'Idol' host named honorary chairman

A week prior to its signature Play It Forward concert, the Grammy Foundation has appointed ubiquitous TV personality Ryan Seacrest to honorary chair of the board.

The Foundation, which funds various research and preservation projects and offers music education programs, also announced the creation of an annual music educator award, open to music teachers from kindergarten through college, which will be inaugurated during next year’s Grammy Week proceedings.

“I speak for all of the officers and directors of the Grammy Foundation in wholeheartedly welcoming Ryan to our board,” said Recording Acad prexy Neil Portnow. “I’ve known Ryan personally and professionally for many years, and his energy, integrity and keen vision will bring an increased strength to our mission and programs.”

“Contributing to the great work of the Grammy Foundation will be an honor and privilege, as music has forever been a powerful force in my life,” said Seacrest.

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