The World Is Listening = 55th Annual Grammy Awards

By Lynn Ponder: The newest ad campaign to promote the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards was created by The Recording Academy and TBWA/Chiat/Day, titled #TheWorldIsListening. Love how ad campaigns are launched with hashtags using social media to spark an immediate conversation while tracking it on Twitter.

Multiple Grammy award winner Taylor Swift appears on first promo inspiring the next generation of music whizzes:

#TheWorldIsListening campaign features both established and up-and-coming artists across a variety of print, out-of-home and digital communications, as well as three TV commercials. At the heart of this year’s #TheWorldIsListening campaign is a newly created website,, which allows musicians to share their tracks via SoundCloud for a chance to have their music tweeted out by a panel of music icons, including Linkin Park, RZA, and Snoop Lion. A great initiative for all the young upcoming talented artists to really get viewed by an amazing panel.

Rihanna is one of the artists involved sharing her journey in a commercial. Check out this video promo with the super star:

While social media has given musicians more ways to share their sounds than ever before, the online music space is increasingly fragmented. As a result, it gets more difficult for emerging artists to be discovered. #TheWorldIsListening campaign and the GRAMMY Amplifier aims to help solve this problem by exposing new artists through social platforms — with the ultimate goal of discovering artists with the potential to be the next generation of GRAMMY winners..

”This year’s campaign highlights the raw emotion and desire of the artist’s journey, and is amplified via social media in order to draw more music fans into an engaged music conversation,” said Evan Greene, Chief Marketing Officer of The Recording Academy.

 Patrick Condo, creative director, TBWA\Chiat\Day, said, “Sure, the music industry embraces fame — but music always comes first. From RZA to Rihanna, to the young girl taking her first piano lesson, it’s their passion for the craft that will, ultimately, lead them to the public and then fame. This year’s campaign celebrates this passion and the talent as burgeoning artists embark on that quest for fame.

All of the campaign materials prominently feature the hashtag #TheWorldIsListening, a first in GRAMMY history and a testament to the role of social media with regard to the GRAMMY telecast. In February 2012, the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards generated more than 13 million social media comments making it the biggest social media event in the history of television at the time.

The 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards will be held on Sunday, Feb. 10 at Staples Center in Los Angeles and will be broadcast live in HDTV and 5.1 surround sound on the CBS Television Network from 8–11:30 p.m.