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Senator Lamar Alexander played a few tunes written by Senator Orrin Hatch while they discuss the Music Modernization Act Courtesy Lamar Alexander office

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The 16th annual Grammys on the Hill, a special ceremony held by the Grammys in Washington, D.C., is set to honor Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley for his pivotal role the Music Modernization Act that was passed by Congress last year. 

Alongside a star-studded guest list that includes gospel music legend Yolanda Adams and actress Kristen Chenoweth, the 85-year-old senator will be honored for his stewardship of the legislation that marked the "biggest update to music legislation in the past 40 years," according to The Recording Academy

The bill, which combined several previously considered bills, enjoyed unanimous support by Congress after it was introduced by Grassley and New York Rep. Hakeem Jeffries. 

The Music Modernization Act allowed for protections for multiple classes of people across the music creation process to be grouped under one legislative umbrella and updated laws around access, ownership and streaming royalties for the digital age. 

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