Monthly Archives: April 2016

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.


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.


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


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.