Big Music Stars Win Awards in New York
R.E.M. band members, from left, Peter Buck, Mike Mills, Michael Stipe and Bill Berry attend the Songwriters Hall of Fame Induction and Awards Gala at the New York Marriott Marquis Hotel on Thursday, June 13, 2024, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

Big Music Stars Win Awards in New York

June 14th, 2024

Big music stars came together in New York City. It was a special night where music writers were celebrated. The band R.E.M. and other famous music people were there. They got awards for writing great songs. R.E.M. played music together at the event. There was also a big award given to Diane Warren. She has written many songs. People sang her songs at the event. Another lady, Hillary Lindsey, got an award too. She writes country music songs. Carrie Underwood sang one of Lindsey's songs, "Jesus, Take the Wheel." Many other music artists performed their songs. It was a night to say thank you to the people who make music. They make songs we all like to listen to and sing.
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💭 Discussion Questions

. Where did the big music stars come together?
. Who played music together at the event?
. What kind of songs does Hillary Lindsey write?

📖 Vocabulary

🌐 Cultural context

New York City is a big city in America known for events. R.E.M. is a famous American rock band. Diane Warren and Hillary Lindsey are respected songwriters. Country music is a popular American music genre.

🧠 Further reading

List of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is a special place in Cleveland, Ohio, in the United States. It started in 1983. It celebrates important music people and groups who made a big difference in music, especially rock and roll music. There are different groups to join this Hall of Fame. People can join as performers, those who make music but don't perform, people who started early, or for working a long time in music. In 2000, they added people who help the performers, too. Every year, new performers join. To join as a performer, a music person or group must wait 25 years after their first music comes out. Then, a group of people who know a lot about rock music vote from a list. The performers with the most votes join the Hall of Ball. Some years, many performers join, like seven performers in 2019. Fans of the music started to vote in 2012. Their votes count just like the experts' votes. Every year, there is a big party to celebrate the new people joining. Sometimes the party is in New York or Cleveland. Now, 378 music people and groups have joined the Hall of Fame.

Christian music industry
Christian music is special. It is about songs for God. There are many kinds like gospel music and church music. People who make this music can write songs, make CDs, sing at concerts, or on Christian radio. There are also special church songs for everyone to sing together. A long time ago, in the 1920s, Christian music started. Sometimes people who make Christian music have to choose between what is religious and what sells. Some smart people are trying to understand why Christian music is not as popular as other music. The music we hear in church today started way back in the 1960s and 1970s. That time was called the Jesus movement. Lots of bands started making music about Jesus very fast. But the normal music business did not know what to do with these bands. The bands also did not like working with big music companies.

Time100 Impact Awards
Some people do really good things in the world. They help with space, buildings, money, and health. We say "thank you" to them with a special prize. It is called the Time100 Impact Awards. A famous actress, Deepika Padukone, helps people with their minds. She makes them feel better. Sarah Al Amiri sends rockets to space. David Adjaye makes nice buildings and shows people different cultures. Tony Elumelu gives money to people in Africa to start businesses. Huda Kattan makes people feel pretty. Will.i.am thinks about new technology. Ellie Goulding sings songs and talks about the weather and the earth. Alia Bhatt acts in movies, and people love her. There is also a man, Gregory, who helps make a big telescope. Dr. Pardis Sabeti studies our bodies and our health. Lea Salonga sings and acts. She helps children who look different feel good. A big movie maker, Steven Spielberg, also gets a prize. He makes movies that lots of people watch. He got his prize at a big party.