Producer Ken Ehrlich’s team has been learning their moves for the Grammys for a long time, but each show is a new challenge. Here are some of the key people behind the scenes making the show go.
Once Grammy noms are announced, Ken Ehrlich and his team look for the most interesting collaborations that can highlight the nominated songs, hoping those “Grammy Moments.”
David Wild, the longtime music journalist is a walking factchecker.
LL Cool J, the veteran music performer brings cred to his role.
BOOK THE TALENT
Artist outreach stays in flux until the last minute — rock stars are known to have schedule changes. Chantel Sausedo, Ehrlich’s longtime talent producer, contacts the performers’ reps and arranges accommodations. Travel/ground manager Khristine Gomez handles about 250 cars for the show.
SET THE STAGE
Crew works closely with director Louis J. Horvitz and associate director Christine Clark Bradley. Production designer Brian J. Stonestreet meets with producers and acts to develop looks for each number.
Lighting designer Bob Dickinson works with the design team. Audio mixer Tom Holmes oversees a massive team of mixers. Audio coordinator Michael Abbott works with the bands and producer Ron Basile to arrange the list of audio inputs for each act. Each act is allowed up to 100 inputs.
RUN THE SHOW
Credentials/parking manager Margot Carlson arranges around 1500 staff/crew passes, 1000 talent and guest passes. Talent flow/escort manager Ted Absher makes sure every performer has a contact person who can bring talent to the stage immediately when needed. Talent seating coordinator Joann Tominaga’s team arranges seating so a camera can be put on nominees and performers can easily get backstage on schedule.
LIGHT UP THE SCREEN
The LED screen behind the artists can be a show in itself. Producer Ron Basile pulls the pieces together. Creative consultant/screens designer Raj Kapoor works with artists and their teams to create a look. Editor Booey Kober and his team put together all the screen packages — including the In Memoriam — and must build a short, medium and long version of each in case performances run over or under. Technical manager John Pritchett is in charge of all tech specs for the show, including satellite, power and generators.