For those of you watching from the comfort of your living rooms this coming Sunday evening, the 56th Annual Grammy Awards is a one night only event. I’ve been here since Tuesday, and I can tell you that there’s a lot that goes into making your Sunday evening entertainment… and preparations are still being made as we speak. Honestly, rehearsals and last minute changes will continue until the very moment before the show airs live.
Again, everything is in a familiar place as you walk around the Staples Center, and the faces you see haven’t changed much either. It’s an amazing crew and I don’t know how they keep it all together some days without just dropping whatever they’re doing and heading for the door. There’s already so much that goes into a single band’s stage set up, but now this army of ladies and gentlemen are asked to do this twenty times, as no band’s set up is the same. Aside from the simple “band on stage” scenario, this is TV, so it has to be visually stunning as well. Add in some lighting, props, maybe some pyro… ah yes, there’s that headache that disappeared earlier. Again, I still marvel at how this army knows where to plug in what and when. Hats off to the crew behind the scenes, without them, your Sunday night programming would be a hot mess!
With all of this behind the scenes prep, rehearsals are a high priority for the days ahead. Filling the rafters of the Staples Center yesterday were Shure endorsers Sara Bareilles, Kacey Musgraves, Hunter Hayes, Imagine Dragons and Shure users Lorde and John Legend. Lots of Shure mics on the stage and may I say, everyone sounded incredible in the very capable hands of FOH engineer Ron Reaves. You fans watching from home are in for a powerful, diverse show this year… that’s all I can share for now. Stay tuned for more as we head into day two of rehearsals.