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Will.i.am Named Director of the Grammy Foundation

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Black Eyed Peas frontman and producer Will.i.am has been newly minted as Director of the Grammy Foundation. The 35-year-old will serve on the Grammy board alongside singer/songwriter Darryl Brown, marketing professional Daniel Cherry and Live Nation CEO Michael Rapino.

Neil Portnow, President/CEO of the Grammy Foundation, MusiCares and The Recording Academy issued a statement addressing the latest board members. “Now in their 21st year, both MusiCares and the Grammy Foundation are vibrant and mature nonprofit organizations,” Portnow said. “Our Board members reflect this core strength, and we look to them for creativity and stewardship as we continue our growth. The talent and vision of our Board members is truly inspiring, and we are very fortunate to have highly respected individuals working with us.”

Will.i.am is expected to promote the importance of music and art as part of his new position. The singer/producer has already earned seven Grammy Awards in his career and in September will be honored by performance rights organization BMI during their annual Urban Awards. He will receive BMI’s President’s Award for for his musical and philanthropic work in the past year.

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