As announced at the recent Grammy awards ceremony, the complex housing the new Grammy Museum has been named the Pierre Cossette Center. Located in downtown Los Angeles, the museum pays tribute to the biggest names in music and has a special section dedicated to Mr. Cossette, a Québec native.
The 85-year-old producer, who has his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, transformed the Grammy awards ceremony after he acquired the broadcast rights in 1971. The Recording Academy’s annual celebration went on to become a major TV phenomenon in the US and around the world. Today, it is broadcast in 166 countries and attracts 700 million viewers. Mr. Cossette retired in 2005 after producing the awards ceremony for 35 years, in addition to the first five editions of the Latin Grammy Awards. His son John now produces these shows.
Born in Valleyfield, Québec, Mr. Cossette first tasted success as a music producer. He was one of the co-founders of Dunhill Records, whose roster of artists included The Mamas and the Papas and Steppenwolf. He also developed popular TV shows such as Stand Up and Cheer, Sha Na Na and The Andy Williams Show, in addition to musical comedies on Broadway. He is the recipient of America’s greatest entertainment honours, having won Emmy, Tony and Grammy awards for achievements in the fields of television, musical comedy and music.