The GRAMMY Museum® has announced it will honor 16-time GRAMMY® Award winner David Foster at its third annual Gala. The event takes place Sept. 19 at The Novo in Los Angeles. Foster will receive the Architects of Sound Award in recognition of his unparalleled contributions to music. The benefit will support the Museum’s newly expanded music education programs, which were integrated with those of its sister organization, the GRAMMY Foundation, earlier this year.
David Foster has created hit songs and award-winning gold and platinum albums for a variety of artists, from Barbra Streisand, Whitney Houston, and Michael Jackson, to Madonna, Andrea Bocelli, Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan, Chicago, Dolly Parton, Gloria Estefan, and Earth, Wind and Fire, among others. He has also earned a reputation as a keen spotter of new talent, playing a key role in the discovery and career launches of Celine Dion, Josh Groban, and Michael Bublé. Foster has also created culture-defining soundtracks for blockbuster films like The Bodyguard, Urban Cowboy, and St. Elmo’s Fire.
Foster has been nominated for 45 GRAMMY Awards, and has won 16, including three for the prestigious Producer Of The Year, and was also the recipient of the Academy’s President’s Merit Award in 1986. In addition, Foster has won an Emmy Award, a Golden Globe, and racked up three Oscar nominations for Best Original Song. In 2013 he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
The Gala will also recognize Nathan Strayhorn, the recipient of the 2017 Jane Ortner Education Award, which honors K-12 academic teachers who use music in the classroom as a powerful educational tool.