More Highlights from 60th Annual Grammy Awards Ceremony

by FOH Staff
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The 2018 Grammys returned to Madison Square Garden in NYC after being staged in Los Angeles since 2004. Photo courtesy Sennheiser
The 2018 Grammys returned to Madison Square Garden in NYC after being staged in Los Angeles since 2004. Photo courtesy Sennheiser

NEW YORK - The 60th Annual Grammy Awards, broadcast live on CBS on Jan. 28, 2018, moved from Staples Center in Los Angeles, where it was held since 2004, back to Madison Square Garden in New York City, where it was last staged in 2003. Along with the change in venue, there was a change in month - from February to January - so that the televised live show would not compete with the 2018 Olympics.

Elton John performs at 60th Annual Grammy Awards using Audio-Technica’s AE6100 Hypercardioid dynamic handheld microphone. Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for The Recording Academy

Despite a significant decline in viewership (24 percent, according to reports), the Grammys still rank as one of network TV’s biggest live events, and the 2018 show was seen by close to 20 million viewers, on average, across its 3.5-hour span.

The dual-stage event, hosted by CBS’ Late Late Show’s James Corden, showcased an impressive collection of musical performances and tributes, with the crew led by audio coordinator Michael Abbott using the latest audio gear.

From left, crew members included Ed Cherney, Ron Reaves, Carl Whitaker, Mikael Stewart, Glenn Lorbecki, Russ Long, Leslie Ann Jones and Eric Schilling. Photo by Kevin Winter/WireImage courtesy The Recording Academy.

Other crew members, pictured here, included Ed Cherney, Ron Reaves, Carl Whitaker, Mikael Stewart, Glenn Lorbecki, Russ Long, Leslie Ann Jones and Eric Schilling. Firehouse Productions supplied the audio, RF and communications gear, while Music Mix Mobile brought two recording trucks for the high definition/5.1 surround sound event.

Long dubbed “Music’s Biggest Night,” the 2018 ceremony was noted as an especially big night for Bruno Mars, who won all six of the awards he was nominated for, including Album of the Year and Record of the year for 24K Magic, plus Song of the Year for “That’s What I Like.”

Recording artist Bono of musical group U2 performs onstage with Shure Axient Digital Wireless during the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Madison Square Garden on January 28, 2018 in New York City. Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic courtesy Shure

Other notable moments included support (as with the Golden Globes on Jan. 7) for the #MeToo movement against sexual harassment, with both the spoken word (Janelle Monáe) and song (Kesha, singing “Praying,” with support from Cyndi Lauper, Camila Cabello, Julia Michaels and Andra Day, plus the group known as the Resistance Revival Chorus). Shure noted that Kesha used her usual Shure UHF-R handheld wireless mic, joined by the others who were heard via Axient Digital systems with classic SM58 mics.

Immigration also took a high profile, with the taped performance that U2 had made, two days prior, on a barge with the Statue of Liberty as a backdrop, singing “Get Out of Your Own Way,” and Logic welcoming immigrants with the conviction that, “together, we can build not just a better country, but a world that is destined to be united.”

Shure noted that RF coordinator Vinny Siniscal used Shure Axient Digital as the default wireless microphones for artists on stage, with 24 channels of Shure PSM 1000 in use for performers on both stages. Shure also noted that Mars used an Axient Digital handheld mic for his vocals, as did Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee for “Despacito.”

Recording artists Childish Gambino (L) and JD McCrary perform onstage with Shure Axient Digital Wireless during the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Madison Square Garden on January 28, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for The Recording Academy, courtesy Shure

Shure added that other performers heard via its Axient Digital included Bono, Little Big Town, Childish Gambino, Logic, Shaggy, DJ Khaled, Patti Lupone, Ben Platt, Khalid, Dave Chappelle, Alessia Cara and SZA.

Sennheiser, meanwhile, noted that the 2018 Grammy broadcast performers used 20 channels of its digital wireless technology and four channels of its analog wireless technology and that, joined by Cardi B, Mars sang “Finesse” using an SKM 9000 and MD 9235 transmitter and capsule combination.

Kendrick Lamar, another big winner who took home Grammys for Best Rap Performance (“Humble”), Best Rap/Sung Performance (“Loyalty,” with Rihanna), Best Music Video (“Humble”) and Best Rap Album (Damn), opened the show with his song, “XXX,” using a Sennheiser Digital 6000 wireless system with an SKM 9000 transmitter and MD 9235 capsule.

Lady Gaga also performed, with “Joanne” and “Million Reasons” heard via a Sennheiser 3000/5000 series wireless system with SKM 5200 transmitter and MD 5235 capsule. And Miley Cyrus used a Digital 9000 wireless system with SKM 9000 and MD 9235 for her duet with Elton John on his classic hit “Tiny Dancer,” with Elton using Audio-Technica’s AE6100 Hypercardioid Dynamic Handheld Microphone for his lead vocal.

P!NK sang “Wild Hearts Can’t Be Broken” utilizing her Digital 6000 wireless system with an SKM 9000 and MD 9235 transmitter and capsule combination, and Sam Smith used the same configuration for his performance of the ballad “Pray.” Host James Corden used Sennheiser wireless too, employing the Digital 9000 wireless system with an SKM 9000 transmitter and a Neumann KK 204 capsule.

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