A GRAMMY® Award That Would Mean Something

Like the music recording awards show itself, most GRAMMY® nominations are tiresome, but one of tonight’s nominees stands out. It’s an ever-changing music video with singing by a dead man and drawings by two hundred thousand of his admirers across the globe. The video above is just a snapshot of The Johnny Cash Project. Go to the site itself for a richer experience. You can even become part of it by making a drawing. Learn more about the crowd-sourced production from some of its contributors after the jump.

The video:

The Johnny Cash Project production team.

“Crowd-Sourced Johnny Cash Video Scores Grammy Nomination,” Brenna Ehrlich, Mashable

“Commemorating the Dead with Johnny Cash,” Nick Senger, Catholic School Chronicle

The music:

 American VI: Ain’t No Grave, Johnny Cash, Lost Highway Recordings

 Johnny Cash official website

 “Ain’t No Grave Gonna Hold Johnny Cash’s Body Down,” Paul Harvey, Religion in American Life

Note: Many people know this song about resurrection and eternal life through the recordings of Brother Claude Ely. 


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10 Responses to “A GRAMMY® Award That Would Mean Something”

  1. Stephanie Cristo Says:

    I really enjoyed your post. Thanks for the link on Brother Claude Ely, too. I’ve been interested in his story for a couple years now. He wrote some amazing songs like “Ain’t No Grave” … your post was awesome!

  2. mary freerks Says:

    this was so beautiful and every drawing captured something awesome about johnny


    Exceptional! Thank You


    I was raised w/John

  5. Mary Cassidy Says:

    Beautiful and loving tribute

  6. David Ritz Says:

    Haunting and beautiful filled with emotion just like many of Johnnys songs,something very special to be remembered.

  7. Wm. Rich Says:

    This is a lesson on what the ” Walking Contradiction” inspired in so many talented people. And there ain’t no grave gonna hold Mr. Cash.

  8. Jerry Bryant Says:

    Several times I had my hair cut at the old Jones Barbe Shop in the Berclair area of Memphis. Johnny sat in the chair next to me many times. Although a fan, I, like many at that time, sensed he did not want to be approached. I guess the times were bad. Thank God, his greatness as an American music icon came to fruitionl.

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  10. Mike Licht Says:

    NEW! Previously unreleased version of Get Rhythm,” a demo recording made before Cash was signed to Sun Records in 1955 (via Rolling Stone).

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