BTS at the 2021 GRAMMYs Awards show
Photo: Bighit Music
The lead-up to the 2022 GRAMMYs Awards show, officially known as the 64th GRAMMY Awards, taking place Monday, Jan. 31, is getting hotter by the day—and now includes some glamorous artifacts from music history you can own for yourself.
Julien's Auctions recently announced a spectacular lineup of items by today's music stars to be sold at MusiCares' Charity Relief Auction. The event will take place live in Beverly Hills and online at juliensauctions.com on Sunday, Jan. 30, 2022, the day before Music's Biggest Night.
All proceeds from this GRAMMY Week event will benefit MusiCares, the leading music industry charity, which provides the music community a support system of health and human services across a spectrum of needs including physical and mental health, addiction recovery, preventative clinics, unforeseen personal emergencies, and disaster relief.
Leading the charge is the group at the vanguard of 21st-century pop, BTS. Members RM, Jin, SUGA, j-hope, Jimin,V, and Jungkook have graciously offered the ensembles they wore during their performance of "Dynamite," which was taped remotely from Seoul, South Korea, and aired live at the 2021 GRAMMY Awards show in March.
BTS' custom-made orange, white and black suits will be sold at no reserve with a conservative pre-auction estimate of $30,000 to $50,000. Additionally, three rings worn by j-hope—a twisted double band in gold, a triple green gem single band sterling silver ring, and a spiral gold-colored sterling silver ring—will be on offer, estimated at $2,000 to $4,000.
Aside from BTS, Julien's Auctions will feature the dazzling white and gold long-sleeve fitted dress Dolly Parton wore when she was honored as MusiCares' Person Of The Year in 2019; the dress will go for an estimated $2,000 to $4,000.
Also, the silver ensemble Katy Perry wore during her 2010 televised special, where she performed her immortal "California Gurls," will hit the block for an estimated $3,000 to $5,000.
For more information on the historic gems from the pop and rock lineage available at Julien's Auctions this winter—including Lionel Richie's black jacket, Slash's top hat, a Schechter signed by Machine Gun Kelly, and more—visit Julien's Auctions' website.
Breast cancer is the second most common cancer in American women, with one in eight women expected to develop the disease in their lifetime. An estimated 44,130 people will die from breast cancer this year, and metastatic breast cancer (or late-stage breast cancer) will cause the majority of those deaths. However, when breast cancer is detected early, women have a 93% or higher chance at survival for the first five years.
As a result, minimizing the risk of developing breast cancer, and/or catching breast cancer early in its progression, are crucial to preventing death from the disease. Here are five tips from MusiCares on the prevention and early detection of breast cancer.
About 5% to 10% of breast cancers are hereditary, meaning they are caused by abnormalities in inherited genes. For breast cancer, in particular, mutations in the BRCA gene – a gene that typically works as a tumor suppressor – can increase your risk of developing the disease.
Understanding your genetic risk of developing breast cancer can help determine what actions to take to minimize the chance of getting the disease. Fortunately, through genetic testing, it is possible to see whether or not you have mutations in your BRCA gene. To get tested, the CDC recommends discussing your family history of breast cancer with your doctor and asking them to refer you to a certified genetic counselor.
For more information on genetic testing for breast cancer, visit the CDC's website here.
There are two types of breast cancer screenings available to women: mammograms and MRIs.
Mammograms, or breast x-rays, are recommended for women with an average risk of breast cancer. In a study of women diagnosed with breast cancer, those who had regular mammograms had a 60% lower risk of dying from the disease 10 years after diagnosis compared to women who did not have regular mammograms.
The U.S. Preventative Services Task Force recommends that women 50-years and older should get a mammogram every two years, and women between 40 and 49 should consult their doctor about the timing and frequency of mammograms.
For those at higher risk of breast cancer, breast MRIs can be used in combination with mammograms to screen for breast cancer. Breast MRIs can find some cancers not detected by a mammogram—however, they can also produce false-positive results, so the American Cancer Society only recommends this method for women at greater than average risk.
