RIAA 5x Multi-Platinum™ Award for Paul Simon's Graceland album. Released Aug. 25, 1986 after Simon had visited and recorded with musicians in South Africa, later developing further tracks at the Hit Factory studios in New York City, the release featured a wide variety of musical styles. The album was certified 5x Multi-Platinum™ by the RIAA for five million copies sold in the U.S. on Jan. 31, 1995.
It featured genre-bending hits "The Boy In The Bubble", "You Can Call Me Al" and the title track. The album went to #1 in the U.K., Canada, Australia and other countries and #3 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart. It won the Grammy for Album of the Year in 1987 and in 1988 the title track "Graceland" won for Record of the Year.
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- RIAA 5x Multi-Platinum bar hologram award with album art and unique grey felt matte
- In Excellent condition with only a very minor mar or two on the frame
- A first presentation award from sometime in the 1998 time frame
- Unopened back with manufacturer's sticker indicating a completely original award
- Known as a "RIAA bar hologram" award with a serial number hologram, they were made from 1998 to present
- Award measures approx. 21" x 25"
- Beautiful and rare collectors item
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Detailed Item Description: This RIAA Multi-Platinum award is a first presentation award that would have been manufactured in 1998 making this award approximately 20 years old. This award was given to Troy Germano, son of the owner of the The Hit Factory studios in New York where much of the album was recorded. He later became the owner and today runs Germano Studios in NYC.
The award is all original although the studio re-backed the award with a "Germano Studios" label on the backing paper. This award overall is in excellent condition, with only a very minor mar or two on the frame.
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