The Lab NYC’s Arthur Kade was on the red carpet of the Grammy Recording Academy’s honoring of songwriters/performing artists Ashford & Simpson, GRAMMY®-winning violinist Joshua Bell, GRAMMY-winning artist Melissa Etheridge, GRAMMY-winning creators of “Les Misérables” — Alain Boublil, Herbert Kretzmer and Claude-Michel Schönberg — and R&B singer/songwriter Trey Songz.  They were the recipients of the New York Chapter Recording Academy Honors 2013. The Recording Academy Honors® was established to celebrate outstanding individuals whose work embodies excellence and integrity and who have improved the environment for the creative community.

The event — a benefit raising money for the chapter’s ongoing advocacy and educational programs — was attended by Island Def Jam Music Group President Steve Bartels, media entrepreneur Kevin Liles, IMG Founder Charles Hamlen, Les Miserables stars Samantha Barks and Aaron Tveit, American Idol band leader Ray Chew, Grammy winner Michael Bolton and Recording Academy President Neil Portnow, who hammered home the importance of music in the schools.

Established in 1957, The Recording Academy® is an organization of musicians, songwriters, producers, engineers and recording professionals that is dedicated to improving the cultural condition and quality of life for music and its makers. Internationally known for the GRAMMY Awards — the preeminent peer-recognized award for musical excellence and the most credible brand in music — The Recording Academy is responsible for groundbreaking professional development, cultural enrichment, advocacy, education and human services programs. The Academy continues to focus on its mission of recognizing musical excellence, advocating for the well-being of music makers and ensuring music remains an indelible part of our culture.

Here are all of the exciting interviews from the red carpet with some of music’s biggest superstars:

Trey Songz:

Melissa Etheridge:

Kristian Bush from Sugarland:

Valerie Simpson of Ashford And Simpson:

Joshua Bell:


Samantha Barks of Les Miserables:

Kevin Liles:

Ray Chew and David Caddick: