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Grammy Museum honors legendary Ray Charles


Rooftop terrace renamed in his honor

The rooftop terrace at the Grammy Museum in downtown Los Angeles officially has a new name, with the space dedicated in honor of legendary musician Ray Charles.

The Ray Charles Terrace opened on Jan. 29  with a gala event hosted by Grammy-winning producer Jimmy Jam. Aloe Blacc and Jac Ross both performed at the star-studded event.

The renaming of the terrace followed a $2 million donation made by the Ray Charles Foundation to the Grammy Museum Foundation. The funds will benefit the museum's Campaign for Music Education, which is aimed at expanding access to music education programs, including the Grammy in the Schools program.

“The Grammy Museum embodies the spirit of our mission to empower young people through education,'' Valerie Ervin, president of The Ray Charles Foundation, said in a statement when the donation was announced earlier this month. “We are thrilled to be able to continue our partnership with the museum and help them achieve their goal of expanding music education and fostering a love of music in our next generation.''

The museum's Campaign for Music Education is a nationwide effort, featuring co-chairs including Billie Eilish, Dua Lipa, Bruno Mars, Shawn Mendes and Rosalia.

According to the museum, the rooftop terrace offers 180-degree views of downtown Los Angeles and the Hollywood sign, and it hosts more than 150 events every year.

The renaming ceremony was held as part of Grammy Week activities leading up to Sunday night's Grammy Awards at Arena.