahele Presidential Suite on the 14th floor of the Ocean Tower (Ali'i Tower) home.

    • Ali'i Tower Mahele Hotel, 1997

      Waikiki, Hawaii

      On his way home from touring Europe and Asia in 1997, Michael Jackson was asked to add Hawaii as a final stop of his tour. The Prince of Pop chose the exotic Hilton Hawaiian Village® Waikiki Beach Resort and stayed in the Ali'i Tower's Mahele Presidential Suite, the very same suite that was occupied by Elvis decades earlier. Jackson's January 4th performance at the Aloha Stadium on Oahu would be his last U.S. concert.

    • The Drum Room, 1941

      Kansas City, Missouri

      In the 1930s and 40s, Kansas City had become the "cradle of jazz" in America and a destination for touring musicians including Frank Sinatra, Count Basie and Patsy Cline. One look across the drum shaped bar at the Drum Room and it was clear why the Hilton President Kansas City hotel was where anyone who was anybody came to be seen, and heard.

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  • Share the story about the
    show you couldn't miss

    Our history with the GRAMMY® Awards has spanned over half a century, and now it includes inspiring our friends and fans to share stories of their own musical journeys. Whether it was a road trip to see your favorite band or a tour inspired voyage, visit us on Facebook to share your story and you could win a trip to Music's Biggest Night in 2013. Enter Now Hilton Hhonors

    Go to the 55th Annual GRAMMY® Awards in 2013
    • Airfare for two (2) to Los Angeles, CA
    • 3 nights at The Beverly Hilton
    • Ground transportation (airport/hotel &
      hotel/event venues)
    • 2 Tickets to the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards in 2013
    • 2 Tickets to the Official GRAMMY Celebration® After-Party in 2013
    Submissions Deadlines
    • 01/17/2012 - 02/06/2012
    • Voting 02/07/2012 - 02/14/2012
    • Panel of Judges Review 02/15/2012 - 02/20/2012
    • Winner Selected by Judges on or about 2/20/2012
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  • The Grammy Awards are
    just the beginning

    Hilton Hotels & Resorts is proud to host the annual Recording Academy® & Clive Davis Pre-GRAMMY Gala Saturday evening at The Beverly Hilton, which first hosted the GRAMMY Awards over fifty years ago. The weekend also includes the MusiCares® Person of the Year Tribute Gala which will honor legendary singer-songwriter and 14-time GRAMMY winner Sir Paul McCartney, whose creative accomplishments beyond music include a lifetime of charitable work. We're proud to be a part of the celebration of those that inspire us with a weekend of great music and can't-miss events. Recording Academy® Pre-Grammy Gala at The Beverly Hilton

  • There's always more
    to the story

    Our Hilton Hotels & Resorts YouTube channel has dozens of videos that capture our history, growth and presence throughout the world. You can also visit our news page to learn more about our most recent announcements and other news. We invite you to read, watch and share more about the Official Hotel of the GRAMMY Awards in news and on the web.

A music lover's
Travel Guide

Music has inspired travel and memorable trips have certainly inspired music. Along the road, certain places have captured the imagination of songwriters more than others. Here are a few of our favorites.

  • New York City It wouldn't be the city that never sleeps without an incomparable music scene. This is the birthplace of hip hop, salsa, disco, house music and punk rock. New York is home to Broadway's musicals and an array of world-renowned performance halls that make this city a musical mecca.Book Now

  • New Orleans In this city, you don't just play music, you live it. The Birthplace of Jazz is home to dancing Mardi Gras Indians, gospel brunches, Second Lines, French Quarter performers and live shows in Armstrong Park. It's a place where no matter where you are, you're never more than a few steps away from a musical experience.Book Now

  • London This is the city where legends came for inspiration and where, for centuries, musicians have gotten their start. From vaudeville to music halls, symphony orchestras to underground rock and roll venues, it's hard to find music that hasn't answered London's call.Book Now

  • Tokyo This is the city where ancient meets contemporary and East meets West. Beyond the sophisticated nightclubs of Ginza or the live-music houses in Roppongi, the Japan Philharmonic Orchestra or the world-famous Takarazuka Kagekidan, Tokyo is a must-visit music experience.Book Now

  • Chicago Experience first-hand why the Windy City is the energetic birthplace of Chicago Blues. Home to some of the oldest jazz and blues clubs in the U.S. and the famed Chicago Symphony Orchestra, this is where disciples of anything from indie to opera can find a new sound to love.Book Now

  • Nashville Legendary venues don't exist without legends, and neither would "Music City" had it not been for the talent that's come through Nashville. After a visit to the Grand Ole Opry or Ryman Auditorium, known as the Mother Church of Country Music, country will never sound the same.Book Now

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