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There are a little more than 24 hours left before the Grammy telecast, and tensions are running a little high. But veteran show producer Ken Ehrlich is as unflappable as ever, even as CBS EVP Jack Sussman complains about a Rolling Stone interview that prolongs the Ariana Grande-Grammy spat for at least one more day.
This is Ehrlich’s 39th Grammy ceremony — his 40th is contractually his last — and he’s keeping his cool even as he oversees a major production number featuring Shawn Mendes and special guest Miley Cyrus (“Call me Hannah Montana,” she jokes when the observers warned to put away their phones). These Saturday afternoon rehearsals at Los Angeles’ Staples Center will be the last until tomorrow’s dress rehearsal before the show, while Ehrlich is also busy prepping a Motown special, which will be taped on Tuesday at the Microsoft Theater across the way at L.A. Live. Will he make it to his 40th Grammy?
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“Don’t ask me to predict my own mortality,” he jokes. “I’m ready for whatever comes.”
Although he’s done talking about Ariana Grande, Ehrlich admits, “I’ve always believed at the end of the day, on Sunday night between 8 and 11:30, if we deliver, the rest goes away. All I can do is put good stuff up there. I’m able to put all the other mishegas out of my mind.”
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If there’s a theme to this year’s ceremony, it’s inclusion, with 13 of the 17 scheduled acts coming from female artists, and one male/female duet (Mendes/Cyrus). Even the nominees in the major categories have been expanded from five to eight, which means there are more people to disappoint. The theme carries over to the performances of Brandi Carlile’s LGBTQ anthem “The Joke” (with the lyrics...
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