This page includes the achievements, nominations and awards of the band
Earth, Wind, & Fire.
Earth, Wind & Fire is an American R&B band formed in Chicago, Illinois, in 1969 and led by founder Maurice White. Also known as EWF or the Elements of the Universe, the band has won six Grammy Awards and four American Music Awards. They have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Vocal Group Hall of Fame. [1 ] They have sold over 90 million albums worldwide earning them a place on the [2 ] list of best-selling music artists where they are ranked as the seventh best selling American band of all time. [3 ] [4 ] Rolling Stone Magazine has described Earth, Wind & Fire as "innovative, precise yet sensual, calculated yet galvanizing" and has also declared that the band "changed the sound of black pop". Earth, Wind & Fire were also ranked at number 60 on [5 ] VH1's list of the 100 Greatest Artists of Rock & Roll. [6 ]
The band's music contains elements of
African music, Latin music, funk, disco, soul, jazz, pop, rock, and other genres. The band is known for the dynamic sound of their horn section and the interplay between the contrasting vocals of Philip Bailey's falsetto and Maurice White's tenor. The [7 ] kalimba (African thumb piano) is played on all of the band's albums. [8 ]
American Music Awards [ edit ]
American Music Awards is an annual awards ceremony created by Dick Clark in 1973. Earth, Wind, & Fire has won four awards from twelve nominations. [9 ]
BET Awards [ edit ]
The BET Awards were established in 2001 by the Black Entertainment Television network to celebrate African Americans and other minorities in music, acting, sports, and other fields of entertainment over the past year. On June 25, 2002 Earth, Wind & Fire received the
BET Lifetime Achievement Award.
Grammy Awards [ edit ]
Grammy Awards are awarded annually by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States. Earth, Wind, & Fire has received 6 awards from 17 nominations. [9 ]
Hollywood Walk of Fame [ edit ]
Hollywood Walk of Fame is a sidewalk along Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street in Hollywood, California, with more than 2,000 five-pointed stars to honor artists for their achievement in the entertainment industry. Earth, Wind & Fire received a star on September 14, 1995. It is located at 7080 Hollywood Blvd. [10 ]
NAACP Image Award [ edit ]
An NAACP Image Award is an accolade presented by the American National Association for the Advancement of Colored People to honor outstanding people of color in film, television, music, and literature. Earth, Wind & Fire has received 1 nomination. In 1994 they received the Hall of Fame Award.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame [ edit ]
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is a museum located on the shores of Lake Erie in downtown Cleveland, Ohio, United States, dedicated to the recording history of some of the best-known and most influential artists, producers, and other people who have influenced the music industry. Earth, Wind & Fire was inducted on March 6, 2000. [11 ]
Songwriter's Hall of Fame [ edit ]
Earth, Wind & Fire's Maurice White, Phillip Bailey, Verdine White, Al McKay and Larry Dunn were inducted on June 17, 2010.
Soul Train Music Awards [ edit ]
The Soul Train Music Awards is an annual award show which previously aired in national television syndication, and honors the best in Black music and entertainment. Earth, Wind & Fire has received 4 nominations. In 2011 they were the recipient of the Legend Award.
Vocal Group Hall of Fame [ edit ]
Other awards [ edit ]
First black performers to receive Madison Square Garden's Gold Ticket Award for selling more than 100,000 tickets.
First black performers to receive the
Columbia Records Crystal Globe Award for selling more than five million albums in foreign markets.
On Monday, June 17, 2002 Earth Wind & Fire received the
ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Heritage Award.
Earth, Wind & Fire were inducted into Hollywood's RockWalk on Monday, July 7, 2003
In 2007 "Shining Star" was inducted into the Grammy Hall Of Fame
On May 18, 2008 Maurice White, Ralph Johnson, Philip Bailey and Verdine White each received an honorary degree from the Arts and
Media College at
Columbia College Chicago during the college's 2008 commencement exercises. [14 ]
In 2012 Earth, Wind & Fire were the recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Trumpet Awards.
References [ edit ]
^ "Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee Earth, Wind & Fire". rockhall.com.
^ "Vocal Group Hall of Fame Inductee Earth, Wind & Fire". vocalgroup.org.
^ Hogan, Ed. "Philip Bailey Biography". allmusic.com.
^ Hogan, Ed. "Maurice White Biography". allmusic.com.
^ "Earth, Wind & Fire: Biography: Rolling Stone". Rolling Stone . Retrieved . 2009-04-18
^ "VH1: 100 Greatest Artists of Rock & Roll". rockonthenet.com.
^ Huey, Steve. "Earth, Wind & Fire Biography". allmusic.com.
^ , 1993, THE KALIMBA STORY By Alan Light - Rolling Stone from "The Eternal Dance" box-set. The Eternal Dance
^ a b www.earthwindandfire.com/bio_awards.html
^ "Hollywood's Walk of Fame". walkoffame.com.
^ "Presenting Rock Hall Class of '08". (The Ohio Publishers). December 14, 2007 Akron Beacon Journal . Retrieved . July 7, 2011
^ Acclaimed Music - That's The Way Of The World
^ Maurice White and Philip Bailey received honorary doctorates from the Berkley College of Music
^ "Only at Columbia: No Pomp and Circumstance for These Grads -- They Rock the House with Earth, Wind & Fire". reuters.com. May 20, 2008.
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