Grammy Museum

Grammy Museum Celebrates Island Records' 60th Anniversary

The Grammy Museum celebrated the 60th anniversary of Island Records, once the biggest independent label in history, on Saturday, Nov. 23. Founding Grammy Museum Executive Director Bob Santelli conducted a very special interview with Island Records last surviving co-founder, Chris Blackwell and Island Records president, Darcus Beese. Blackwell discussed forming the label and working with icons like Bob Marley and Jimmy Cliff. Beese dove into taking over the label and how to keep it running the way Blackwell did. Beese started at Island as a Promotions Intern. Following the Q&A, Island Records artist Jessie Reyez performed several songs acoustically. To this day, Island remains one of the most historic labels. Over the years, Island Records has been the home to Toots and The Maytals, Bob Marley, and U2. Island's current roster includes Bon Jovi, The Killers, Elton John, and Demi Lovato.