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CBS, The Recording Academy and Aeg Ehrlich Ventures are celebrating the late Frank Sinatra’s 100th birthday with an entertainment special.
The event, called “Sinatra 100 – An All-Star Grammy Concert,” will include performances from Tony Bennett, Garth Brooks, Alicia Keys, John Legend, Adam Levine, Carrie Underwood and Usher. The special will also include tribute performances of Sinatra classics and rare archival footage narrated by the man himself.
“The name Frank Sinatra is synonymous with excellence that is timeless. As a performer, he possessed undeniable charisma and masterful artistry that resonate throughout generations,” said Jack Sussman, Evp of Specials, Music and Live Events, CBS Entertainment. “To have the opportunity to celebrate the life and art of The Chairman of the Board on his 100th birthday, and witness the lasting effects his music has had on artists today with a star-studded Grammy concert, is a true honor.”
“Frank Sinatra is a voice for all generations. »
- Jacob Bryant
Rome – Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences president Cheryl Boone Isaacs will be feted by Italy’s Ischia Global Film and Music Fest with its “Ischia Art Award” in recognition of the Academy’s longstanding commitment to the advancement and preservation of motion pictures.
Isaacs (pictured), the first African American and only the third woman to hold the position of Academy prexy, will attend the Ischia Social Cinema Forum on human rights, chaired by Trudie Styler, producer and founder of the Rainforest Foundation, during the 13th Edition of the informal fest to be held July 11-19 on the Italian island off the coast of Naples.
She will receive the award on July 18.
The Ischia Social Cinema Forum will also include prominent personalities active in charities such as Kerry Kennedy (Robert Kennedy Foundation); Oscar-winning director Paul Haggis, with his association Artists for Peace and Justice supported by David Belle (Cine’ Institute of Jacmel, »
- Nick Vivarelli
According to the Recording Industry Association of America, music piracy is the main reason that industry revenue has been cut in half since 1999, and the stars are fed up.
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"The whole music business has suffered because of piracy," John Legend told Et.
Last year, Taylor Swift was visibly uncomfortable when a British interviewer asked for an advance copy of her album, 1989. The pop star denied the request, saying, "It's not out yet. I don't even want to talk about it. I don't trust technology. I don't want to talk about leaks. It freaks me out. I'll have a meltdown on your show."
And it seems no one has been able to avoid the effects of piracy. Unfinished songs from Madonna's upcoming album, Rebel Heart, were stolen before she was ready for anyone to hear them.
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"I was very upset about having my record »
If the Internet's worst fears come true, Iggy Azalea will be called to the Grammy stage today to accept the award for Best Rap Album, after which the ground will open and Satan's armies will come charging out to fight the Battle of Armageddon. (Update: Disaster averted!) We canvassed the pre-Grammy parties this weekend and asked people like CeeLo Green, Beck, Charli Xcx, Estelle, Ashanti, Allen Stone, Ciara, Recording Academy president Neil Portnow, Sony/Atv CEO Martin Bandier, Rosie O'Donnell, Paul Williams, Jess Glynne, Jordin Sparks, and Kenny G for their thoughts on the matter.Kenny G (at Clive Davis's pre-Grammy party) What do you think about the controversy over Iggy Azalea being nominated for Best Rap Album?I don’t know her. She’s up for Best New Artist, Best Rap Album.No, I don’t listen to that crap. I listen to jazz. There’s plenty of jazz masters to listen to, »
- Diane Gordon,Kara Warner,Kurt Orzeck,Caroline Ryder,Ericka Goodman
Exec-producing the Grammys requires a complex collaboration of diverse minds. Let’s run down some of the key players.
There’s Ken Ehrlich, the experienced field general able to marshal all kinds of disparate forces. In addition, there’s Ken Ehrlich, the passionate musicologist with an encyclopedic memory and the Rolodex that won’t quit. Also joining the braintrust is idea man Ken Ehrlich, who has never found a box so big that he couldn’t think outside of it. And we shouldn’t forget the nurturing performance coach who is able to bring the absolute best out of musicians of all stripes. That person’s name? Answer soon … It’s Ken Ehrlich.
Ehrlich, by the way, would be the first to celebrate all the other people besides himselves that have elevated the annual Grammycast into a cultural touchstone.
But those colleagues marvel at the many different roles played by Ehrlich, »
- Jon Weisman
Ken Ehrlich can claim a monumental legacy in the music world through the hundreds of shows he’s produced. This year will mark his 35th Grammy broadcast. He’s also the producer behind the “In Concert at the White House Series,” dozens of specials on artists like Michael Jackson and Celine Dion, and additional awards shows including the Emmys.
“He’s forgotten more about music than I’ve ever known,” says David Wild, the longtime writer of all of Ehrlich’s shows. “He’s passionate about getting everything right. He won’t stop until what he’s working on has become something amazing.”
Ehrlich keeps his core team small and prefers to work out of a house rather than corporate offices. Most on the team have been with him at least a decade. “Ken is a great coach and very sensitive to people,” says director Louis J. Horvitz, who works »
- Karen Idelson
Live television is a high-wire act in the best of times. But on a Grammy telecast, with its mercurial slate of divas and rock stars, even the best-laid plans often go awry.
When that happens, and the show threatens to go off the rails, it’s up to producer Ken Ehrlich to improvise and avert disaster — whether it’s the day before, or the show is already under way.
In 2009, production toppers received word the morning of the show, during dress rehearsal, that Rihanna would not be performing as scheduled. A few acts later in the show order, Chris Brown missed his rehearsal slot. They later learned he was preparing to turn himself in to the police ahead of felony criminal threat charges. With three hours to air, Ehrlich had a 10-minute hole in the show.
“You can’t panic in a situation like that, because once you do, you’ve lost your way, »
- Lisa Schulz
Looks like CBS just stole some potential NBC thunder: The pairings for the 57th Annual Grammy Awards musical collaborations — A.K.A. the “Grammy Moments — will be headlined by a first-ever collaboration between “The Voice” judges Adam Levine and Gwen Stefani.
- Tony Maglio
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