Famous Awards: The 2016 Grammy’s

Since 1959, The grammy’s have marked the previous year’s achievement in music. The record executives of the 1950’s expressed their interest in having an award ceremony akin to the Oscars or the Emmys. After forming the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, or NARAS, the first annual award show was held. Named after Emile Berliner’s invention, The Gramophone, The Grammy’s have stood as an immense honor in the music industry for more than half a century.

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The Grammy award itself depicts an idealized gramophone in gold atop a black base where the award is inscribed. The award was altered from its original iteration in 1990 when it began to use a gold-plated metal-alloy instead of gold-plated lead, to make it more durable. The awards given during the ceremony are actually props that are recycled every year. The real award isn’t inscribed with the recipient’s name and achievement until after the event.

In 2016, there were 83 Grammy’s Awarded to artists, totaling more than 8,000 awards given since the first ceremony. The categories for awards varied from Best Music Film to Best Choral Performance to Best Rap Album. Each year, artists nominated for awards perform during the ceremony. The performances have always been momentous from Prince’s energetic “seven splits” performance in 1985 to Pink’s Aerial Gymnastics in 2011.

 

A Grammy Award or nomination has been shown to greatly increase the sales of a record according to Billboard, but since the turn of the century, many have questioned the relevance of an award ceremony for a medium that just doesn’t make money the way it used to. It’s no secret that physical album sales are way down and the music industry is having a harder time producing blockbuster artists. Despite this, The Grammy’s have maintained their relevance by constantly refining their roster of categories, slating the biggest artists to perform and of course, revering the greats of yesteryear.

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Here at Spike’s, we enjoy a good award show. As one of the best creators and sellers of sales awards in PA we just love to see people commemorated for a breakout performance, whether it’s on music’s biggest stage or the little league diamond.

 

Famous Awards: The Naismith Trophy

At Spike’s Trophies, we know that an outstanding performance deserves to be commended. During those last seconds of regulation, when it’s a close game and the pressure is on, a player that can shake off the nerves and drain bucket after bucket is called a ‘clutch’ player. We think awards are pretty clutch too. Whether it’s high school baseball plaques and trophies or Basketball on the national stage, a trophy is the perfect compliment to achievement.

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Each year The Naismith Trophy is awarded to exemplary performances in non-professional Basketball. The categories for the trophy include College Player of the Year, College Coach of the Year, College Official of the Year, Outstanding Contributor to Basketball, High School Player of the Year and High School Coach of the year. The award is given to both men and women in all categories with the exception of Official of the Year and Contributor to Basketball.

 

The Naismith Trophy is considered the most prestigious award in all of non-professional Basketball, and for good reason, it’s awarded based on an entire season’s performance, not a tournament. The trophy gets its name from Dr. James Naismith, the man who invented Basketball in 1891 and was first awarded to UCLA’s Lew Alcindor (later known as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar) in 1969.

 

The award itself was first designed and sculpted by Marty C. Dawe and has remained mostly the same for College Men’s Player of the Year, it depicts a player holding the ball to their side and raising one leg as if they are driving to the basket. The sculpture is plated gold and stands atop a wooden base with the achievement inscribed on the front side.

 

Each year, the winners for all categories are announced between March and mid-April. The award is given by the Atlanta Tipoff Club, an organization dedicated to promoting, developing and celebrating the sport of Basketball.

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We’re always happy to see college basketball, who doesn’t love March Madness? The glamor of The Naismith Trophy is just one reason to watch all season. Whether it’s one of our customized awards in New Jersey or the biggest achievement in college basketball, we just love to see people get the recognition they deserve.

 

 

Famous Awards: The Country Music Awards

At Spike’s Trophies, we recognize the recognized, commemorate the commemorative, celebrate the celebratory. If you’ve got something to be proud of, we’re proud of you for being proud of it. When you do have such an occasion, we’ve got just the thing to impress– our inventory. We’ve been carrying trophies, awards and personalizable apparel since before you were knee high to a grasshopper. When you don’t want to get your office plaques and trophies all catawampus, our staff is here if you’ve got a mind to mark an achievement.

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This year is the 50th Country Music Awards. The awards mark the foremost commercial achievements that Country musicians, songwriters and personalities make each year. It’s the longest running televised musical award show in the world and this year is its half-centennial.

