18-year show vet also produced BET Awards, 'Quartet'
TV and legit producer John Cossette, known for his work on the Grammy Awards, died April 26. He was 54.Cossette’s death was confirmed in a statement from his family issued by the Recording Academy, but no cause of death was cited. Cossette was the son of Pierre Cossette, founding producer of the Grammys telecast, who died at 85 in 2009 (Variety, Sept. 14, 2009). In addition to helming the Grammys for 18 years, the younger Cossette served as a consulting producer on the Latin Grammy Awards. Cossette’s Beverly Hills-based firm also produced several shows for cabler BET, including the annual BET Awards. He received two NAACP Image Awards for his work on the kudocast. His theatrical work included the Broadway production of “Million Dollar Quartet” and the show’s London and original Chicago runs. Play focuses on a legendary 1956 rockabilly summit meeting of Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis at Sun Studios. Cossette’s corporate productions included a series of 20 concerts during the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. He also mounted live dates in Gotham’s Central Park. He produced benefits for the NARAS Foundation and the Recording Academy’s MusiCares charitable arm, the Society of Singers, the House Ear Institute and the Concern Foundation for Cancer Research. Cossette is survived by his wife Rita and two daughters.
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