Grammy pro­ducer apol­o­gizes for gl­itches

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LOS AN­GE­LES

The long­time pro­ducer of the Grammy Awards is of­fer­ing apolo­gies to Me­tal­lica and Shirley Cae­sar after a tech­ni­cal glitch and a mis­print marred their in­clu­sion on the show.

The mic for Me­tal­lica’s James Het­field wasn’t ini­tially work­ing when the band took the stage to per­form with Lady Gaga, and Cae­sar, a life­time achieve­ment award hon­oree, was misiden­ti­fied dur­ing the tele­vised cer­e­mony when a photo of an­other gospel star, CeCe Wi­nans, was shown in­stead of her dur­ing a mon­tage clip.

“These kinds of things are hor­ri­ble when they hap­pen,” Ken Ehrlich said in an in­ter­view with The As­so­ci­ated Press on Wed­nes­day. “That’s one of the risks of live tele­vi­sion.”

The Me­tal­lica glitch, for which the band has blamed a dead mi­cro­phone, re­sulted in Het­field mak­ing a de­ci­sion to im­pro­vise and use Lady Gaga’s mic.

Ehrlich has heard a dif­fer­ent story from his crew about the prob­lem.

“My guys say that the mic cable was con­nected,” he said. “My guys’ the­ory was that ... one of the ex­tras (on stage) ac­ci­den­tally kicked out the cable that went to the mic.”

Still, the end re­sult was Het­field's sing­ing couldn’t be heard for the first part of the per­for­mance.

“Ob­vi­ously, we apol­o­gize to the band,” Ehrlich said, call­ing the mishap “aw­ful.”

He added that he’s worked with Me­tal­lica for years, so to see that hap­pen was per­son­ally up­set­ting to him: “You hurt.”

In the case of Cae­sar, the gospel leg­end, Ehrlich had a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of what hap­pened. When pre­par­ing for a clip to run of her for the show, footage of a clas­sic Cae­sar, Wi­nans and Whit­ney Hous­ton per­for­mance was used, and Wi­nans was mis­tak­enly shown.

Ehrlich said he usu­ally checks such footage but didn’t get a chance to this year, since he was busy with the show and the Record­ing Academy’s trib­ute to the Bee Gees, which taped in Los An­ge­les on Tues­day and will air at a later date.

“We ob­vi­ously want to apol­o­gize to Shirley Cae­sar,” he said. “It’s un­for­tu­nate that hap­pened.”

Caeser re­leased a state­ment Wed­nes­day thank­ing Ehrlich for the apol­ogy and added, “these things hap­pen some­times.”

Ehrlich was also frus­trated that the mis­takes have over­shad­owed some of the great per­for­mances that oc­curred on the show, in­clud­ing Beyonce, Bruno Mars and Adele, who had her own hic­cup when she restarted her trib­ute to Ge­orge Michael.

“When you do a three-and-a-half hour live show, it’s fraught with dan­ger,” he said. “It was an ad­ven­tur­ous show in many ways.”

Ehrlich has pro­duced the Gram­mys for years and has also pro­duced other events, in­clud­ing the Emmy Awards.

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