Veteran music and television producer Ken Ehrlich and his production company AEG Ehrlich Ventures will continue to produce the Grammy Awards through 2017. This is Ehrlich’s 35th year as a producer of Music’s Biggest Night®. The upcoming 57th Annual Grammy Awards will take place at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015, and will be broadcast on CBS at 8 p.m. ET/PT.
Ehrlich’s association with the Grammys began in 1980 with the 22nd annual show, when then-executive producer Pierre Cossette asked Ehrlich to produce the show. Since that time, ratings have continued to be among the highest in the live event spectrum with this year’s 56th Grammy Awards garnering more than 30 million viewers—the second-largest audience for the awards broadcast since 1993. The annual Grammy Awards telecast has won 22 Emmys.
From his earliest days in television as the producer/creator of the award-winning public television series Soundstage, Ehrlich went on to work on the Emmy Awards, MTV Movie Awards, VH1 Divas, Fashion Rocks, numerous superstar television specials and Celine Dion’s Las Vegas residency. He will produce A Very GRAMMY Christmas which airs Friday, Dec. 5, on CBS from 9 – 10 p.m. ET/PT.
“Ken’s vast knowledge and genuine love of music, as well as his expertise and vision, have made him an outstanding producer—and ultimately the executive producer—of the Grammy Awards for 35 years now,” said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy. “As one of the key architects of our signature ‘Grammy Moments,’ he continues to elevate the content, quality, and production value of our annual telecast. We couldn’t be more pleased to continue our long-standing partnership and, more importantly, I am proud to call him my good friend.”
For the Grammy Moments, Ehrlich has coordinated pairings including Eminem and Elton John; Prince and Beyoncé; Jay Z, Paul McCartney and Linkin Park; and Merle Haggard, Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, and Blake Shelton.
“I consider it an honor to have been associated with the Grammy Awards and CBS for so many years, and to be able to continue this relationship over the next three years,” said Ehrlich. “I am proud of the standard of excellence that the Grammys have maintained over the years, and particularly proud of the audience successes and critical acclaim the show has garnered in the years since Neil Portnow, [and CBS leaders] Leslie Moonves, Nina Tassler, Jack Sussman and I have become partners in presenting Music’s Biggest Night.”