Grammy Museum coming to Newark's Prudential Center

By Karen Yi | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
on February 07, 2017

NEWARK -- The soundtrack of the Garden State will be on full display this fall -- the Grammy Museum is coming to Newark's Prudential Center. 

The Grammy Museum at L.A. Live and the Prudential Center announced the partnership on Tuesday, flanked by young Jersey performers and iconic artists like soul singer, Emily "Cissy" Houston, mother of the late Whitney Houston.

"It's about time it's coming to Newark," Houston told reporters. "Where I was born and bred."

She said "a lot of people were very wonderful in Newark and they didn't even know it. I hope we'll all come together and really respect one another and love one another."

The 8,200 square-foot museum will open this fall and feature educational programming, interactive exhibits that allow patrons to play instruments and finish songs, and a Jersey-centric display celebrating the state's artists. 

"We're more than happy to be in a city that for far too long has really been in the shadows of Manhattan when it comes to talent. And guess what? There's a lot of it here," said Bob Santelli, executive director of Grammy Museum at L.A. Live. 

Three other Grammy Museums exist in the U.S. in Los Angeles, Mississippi and Nashville. 

Scott O'Neil, CEO of the Devils, Prudential Center and Philadelphia 76ers, said the privately-funded exhibit will be on the ground level, steps from Mulberry Commons, a new 22-acre project that includes a public park and commercial space.

"It'll be like the front door step of Mulberry Commons," O'Neil said. 

"It adds more credibility to the revitalization efforts in Newark," added Colin McConnell, senior vice president and chief brand officer at Prudential. "At some point you can't ignore it."

The museum will include:

  • A Ray Charles exhibit
  • A New Jersey Grammy Legends exhibit featuring artists like Bruce Springsteen, Frank Sinatra, Queen Latifah and Whitney Houston
  • A history of the Grammy awards
  • Interactive drumming lessons
  • A studio experience allowing guest to mix/remix a track

"This project adds another layer of richness to the city that will really last a lifetime," said Newark's Deputy Mayor Baye Adofo-Wilson.

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