2/13/2012 11:25 AM
The televised Grammy Awards show obviously caters to the expected entertainment values of a diverse world audience, and focuses on dazzling TV viewers with an array of performances. But you might be surprised to learn that the majority of the awards are actually handed out earlier that afternoon, in the pre-telecast ceremony. To put it in perspective: On the television broadcast, viewers saw 10 of the 78 awards handed out this year. The pre-telecast ceremony grows larger each year, with more than a thousand artists, engineers and producers in attendance—whether they are nominees or not.
The 68 categories awarded pre-broadcast in this year’s event ranged from Compilation Soundtrack to Producer Of The Year, but also included awards for diverse musical categories from Best Rap Album to Best Gospel Song, Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance and much more. (Find the complete list of nominees and winners HERE.)
Artists ranging from Skrillex to the Foo Fighters and the Civil Wars received awards from presenters OK GO, Jimmy Jam, Arturo O’Farrill, Corinne Bailey Rae, and Esperanza Spalding. Hosts Dave Koz and MC Lyte were staged with the incredibly talented Larry Bastiste Orchestra, with Dave Koz as special guest member. It was certainly a star-studded event, and you can see how charming and enthusiastic Skrillex was while accepting one of his two wins HERE.
Performers included Steve Earle, Ladies of Gospel, Rebirth Jazz Band and a stunning aria from Joyce DiDonato that brought down the house, and was validated later in the show by her win for Best Classical Vocal Solo.
There’s lots of video of the event at www.grammy.com, such as clips of the Foo Fighters accepting awards onstage and much more, including touching moments with Tony Bennett on stage with Amy Winehouse’s parents accepting for their win from the Duets II album. Now that you’ve seen the big broadcast, go deeper and check out the Pre-Telecast event coverage online, and see just how diverse and extensive the Grammys really are.