David Wild has written for the GRAMMY Awards since 2001. He is a contributing editor to Rolling Stone, a blogger for Huffington Post and an Emmy-nominated TV writer. Wild's books include He Is…I Say: How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love Neil Diamond and Diary Of A Player, with Brad Paisley. Follow him on Twitter @wildaboutmusic.
I've been working on the GRAMMY Awards — Music's Biggest Night — for more than a decade, and yet for me, and for many millions of viewers all around the world, the GRAMMYs never grow old. Indeed, there are times when the show recalls a paraphrase of those lines by Bob Dylan in "My Back Pages" — "the GRAMMYs were so much older then, they're younger than that now." In truth, working with our longstanding — and only occasionally sitting — Executive Producer Ken Ehrlich and our production team along with Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow and his whole winning team as well as our heroic yet still bada** host LL Cool J, I've enjoyed an all-access pass to a new golden era when the GRAMMY Awards has gotten better and better at celebrating our present, honoring our past, and building toward the future.
That may help explain why on Sunday night a groundbreaking group like Daft Punk will on Sunday night make their second TV appearance ever on the same show that they made their first — the GRAMMY Awards. This year, for instance, I am tremendously excited to see everyone from a 17-year-old from New Zealand named Lorde to two guys from Liverpool named Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr who helped redefine the very concept of a teenager way back in the '60s.
With all the changes and challenges in the music business today, I remain thoroughly convinced that our passion for music and our need for the inspiration, the solace and the pure creative joy it provides are stronger than ever.
This year has been especially thrilling — and unusually exhausting — since for the first time we’re shooting a second GRAMMY TV event this coming Monday — "The Night That Changed America: A GRAMMY Salute To The Beatles." This celebration of all that the Beatles mean to us yesterday and today airs Feb. 9 — 50 years to the day and hour of the Fab Four's historic first appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show," and on the same network — CBS.
I sincerely hope you will all watch and love both shows just as much as we love working on them. All kidding aside, it is a true honor to work on shows that honor great music and the men and women who make it. All that said, here are 10 reasons to watch the GRAMMY Awards Sunday night. As always, please add your reasons or favorite past GRAMMY Moments below.
1) We have two — count 'em two — Beatles performing on the GRAMMY stage. We hope this fabulously thrilling turn of events will make viewers forgive the fact that we don't have Freddie & The Dreamers or any of Herman's Hermits.
2) It's technically possible that a really cool and wildly talented superstar power couple could surprise us and join the GRAMMY festivities — and that neither one of them will be a Kardashian.
3) In terms of other world leaders, we're keeping things classy: President Vladimir Putin likely won't be there, but her majesty Queen Latifah probably will.
4) As far as the world's great spiritual leaders, Lorde herself will walk with us on Sunday. Lorde has a really cool voice — and from what I hear, she moves in mysterious ways.
5) As far as we know, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie would never threaten to close down any of the roads to Staples Center.
6) We have some very bright musicians performing on the bill this year. For example, Taylor is Swift. Robin is not at all Thicke. And Keith is actually rather Urbane.
7) Recent research proves televisions give off a considerable amount of heat, and for many of you on the East Coast, that will be a good thing because, to quote a great song, "Baby, It's Cold Outside."
8) How about Carole King with Sara Bareilles? Metallica with classical piano great Lang Lang? Highwaymen Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson with Merle Haggard and Blake Shelton? Robin Thicke with Chicago? Kendrick Lamar with Imagine Dragons? Also Queens Of The Stone Age rocking the GRAMMYs with Nine Inch Nails, Lindsey Buckingham and Dave Grohl?
9) You want more? Okay, how about Katy Perry singing a smash at the top of the charts? Hunter Hayes with a great new song you have to hear, and the amazing Pink creating another great GRAMMY Moment for the ages. Also, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and some amazing guests will come together for a performance that I guarantee you everyone will be talking about on Monday morning.
10) Because despite somehow getting to No. 10 on this list, when it comes to the GRAMMY Awards, you really have to see it all, hear it all and tweet it all for yourself.
See you Sunday night.