Wild At The GRAMMYs
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 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.
IN THE PINK.
You people are all wet — and I mean that in the nicest possible way.
Last week, I asked for your questions about the GRAMMYs right here, and a bunch of you wanted to know all about Pink's drippingly good, high-flying performance of "Glitter In The Air" on last year's show. No, sunshinesally, Pink was definitely NOT lip-synching, and if you want to learn how to sing upside down, you're probably going to have to go through the extensive training that Pink did. And yes, Holly Mackerel, she really was singing live, wet and suspended in the air.
Executive Producer Ken Ehrlich just reminded me that he had been totally blown away by Pink's remarkable high-wire performance of the song when he went to check out her wildly ambitious and entertaining circus-themed Funhouse tour, and so smartly decided to bring some of those same thrills and chills to the GRAMMY show. As Ken told me, "Alecia (of course, Ken's on a real first-name basis with Pink) is a really remarkable artist and entertainer, and her talent and hard work made that moment what it was, and so now that's become one of those GRAMMY moments that people are still talking about a year later. We all live for those moments."
Executive Producer John Cossette remembers being a little concerned when he first heard that Pink would be flying directly over the heads of our GRAMMY audience — hey we're not a "Spider-Man" musical here — but notes that the moment was magical, thanks in part to director Louis J. Horvitz "shooting the hell out of it." For his part, Louis J. told me that he too was so impressed with Pink's strength as a performer and her professionalism.
As for how great the performance looked, "Pink deserves most of the credit," says Louis J. "From my point of view directing the number, the real trick was to establish the sense of perspective and the relationship between where Pink was up in the rafters and the amazed audience down below. She was probably the most impressive performer I've worked with in a very long time."
Tune in next week right here when I dry off my flopsweat and answer another one of your big GRAMMY questions — and then give you my big behind-the-scenes GRAMMY preview right before Music's Biggest Night next Sunday.
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