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I'm a longtime contributor to MTV, Billboard, Alternative Press and MovieWeb. I've worked as on-air reporter, host, writer and producer for MTV, MSNBC and E!. I have provided opinion and commentary to programs on VH1, IFC, G4, Fuse, Current and Oxygen. I have written for Huffington Post, Premiere, OC Weekly, SFGate.com, NextMovie.com, MTV's television and movie blogs and other publications. I am the founder of Superhero Productions, providing broadcast, online and aftermarket content for a number of clients including Lionsgate, Sony and Warner Bros. I personally handle artist management for a handful of bands. "Ryan Downey has established a history of breaking some good scoops in the last few years, and you could certainly do worse than bookmark [him] to check in on." -- Ain't It Cool

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Billboard: Grammy Special Merit Awards

LOS ANGELES -- Glen Campbell, Diana Ross, George Jones and the Allman Brothers Band were among those honored with Lifetime Achievement Awards at the Special Merit Awards ceremony hosted by the Recording Academy late Saturday afternoon.

NARAS president Neil Portnow, who hosted, pointed out that there is rarely a dry eye in the house at the sentimentality soaked event. This year was no exception, with standing ovations for recipients like Jones, 80, and Memphis Horns member Wayne Jackson, 70.

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