 

The Country Music Awards, just like Country music itself, is uniquely American. It celebrates an American artform, one that is characteristically southern but enjoyed not only in the rest of the country but across the world. The Country Music Awards have been held in Nashville, TN for the 50 years they have been around with the exception of 2005 when they were held at Madison Square Garden.

 

The Country Music Award itself was designed to resemble a chart bullet with its upward curvature. While the original design has remained mostly the same in the half century, the materials have changed. The original trophy was constructed out of walnut and featured a marble base. Today, the award stands at 15 inches tall, weighs 7.5 pounds and is made in Florence, Italy out of hand-blown, fine crystal.

Blake Shelton accepts the award for entertainer of the year at the 46th Country Music Association Awards in Nashville

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This year, the award show will again be televised on ABC.

 

We’re excited to see the performances and the awards, what we’re most excited for, however, is the looks on the winners’ faces. It’s what we here at Spike’s Trophies live for, the way a custom piece can make a person feel when they achieve something great. It’s a big part of the reason we do what we do. From customized awards in New Jersey to spirit wear in Delaware, we’ve got you covered, even if you’re off like a herd of turtles.

Famous Oscar Snubs

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Here at Spike’s Trophies, we like to commemorate people when they do noteworthy things. Everybody deserves an award at some point in their lives, from “Nobel Laureate Astronaut” to “Longest Shower Taker,” bringing home a trophy is special. We thought we could take an opportunity to share some of our biggest heartbreaks at The Oscars, one of the biggest award ceremonies of the year. Being in business since 1929 we’ve seen more than a few of them.

  • Leonardo Dicaprio- We’ll start off with the obvious choice. Leo wasn’t even nominated for his breakout performance in “Titanic”, one of the most memorable films of the 90’s. It’s become something of a joke in film that despite so many prestigious roles such as: “Catch Me if You Can,” ”Shutter Island”, “Inception”, “Django Unchained” and “The Wolf of Wall Street”, he’s never received an Academy Award. This year he’s nominated for his starring role in “The Revenant”. We’re rooting for you Leo!

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  • Alfred Hitchcock- Ask any burgeoning film student about their top 5 favorite directors and most of them are bound to mention Hitchcock. Seminal films like “Vertigo”, “North by Northwest”, “Psycho”, “Rear Window” and “Strangers on a Train” never took home the gold. Hitchcock received one Oscar when “Rebecca” won best picture in 1940.
  • Jamie Foxx- Ok, so he won an Academy Award for playing Ray Charles in “Ray” but he wasn’t even nominated as the title character in “Django Unchained”. Both Christoph Waltz and Leonardo Dicaprio were nominated for their work in that film, it was even up for best picture, but somehow Foxx was snubbed for his role.
  • Martin Scorsese- A master director, Scorsese’s films are both box office hits and critical darlings, he didn’t even receive a nod for the 1976 classic “Taxi Driver”. His films “Goodfellas”, “Casino”, “The Aviator”, and “Raging Bull” never won, but the curse was lifted in 2006 when he finally received an award for “The Departed”

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  • Stanley Kubrick- You read that name right, he never received an Oscar for his work as a director, producer or writer. His landmark film “2001: A Space Odyssey” received an Oscar for best visuals, a shameful concession. Kubrick was responsible for an entire course load of study in film: “Dr.Strangelove”, “A Clockwork Orange”, “The Shining”, “Spartacus” and “Full Metal Jacket”

Well, there you have it, our picks for the most glaring examples of academy snubbery. We think that everybody deserves to be commemorated when they do something exemplary. That’s why this year we’re saying it, if Leo doesn’t get an Oscar this year, he can stop by Spike’s Trophies and we’ll give him an award.

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The 2016 Lombardi Trophy

The Lombardi Trophy, awarded to the team that wins the Super Bowl each year, is one of the most iconic championship awards in North America. Getting its name from Vince Lombardi, The trophy is simple in design, depicting a regulation size football atop a three sided stand. This year is special because it will be the 50th time the trophy is awarded

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Vince Lombardi coached the Green Bay Packers in their back-to-back victories in the first two Super Bowls, at that time the award was known as the AFL-NFL Championship trophy. In 1971 the trophy was rechristened as the Vince Lombardi trophy, following the untimely passing of Coach Lombardi, when he lost his battle with cancer.

