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A lot will be said in the days and years to come about all the amazing and unforgettable Grammy Moments that Ken Ehrlich has somehow made happen decade after decade live on the Grammy Awards. Likely, a lot of it has already been said by my longtime mentor and lifelong friend Ken himself to Chris Willman in the surrounding pages of this distinguished publication that shares a name with the precise and splendid quality Ken has consistently brought to Music’s Biggest Night for four decades — VARIETY.
As you might imagine, working on the Grammy Awards for Ken over nearly two of those decades, I have enjoyed the tremendous and enduring pleasure of sharing a variety of the moments with Ken and the rest of a team that’s become like a family — occasionally like the Manson Family, but still, a family all the same. Although I had attended many of Ken’s productions both a music fan and as a journalist for Rolling Stone, I first met Ken in April of 1994 at the grand opening of the House of Blues on Sunset while we were both waiting to see Aerosmith — who are, coincidentally, playing on this year’s Grammy show. My wife Fran and I being seated with Ken and his wife Harriett that night would ultimately play a significant part in turning me into the grateful and grizzled TV writing and producing veteran that I am today. For the record, that House of Blues was demolished not long ago, but thankfully we’re all still here livin’ on the edge.
Boss - Toes - Alternative - Backstage - Grammy
So as to avoid stepping directly on the Boss’s toes, here are just a few alternative, notable, scattered backstage Grammy Moments from my times to date toiling in the TV trenches alongside Ken:
1. Standing onstage at the Grammy Awards, and having...
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