Grammys 2016: 5 things to look for
The Grammys always like to spring surprises on viewers. But Ken Ehrlich, the show’s longtime executive producer who created show-stopping moments like Prince and Beyonce in 2003 and Melissa Etheridge and Joss Stone in 2005, agreed to share a few tidbits about the 58th Annual Grammy Awards on Feb. 15.
Rihanna may or may not perform her latest single, ‘Work’
“There was a time when we would not have done that, artists doing songs that are not nominated. But we now feel that we need to stay with the times,” Ehrlich says. “There is certain news value to having an artist do something that’s never been seen anywhere. You know, if I don’t do Rihanna’s new song, it’ll be done 43 times before it comes up in the cue again next year. So, I’m open to things like that. This year there are a couple things that we are going do that do fit that mold.”
Straight Outta Compton will represent
“It would be misleading to tell you that we’re doing something musical,” says Ehrlich. “But we’re talking about having that movie represented in one way or another on the show. I’m waiting for confirmation from a couple of actors to be presenters, which allows an opportunity to talk about it.”
Sorry, no Guns N’ Roses reunion
“I actually called about them and had one conversation with the new manager, but it never went anywhere,” says Ehrlich.
Electric dance music will get its due
“We don’t ever really do well with EDM. It doesn’t work on television,” Ehrlich says. “But it’s become a huge factor in the world of music. We’re going do it in a way that people again have never seen. The insurance is Justin Bieber.”
A Kanye West performance? Outlook hazy
“We’re talking. That’s all I can say,” Ehrlich admits. “We’ve probably had as much to do with his success as anybody. He broke through because he came on our stage and did ‘Jesus Walks.’ And then the next year he did the thing with Jamie Foxx. I think he’s really an interesting artist. He’s difficult now. That’s just hard for me.”
The 58th Annual Grammy Awards will be held Monday, Feb. 15, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The telecast begins at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.
Want to hear more from Ehrlich? Listen to a special edition of Inside TV on EW Radio at 6 p.m. ET on Thursday, and check out a preview below. More Grammy coverage can also be found in the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly, on stands Friday.