According to Johns Hopkins Medical Center, 40 percent of breast cancers are diagnosed by women who felt a lump in their breast while performing a self-exam. While self-exams may not detect all tumors, the data supports that self-exams are still critical in the early detection of breast cancer.
The National Breast Cancer Foundation recommends performing a self-exam once each month to check for abnormalities in breasts, including any lumps, thickening, swelling, or other changes. If a lump is found, schedule an appointment with a doctor, but don’t panic—eight in 10 lumps are non-cancerous.
For more information on performing a self-exam, visit the National Breast Cancer Foundation's website here.
In addition to monthly self-exams, yearly clinical exams are also recommended for the early detection of breast cancer. A clinical breast exam is a physical test performed by a trained healthcare provider, such as a nurse practitioner or physician, typically at an annual check-up. The provider will feel your breasts, clavicle, and underarms to check for any abnormalities or changes. The National Cancer Comprehensive Network recommends women have clinical breast examinations annually beginning at age 25.
For more information on clinical breast exams, visit https://www.nationalbreastcancer.org/clinical-breast-exam
The American Cancer Society reports that many studies over the last twenty years have supported that physical activity is linked to a lower risk of breast cancer. Experts believe that physical activity can regulate certain hormones that, if left unregulated, can fuel breast cancer growth. It’s recommended that adults get at least 150 minutes of exercise each week to effectively reduce cancer risk.
In addition, certain dietary habits have also been linked to reduced risk of breast cancer. Individuals who eat diets rich in fruits, vegetables, and carotenoids are at a lesser risk of developing breast cancer in their lifetime. Additionally, individuals who consumed alcohol were more likely to develop breast cancer.
Proper hearing is vital for a career in music, arguably more so than in any other career. But the constant exposure to loud noise that often accompanies a career in the industry frequently leads to serious hearing damage.
According to a study of the health insurance records of nearly 7 million people, professional musicians are almost four times more likely to suffer noise-induced hearing loss than other people.
The study also shows that music professionals are 57 percent more likely to experience tinnitus because of their jobs. What's more, hearing damage is irreversible—so preventing hearing loss in the first place is crucial for career longevity in music.
This idea is central to the work of MusiCares, a safety net for the music industry that provides preventative, emergency, and recovery programs to support the health and welfare of music people. This October, MusiCares is celebrating "Protect Your Hearing Month" with a series of events focused on hearing health and damage prevention.
Although the organization is dedicating this month to the topic, supporting hearing protection for music people is an ongoing effort for the MusiCares team—365 days a year.
In 2014, MusiCares launched a new initiative to help prevent hearing loss in the music community by providing free custom-fit earplugs to music industry professionals across the country. MusiCares set up a series of clinics at festivals, concert venues, and music companies, where hearing professionals created molds of participants' ears, which are then used to create custom earplugs.
The process takes no more than 10 minutes, so busy crew members, musicians, and artists can get fitted for their earplugs and quickly return to their work. The molds are then sent to one of MusiCares' partners, such as 1 of 1 Custom, who create the custom-fit earplugs and ship them directly to each music industry professional.
Since the program's inception, MusiCares has provided complimentary custom-fit earplugs to 23,912 music industry professionals at 479 clinics throughout the country. The program's cost to date is more than $3,910,596, meaning MusiCares has spent almost $4 million dollars on hearing damage prevention for the music industry.
In addition to its Hearing Clinics, MusiCares also provides monetary support for hearing health via medical grants. Music professionals can use these grants to purchase hearing aids, buy hearing protection, or visit an audiologist.
One of our MusiCares clients, a 57-year-old professional drummer, said it best: "This is amazing and so helpful. Having hearing trouble as a musician, or anyone for that matter, can be scary and a real challenge. [Hearing aids are] such a tremendous help, [and] I can't thank you enough...I really appreciate all you do."
