Music Video

Ella Fitzgerald's Grammys

March 2018

Dr. John Hasse tells us the National Museum of American History collection of Ella Fitzgerald's Grammys and other awards on view at the Ella at 100 exhibit in National Museum of American History

Smithsonian Artifact Featured in this Video

Description (Brief)

This award was presented to Ella Fitzgerald by The National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (NARAS), in 1958. It is a medium-brown stained wood base with a gold-tone gramophone on top and engraved metal plate. Jazz vocalist Ella Fitzgerald received this Grammy for either Best Vocal Performance, Female for the album, Ella Fitzgerald Sings The Irving Berlin Song Book, or Best Jazz Performance, Individual for the album, Ella Fitzgerald Sings The Duke Ellington Song Book. The metal plate is engraved:

NATIONAL ACADEMY OF RECORDING
ARTS & SCIENCES – 1958

Location
Currently not on view
Data Source
National Museum of American History
recipient
Fitzgerald, Ella
presenter
National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences
presentation date
1958
Credit Line
Fitzgerald 1989 Trust (through Richard D. Rosman)
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
metal (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 11.8 cm x 11.8 cm x 17 cm; 4 5/8 in x 4 5/8 in x 6 11/16 in
overall: 6 5/16 in x 4 5/8 in x 5 in; 16.03375 cm x 11.7475 cm x 12.7 cm
Object Name
award