The first time the trophy was awarded under its present name was to the Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl V. Strangely, this is the only Super Bowl Trophy not owned by the original team that won it. Baltimore retained the rights to the first official Lombardi Trophy following an extended legal battle with the Colts when the franchise moved to Indianapolis.

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The Lombardi Trophy stands 22 inches high and weighs about 7 pounds.  The trophy is crafted entirely of Sterling Silver and is manufactured by Tiffany & Co. Each year, the award is hand-crafted in a painstaking process, two are produced, in case something happens to the original trophy during the celebrations. The trophy awarded to the winning team is not the final version of the award, however. The Lombardi Trophy is sent back to the factory where it was produced following the game to have the final score, date, location and the two teams that played inscribed on it.  The trophy then makes its way back to the team. The owner decides where to house the award. Famously, Jerry Jones, owner of The Dallas Cowboys keeps all five of the franchise’s trophies in his office.

We hope you enjoyed our brief history of the Lombardi Trophy. If you need a trophy for a champion, overachiever or anyone else who deserves it, contact Spike’s Trophies to see what a nationally recognized team can do.

Famous Awards: Boxing’s World Heavyweight Title

There are a few things one can be in the world of North American sports that carry a significant amount of prestige. For instance, being the Yankees’ shortstop like Derek Jeter, the Cowboys’ quarterback like Troy Aikman, or the Flyers’ Center like Eric Lindros are positions that you might’ve aspired to play when you started playing sports. If you’re thinking that these sound too old timey or that they harken back to the 20th century, then think about it this way: Kids want to be the Patriots’ quarterback, the Yankees’ shortstop, and the Cavaliers’ small forward. Or, they want to be the world heavyweight champion.

Professional boxing’s popularity may be crumbling beneath the weight of mixed martial arts’ popularity in the 21st century, but being the world heavyweight champion has remained a significant achievement in the world of athletics since boxing champions started to receive belts. Even if the WBA, WBC, IBF and WBO World Heavyweight titles mean nothing ten years from now, the men who have adorned these gaudy, wearable trophies are some of the greatest athletes to ever compete in any realm of sports.

It is with that in mind that we here at Spike’s pay homage to the greatness of the World Heavyweight Championship in our Famous Awards series.

History

Since the introduction of the Marquess of Queensberry rules (modern boxing) in the 1890s, the world heavyweight title has changed hands many, many times. Today, there are four different major world heavyweight championships, and each title belt over the years has been quite a thing of beauty! Here are a few of our favorites:

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The Greatest

These fighters are generally included among the best in lists of the greatest heavyweights of all time.

  • Muhammad Ali
  • Joe Louis
  • George Foreman
  • Rocky Marciano
  • Joe Frazier
  • Jack Dempsey
  • Larry Holmes
  • Jack Johnson
  • Lennox Lewis
  • Evander Holyfield

Notable World Heavyweight Title Fights

  • The Fight of the Century

Who: Muhammad Ali vs. Joe Frazier

When: March 8, 1971

Where: Madison Square Garden, New York

Winner: Frazier (Decision)

Why it’s notable: At the time, both men were undefeated. Frazier had won the world heavyweight title after it was stripped from Ali because of his refusal to participate in the United States military draft. This was a fight between two of the greatest fighters ever, both in their respective primes.

  • The Last Bare-Knuckle Fight

Who: John L. Sullivan vs. Jake Kilrain

When: July 8, 1889

Where: Richburg, Mississippi

Winner: John L. Sullivan

Why it’s notable: This was the last great bare-knuckle prize fight for a heavyweight title.

  • Cinderella Man

Who: Jim Braddock vs. Max Baer

When: July 13, 1935

Where: Madison Square Garden Bowl, Long Island City, Queens, NY

Winner: Jim Braddock

Why it’s notable: Max Baer was literally lethal in the ring. He was directly responsible for two boxing deaths. However, Jim Braddock was a nobody, who beat the deadly Baer against virtually all odds.