*For more information on our hearing clinics or medical grants, visit our Get Help section.
Despite the country making strides in reducing mental-health stigma, covering addiction treatment services, and increasing access to treatment, harmful myths still interfere with people getting help with their addictions and getting well.
With that in mind, it's vital that those who care for—or about—a person suffering from addiction to know how to both help the addicted person and get help for themselves when they can.
The foremost major myth—one that has proved mightly pervasive—is that the addicted person has to want help and singlehandedly initiate the process of seeking treatment.
Families may need to work with an interventionist or with a counselor of their own over a period of weeks or months in order to develop strategies to get help for the addicted person—and the entire family.
A 2018 meta-study found that family involvement can actually increase access to treatment as well as improving individual coping and treatment outcomes.
The second harmful myth is that families should somehow be responsible for the behavior and recovery of their loved ones.
Sometimes, the person with substance use disorder may verbally blame others for their use and its effects. Guilt—real or imagined—may lead to "enabling" behaviors, which can be classified as anything a family member does to soften the consequences of the behavior of a person with an addiction.
In my college years, I totaled a Chevy Impala at 4 a.m. three blocks from my house. My father was able to get to the car before the police and act as though he had been driving to prevent a DUI.
It was another five years before I found help for addiction when a legal consequence much earlier might have brought help to the family—for my parents as well as myself.
Granted, associations exist between early childhood trauma and subsequent addiction—and trauma work is often a vital part of recovery. By the time someone's addiction shows up, that family is usually long in the rear-view mirror and the present family members were not part of that equation.
Viewing addiction as the disease that it is takes blame and guilt out of the picture for both the family members and the person with an addiction. Al-Anon, the mutual help group for family members, has long stated the view that addiction is something family members did not cause, cannot control and cannot cure.
Some families would be content to drop their loved one off at a treatment center and come back a month later to pick up the new and renewed person.
This means a missed opportunity for family members to begin their own healing and to rebuild a new relationship with their loved one from a point of health. Also, family participation improves treatment outcomes—often drastically.
Further, living with an addicted person forces one question to their own sanity, deny their own needs and experiences and live in a constant state of vigilance, mistrust and suspicion.
Some family members report when their spouse or child came to treatment, they had their first sound sleep in months or years just knowing that their loved one was safe.
The feeling of responsibility for the life of another—the constant uncertainty, not to mention the feelings of frustration over ruined finances and broken promises—affects relationships on many levels.
Any discussion may lead to escalation or disaster, so family members learn to curb communication.
This short-changes the family member on their own health trajectory.
For many years, I knew a remarkable woman I will call Alice. Alice began AA and Al-Anon when her son was arrested and ultimately sent to prison for a drug offense. She made a bargain with God: "Keep my son safe and I will take a meeting into the women's prison." Five days after her son entered the penitentiary, he was murdered.
At first, Alive felt betrayal and confusion. But she kept her part of the bargain, and for two years carried that meeting into a place where women desperately needed recovery. She maintained both Al-Anon and AA meeting attendance throughout the rest of her life.
While never filling the void left by her son's death, Alice's participation in the community and self-help groups became the cornerstone of growth and peace that allowed her to work through her grief and live a life of purpose and meaning.
It happens in many cases, certainly, that treatment is the dividing line between a life of risk and emptiness and a generative, fully engaged existence thereafter.
But that isn't the norm. More often healing happens in stages, over time and in community with others. "Others" includes family, peer support, professional counseling at each stage of recovery and continued stability at home and in health.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) identifies the pillars of Health, Home, Purpose, and Community in a person's ongoing need for recovery support. Families derive the same benefit in using the pillars of support, regardless of the treatment outcomes for their loved ones.
Recognizing that healing takes time allows people to utilize professional supports in clinically directed recovery.
And these need to work their power until folks suffering from addiction gain the experience and muscle memory to practice self-directed recovery within their communities, faiths and families.