Grammy Producer Apologizes To Trent Reznor
Posted by Joseph Lee on 01.29.2014
Reznor and others were cut off at the end of the show...
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Grammys executive producer Ken Ehrlich apologized to Trent Reznor for the way he was treated at the event. Nine Inch Nails, Queens of the Stone Age and Lindsey Buckingham of Fleetwood Mac closed the show Sunday night, but were interrupted by commercials and cut off with the end of the show before their performance was over. Here are highlights:
On how he feels about the ratings: "We live and die by the ratings, but I do the shows because for me, it's always been about the creative, what we do. I make a show for people to like, but you can't predict these things. I was thrilled. Last four or five years, we've been on a roll."
On the idea of marrying 33 couples during Macklemore's performance: "That was from my daughter, who's gay. She had read somewhere that there had been wedding proposals made during their shows because of that song. I first met with them last September over lunch to see what kind of people they were, and blurted out if they'd be willing to preside over actual marriages, and agree not to perform the song on TV anyplace else until the show, because I wanted to save it for us. They loved the idea, so I had it vetted by the Recording Academy and CBS, and there were no objections. It had to be both tasteful and "fair and balanced." We wanted to make sure the artist felt their creative expression was respected. We booked an outside agency with experience in reality shows to find the actual couples who wanted to be married on live television. Then we got Queen Latifah sworn in as a deputy commissioner, which allowed her to legally perform civil ceremonies."
On Trent Reznor being upset: "I'm sorry he was upset. I was really thrilled that we were finally getting him on the Grammys. The final jam started with Arcade Fire a few years ago, and LL Cool J last year. I want to end on a high, an up note. I did tell them we'd take it as long as we could. The number was about five, six minutes long, and we got to within a minute twenty of the end. We got as close as we could possibly get. "