Friday, June 14, 2024

Grammy Dilemma: Who Opens the Show? Taylor Swift or Broadway Hit “Hamilton”?


There are days when you really want to be Ken Ehrlich and days when you think, so glad I’m not him.

Ehrlich, producer of the Grammy Awards, has a dilemma. He’s already announced that the Broadway mega hit “Hamilton,” would open the Grammys at 5pm Pacific, 8pm Eastern, live, on stage in New York, with their big opening number.

What a brilliant idea, right? “Hamilton” is nominated for best live show and it’s going to win the Tony Awards, which are also on CBS this June, so perfect.

Now is reporting that Taylor Swift will open the Grammy broadcast. She’s got a bunch of nominations and is likely to win Album of the Year at least. At least. Aside from Adele, Taylor’s “1989” was the huge success story of 2015.

They can’t both be opening the show unless Taylor is flying to New York and playing Alexander Hamilton’s cousin or something.

So what to do? Who will win this tug of war? After all, “Hamilton” starts at 8. They’re bringing in an invited audience for the evening. Are they going to hang around and not start their show– it’s long, by the way, at almost three hours–until the Grammys are ready? Hamilton and Aaron Burr won’t be dueling until midnight!

Everyone should have these problems! I’m rooting for Ken. Anyway, Taylor should be waited for a little bit, no?

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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