Winston’s Grammy gig was his ‘biggest yet’
FOR LONDONER Ben Winston, being asked to serve as a co-producer of the 2017 Grammy Award show was “the biggest thing I’ve ever been involved in.
“Just think, I had the best seat in the house during rehearsals for 23 musical performances by some of the greatest talent in the world,” he told the JC.
Mr Winston, 35, is the executive producer of the Late Late Show with James Corden on CBS.
When Mr Corden was asked by Grammy executives to join the award show, they also asked Mr Winston to come aboard as co-producer.
His fellow co-producers and writers were Ben Ehrlich and David Wild, “so we had three Jewish boys right there”, Mr Winston said.
Being Jewish in the Hollywood entertainment industry is somewhat taken for granted, although being an observant Orthodox
Jew — as is Mr Winston — is rather less common.
However, h e is adjusting well and recently joined the Westwood Village Synagogue in Los Angeles, led by Rabbi Abner Weiss, formerly senior rabbi of the Western Marble Arch Synagogue in London.
Mr Winston, the son of acclaimed scientist Lord Winston, expects to be involved in the Grammy Award shows for the next few years, but said that he will eventually return to London and settle among his family and friends. Meanwhile, Aubrey Drake Graham, better known as Drake, picked up two Grammy awards for his song Hotline Bling. The world-famous Jewish rapper, who is on tour in the UK, was recognised for Best Rap/Sung Performance and Best Rap Song.
“Best seat in house” — Ben Winston