David Wild has written for the GRAMMY Awards since 2001. He is a contributing editor toRolling Stone, a blogger for Huffington Post and an Emmy-nominated TV writer. Wild's most recent book, He Is…I Say: How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love Neil Diamond, is now in paperback. He is currently working on a new book with Brad Paisley called Diary Of A Player, to be released later this year. Follow him on Twitter @wildaboutmusic.
FORGET YOU? NEVER.
Hello, I must be going.
As I write, I really should be working on the script for the upcoming 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards — maybe trying to come up with the perfect clean introduction for the great Cee Lo Green, for instance. Instead, here I am grabbing a few stolen moments at the office in order to write to all of you who have taken the time to come and visit us here at GRAMMY.com. Why? Because we love you. And we think that maybe each of you, in your own way, love us a little too. That's because each year right around this time, we all get together as a group and make Music's Biggest Night what it's become — which is very big indeed.
It was almost exactly 10 years ago that I got a last-minute call from GRAMMY Executive Producer Ken Ehrlich, inviting me to work with him and the just-announced host that year — a lovely and talented guy named Jon Stewart — on my very first-ever GRAMMY Awards. As soon as I hung up the phone with Ken, I told my wife that I couldn't wait to see what the GRAMMYs were like behind the scenes. I still feel that sense of excitement every January when I start to have the privilege of being part of the GRAMMY Awards Experience — which is sort of like the Jimi Hendrix Experience, but in this case takes many more people than a power trio.
Having worked on GRAMMY Awards scripts for a decade now, I welcome this chance to share a little of the good, the bad and the ugly that goes into making Music's Biggest Night come to life. Please know that everyone involved with the show thinks often about the GRAMMY audience — both what you expect and what you won't expect, but would love. As a group, we try to please all of you by tapping into our shared love of music.
In an effort to bring us all a little closer together, I hereby cordially invite all of you to send your polite questions about the GRAMMY show and the process that we go through to make it, below. If I don't know the answer, I'll ask Ken, Executive Producer John Cossette, our director Louis J. Horvitz, or anyone else on the team who's still talking to me at that point.
So keep it clean. Keep it fresh. And keep coming back here for more backstage GRAMMY drama and human comedy.
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