Grammy pro­ducer apol­o­gizes for Me­tal­lica, Cae­sar glitches

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AN­GE­LES (AP) -- 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."

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