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"David Wild Dishes on 20 Years With Grammy Legend Ken Ehrlich" (Prince anecdote)

https://variety.com/2020/...203471739/

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Ken Tales Gone Wild: David Wild Dishes on 20 Years With Grammy Legend Ken Ehrlich

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Wild, the longtime head writer for the Grammys, shares 10 favorite memories of working with Ehrlich, who's celebrating his 40th anniversary producing the show.

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A lot will be said in the days and years to come about all the amazing and unforgettable Grammy Moments that Ken Ehrlich has somehow made happen decade after decade live on the Grammy Awards. Likely, a lot of it has already been said by my longtime mentor and lifelong friend Ken himself to Chris Willman in the surrounding pages of this distinguished publication that shares a name with the precise and splendid quality Ken has consistently brought to Music’s Biggest Night for four decades — VARIETY.

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As you might imagine, working on the Grammy Awards for Ken over nearly two of those decades, I have enjoyed the tremendous and enduring pleasure of sharing a variety of the moments with Ken and the rest of a team that’s become like a family — occasionally like the Manson Family, but still, a family all the same. [...]

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3. Sitting down with Ken and Prince — who previously only knew me as a rock critic — at Center Staging in early 2004 to discuss what would become his triumphant Grammy opening performance with Beyonce. After we finished our fascinating conversation, Prince asked Ken and I if we’d like to get a private concert for two so he could show us his vision for the performance we had just brainstormed. Not being complete idiots, we said yes enthusiastically, and so Prince and his band then treated us to the single greatest show of our lives – and perhaps the only one ever by a truly towering musical genius whom we were both technically taller than.

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