  • Louis vs. Schmeling

Who: Joe Louis vs. Max Schmeling

When: June 22, 1938

Where: Yankees Stadium, New York

Winner: Joe Louis

Why it’s notable: This was a rematch. Louis lost the first fight, and Max Schmeling was a German at the height of Nazi aggression. Louis knocked Schmeling out in the first round of what can be arguably called the most important sporting event of the 20th century.

  • Mike Tyson vs. Buster Douglas

Who: Mike Tyson vs. Buster Douglas

When: February 10, 1990

Where: Tokyo Dome, Tokyo, Japan

Winner: Douglas

Why it’s notable: Tyson was in his prime, coming into the fight as the undisputed world heavyweight champion. He was considered an unstoppable force in the ring. Some say the moment Tyson hit the mat is the moment boxing’s relevance began its decline.

We hope you enjoyed this as much as we enjoyed writing it. And remember, if you need your own championship belt made, or any other plaque or trophy, give us a call or a visit!

Famous Awards: The Oscar

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The name “Oscar” immediately conjures images of golden, shiny, faceless men whose hands are clasped tightly against their chests. In fact, the award itself is almost as mythic and fabled as the Hollywood legends whose trophy cases are lined with these gilded statues. We could go on describing how fabulous this award is, or we could get into a little about its history and relevance.

The Oscar awards have been commemorating the most exceptional and best of Hollywood’s best for years. Naturally, we should have a feature on them in our Famous Awards series. So, without further ado, here is a profile of Hollywood’s most prestigious award.

 

The History and Relevance

In an annual ceremony first held in 1929, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences recognizes Hollywood’s biggest, most significant accomplishments. Individual efforts and collective achievements alike are recognized at these star-studded galas, as awards are presented to everyone from the best cinematographer to the best picture.

The next Oscar ceremony will be the 88th installment. To date, a total of 2,947 Oscars have been given out. That might sound like a lot, but think about how many movies are made each year. Though the origins of its name are disputed to this day, the Oscars are doubtlessly an American pop culture mainstay.

Notable Winners

  • Hattie McDaniel – First African American to win an Oscar (For Best Supporting Actress, 1939: Gone with the Wind)
  • Sidney Poitier – First African American to win Best Actor (1963: Lilies of the Field)
  • George Burns – First comedian to win Best Supporting Actor (1975: Sunshine Boys)
  • Oscar Hammerstein II – First person named Oscar to win an Oscar (1941: Lady Be Good)
  • Elizabeth Taylor – First actress with a mole on her right cheek to win Best Actress (1960: Butterfield Eight)

Notable Losers

These actors have never won an Oscar, despite each having several great performances in their respective portfolios.

  • Leonardo DiCaprio
  • Julianne Moore
  • Michael Keaton
  • Tom Cruise
  • Glenn Close

Oscar Records

  • Most nominations in a single year – All About Eve (1950) & Titanic (1997­): 14
  • Most wins for Best Director – John Ford: 4
  • Most acting awards – Katharine Hepburn: 4, all for Best Actress
  • Largest sweep – The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003), won all 11 awards for which it was nominated.

We hope you enjoyed this profile of the Oscars. Remember, if you need any trophies or plaques made for any occasion, get in touch with us today!

Top Coolest Trophies in Sports

Trophies serve many, many purposes. They do everything from reward the victors at the top of the sports world to recognize the efforts of pee-wee football players. Here at Spike’s, we love everything about trophies. We love trophies so much that we make them. A lot goes into designing a trophy, too. There’s artistry and craftsmanship that must be appreciated.

Not every person is the same. Not every champion is the same. Some are better than others, and such is the case with the trophies they receive. We give you the coolest sports trophies ever.

1. The Borg-Warner
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The Borg-Warner is awarded to the winner of the famed Indianapolis 500 (or, the Indy 500). The behemoth stands 5 feet, 4 inches tall and weighs over 150lbs. It has faces on it, too, commemorating all of its past winners.

2. NBA Championship Trophy
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The NBA Championship Trophy (or Larry O’Brien trophy) is awarded to the winner of the NBA finals. It depicts a basketball going into a hoop. Kevin Garnett once screamed “Anything is possible!” after winning this bad boy in 2008.

3. Commissioner’s Trophy
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The winner of the fall classic (MLB World Series) receives the Commissioner’s trophy. Fun fact: It’s the only championship trophy of the four major American sports that is not named after a person.

