Behind the audio intricacies of the 65th Annual Grammy Awards

The Grammy Awards has weathered its fair share of controversies over the years. Everything from bias challenges in the institution and its own #MeToo moments have put it in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons, yet despite this, it still all culminates once a year in a bombastic evening of music television that keeps people talking for the following 12 months.

In the house, though – specifically, downtown Los Angeles’ Arena – the week before the awards show was to air on 5 February, there’s no such controversy. A remarkably consistent crew of pro-audio veterans has been helming the Grammy Awards’ technical tiller, some of them for well over 20 or even 30 years. Like the seasoned crew of a sturdy ship, they are more likely to change places than change faces. For instance, the production added a second FOH engineer this year, but that person had previously been one of the show’s regular monitor engineers. 

Words: Dan Daley

Photos: Dan Daley