The Grammy Museum in Los Angeles has acquired the five-piece DW Drums Collector’s Series drum kit played during Grammy Award winner Bruno Mars’ tribute to the late Grammy Award-winning-icon Prince at the 59th Grammy Awards on February 12, 2017 at STAPLES Center. The five-piece set was donated to the Museum’s permanent collection by DW Drums in Oxnard, California, and is now on display in the Museum’s lobby.
In conjunction with the display, beginning March 8 through April 19, 2017, fans can enter for a chance to win a five-piece DW Design Series drum set (MSRP $3,800) and DW 5000 Series hardware complete with a bass drum head hand-signed by Bruno Mars and his entire band prior to their performance at the 59th Grammys. Registrants may enter to win the DW Drum display in the lobby of the Grammy Museum or in the online sweepstakes at www.dwdrums.com/GRAMMYMuseumContest. No purchase is necessary.
The DW Design Series drum set in white lacquer features 10″, 12″ and 14″ toms, a 22″ bass drum, and 7″x14″ snare drum finished in chrome hardware. It also includes DW 3000 Series hardware, a single pedal, and a drum throne.
Mars and his band, The Hooligans, paid tribute to Prince during the 59th Grammy Awards with a performance of Prince’s 1984 hit “Let’s Go Crazy.” While Mars played a white Schecter Cloud guitar, his brother and drummer, Eric Hernandez, played the gloss-white DW Drums Collector’s Series kit complete with Prince’s iconic “symbol” hand-painted in gold leaf on the bass drum head, which is currently on display at the Grammy Museum. The tribute also featured performances of Prince’s “Jungle Love” and “The Bird” by Morris Day And The Time.
“This donation is a huge milestone in the development of the Grammy Museum’s permanent collection,” says Bob Santelli, Museum Executive Director. “This piece will help us continue to educate visitors on memorable moments in Grammy Awards history, while also placing a much-deserved spotlight on some of the great artists of yesterday and today. We thank DW Drums, and Bruno Mars and his band, for this generous gift.”
“It was an honor to create this very special drum set for Eric Hernandez to play as part of Bruno Mars’ incomparable tribute to Prince at the 59th Grammy Awards,” says Drum Workshop Inc. Executive Vice President and Drum Designer, John Good. “To have this set of DW drums included in the Grammy Museum’s permanent collection ensures they will continue to be seen and enjoyed by countless visitors to the Museum for years to come, and it is DW’s hope they will inspire the next Prince, Bruno Mars, or Eric Hernandez.”
The Grammy Museum is located at 800 West Olympic Boulevard, Suite A245, Los Angeles, CA 90015. With an entrance off of Figueroa Street, the Museum resides within the L.A. LIVE district at the intersection of Olympic Boulevard and Figueroa Street in downtown Los Angeles. The Museum is open Monday through Friday from 10:30 A.M. to 6:30 P.M., and Saturday and Sunday from 10 A.M. to 6:30 P.M.