J. Ivy appears on “Chicago Tonight: Black Voices” on Feb. 28, 2024. (WTTW News)

J. Ivy is one of the most high-profile poets on the planet. He has worked with A-list artists including Jay-Z and Beyoncé. He even gave John Legend his “Legend” name. Ivy’s spoken word album “The Light Inside” just earned him a third Grammy.

Terry Hunter. (WTTW News)

South Side native Terry Hunter is up for a 2023 Grammy Award for his remix of Beyoncé’s “Break My Soul.”

Children’s music group Wendy and DB perform a song from their Grammy-nominated album. (WTTW News)

Two of the five Grammy nominees this year for Best Children’s Album are from the Chicago area. For Justin Roberts, it’s his fifth nomination. And for the duo Wendy and DB, it’s their first.

Third Coast Percussion rehearses for an upcoming performance. (WTTW News)

Third Coast Percussion is nominated for a Grammy for the fourth year in a row. “Gauntlet” is a new work that has the ensemble making music from a table full of toys and everyday items.

John Prine appears on “Chicago Tonight” on May 12, 2010.

John Prine’s “I Remember Everything” won Grammys for best American roots song and best American roots performance. The singer-songwriter died in April 2020 from the coronavirus.

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Longtime Family Friends Proud of Rapper’s Success

The West Chatham native’s historic performance at the Grammy Awards, winning three awards without a record label, was both “incredible” and “unfathomable,” say longtime family friends.

L.A. Reid with Mariah Carey. (Courtesy L.A. Reid)

Avril Lavigne. Mariah Carey. Outkast. Usher. Rihanna. You've heard these names and many others made famous by music mega-mogul L.A. Reid. The current CEO and chairman of Epic Records has not only scouted star talent, but also penned quite a few top 10 hits himself. Reid tells us about his new memoir.

Chicago blues legend Buddy Guy was honored with a lifetime achievement award at the 57th annual Grammy Awards Sunday. Watch a 2006 interview and performance with Buddy Guy on Chicago Tonight.

Howard Levy

Harmonica wizard Howard Levy joins us with a performance and tells us about reuniting with Bela Fleck & The Flecktones.