Have you ever wondered how a Grammy award is made? Well, wonder no longer as John Billings, the “Grammy Man” from Ridgway, Colorado, is here to show us how it’s done.
Billings, who has been crafting the iconic statue for 40 years, started out as an apprentice to the original Grammy maker and took over for him upon his death.
In the video, which can be viewed below, Billings walks us through the process of creating each statue, from filling the molds with a patent trademark metal called grammium to gold plating and assembling the finished pieces.
Billings explains that when the first Grammy came out in 1958, there was a contest on a radio station to name the award. A lady from Texas suggested “Grammy” because it “looked like the old gramophone that her grandmother had when they would play records, and they called it the Grammy.”
When asked what he loves the most about making the Grammy awards, Billings shares: “Since I was a little kid, I spent most of my time building model cars and airplanes, and I’ve just found this wonderful niche of making something that is recognized around the world, and it’s still made in the old school fashion.”
“When you see someone at the awards ceremony holding it up,” he continues, “it’s something that will change their life, and it’s something that fulfills mine.”