4. John Cena’s Championship Belt
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John Cena’s WWE championship belt is awesome for a number of reasons, but the biggest is the spinner. As if championship belts couldn’t get any cooler, Cena goes and does this.

5. The Lombardi Trophy
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The Lombardi trophy might be the most famous and sought after trophy in American sports. Named for the iconic coach, it is rewarded to the NFL’s Super Bowl champion

6. The Heisman
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Everyone who watches football has done the Heisman pose at one point or another. This statuesque trophy is annually awarded to the best player in college football.

7. Olympic Gold Medal
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Is there a trophy imitated more often than the Olympic gold medal? Probably not. You see the imposters everywhere, but the real thing is majestic, akin to the immortals.

8. The Stanley Cup
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The Stanley Cup is probably the coolest trophy ever, not just in sports. Its reputation alone is mythic. It’s been everywhere from bars to beaches. Like the Borg-Warner, it has the names of each of its champions etched into it.

We hope you agree with our list. If you need a trophy made for a champion, an overachiever, or if you just want one because you deserve it, contact us at Spike’s Trophies.

Spike’s Trophies Honored to Present Papal Recognition Plaque

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Spike’s Trophies has been honored to create awards for many celebrities and famous figures over the last several decades, and this year we were extremely proud to have been given the incredible opportunity to create a customized plaque for Pope Francis, during the monumental 2015 Meeting of Families and Papal visit in Philadelphia, PA. Serving our Philadelphia community and the nation for decades, we couldn’t be happier that we were chosen to represent both our city and our country.

About the Event
Taking place this year between September 25th and September 27th, the World Meeting of Families was an international Conference on the Family founded by St. John Paul II, and sponsored by both the Philadelphia Archdiocese and the Pontifical Council for the Family, in Rome and Vatican City. The event, which occurs every 3 years in different cities worldwide, brings together thousands of Catholics with the communal goal of strengthening families.
This year’s event was particularly monumental, as it marked the first visit of Pope Francis to the United States, one of only 10 apostolic journeys made to the country by Popes in its entire history. An estimated 850,000 people were present to celebrate mass on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway on Sunday, September 27th.

About the Award
This plaque was carefully crafted by the experts at Spike’s to reflect our city, country and the esteemed position of Pope Francis. We used unique optic crystal to make this award striking and highlight the laser-etched text, which was carefully chosen to include the heading, and an excerpt, from the Declaration of Independence, as well as the World Meeting of Families logo.

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The award was presented to the Pope by delegates from both the World Meeting of Families and the City of Philadelphia during his two-day visit to the city.

Famous (Local!) Awards: The Philadelphia Award

For this month’s famous award, and in the spirit of all the brotherly love following the Papal Visit, we’ve decided to keep things local by writing about the Philadelphia Award, a city-based, but nonetheless prestigious, award given out to the most distinguished Philadelphians for over 90 years.

The History
The Philadelphia Award was founded by Edward William Bok in 1921; after making his fortune in the burgeoning publishing industry, Bok started working towards the institution of progressive social movements, such as public sex education, prenatal education, childcare, environmental activism and more. He spent his time as a philanthropist working to improve society through both political action and the arts. The Philadelphia Award was intended for those who encapsulated his idea of model citizens by working to serve others and improve their surroundings.

The Honorees
The historic winners of the Philadelphia Award are given what has been referred to as the “Nobel Prize of Philadelphia,” and join over 80 other accomplished individuals in receiving the honor. Every year, nominees are selected based on their contribution towards the greater good of their community – the winner is the citizen who, during the preceding year, “acted and served on behalf of the best interests of their community.”
Industrialists, social activists, doctors, educators, lawyers, politicians, scientists, religious leaders, philosophers, artists and architects are listed among those who have received this award, which is given by a Board of Trustees, along with $25,000.

The Award
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The Philadelphia award does indeed resemble the Nobel Prize, at least in that it is a relatively simple medal cast with simple information. The medal features the title of the award, date of its founding and image of a presumably famous native Philadelphian (at the time of the publication of this article, the name of this Philadelphian was regrettably not available online – though we welcome any of our readers who know to chime in in the comments section!)
To create your own medal for an honor-deserving friend, family member, loved one or colleague, consult with the experts at Spike’s!