Tuesday, June 25, 2024

Prince Will Get A Blockbuster Grammys TV Special with Sheila E, The Time, Alicia Keys, Gary Clark Jr., and of course, John Legend


Ken Ehrlich’s looming exit from producing the Grammy Awards doesn’t mean he will retire. Just to show that he can juggle everything (I mean this in a good way), Ehrlich will produce a a music special tribute to Prince two days after the Grammys. The show will air later in the year on CBS. It’s called “Let’s Go Crazy,” and we will.

Ehrlich’s line up includes Sheila E., Morris Day and the Time, and the Revolution, but there’s no mention yet of Chaka Khan, who should be there to sing “I Feel for You.” Also MIA is Sinead O’Connor, whose cover of “Nothing Compares 2 U” was the biggest Prince hit sung by another singer ever.

But there are plenty of stars like Susanna Hoffs of the Bangles (“Manic Monday”), as well as John Legend– who must appear in every music special, it’s now legislated– as well as Alicia Keys (“How Come U Don’t Call Me Anymore”), Beck, Common, Gary Clark Jr., Earth, Wind & Fire, Foo Fighters, H.E.R., Juanes, Coldplay’s Chris Martin, Mavis Staples, St. Vincent, and Usher.

Whew! It’s going to be a good night.

Ehrlich and the Grammys started these specials with the Beatles, and went on to salute Aretha Franklin last year, plus Stevie Wonder, the Bee Gees, and others.

Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis are the music producers of the show along with Sheila E. Ron Basile and Chantel Sausedo are producers and David Wild is the writer/producer.

“Prince. The Purple One. His Royal Badness — regardless of how you identify him, he is indisputably one of the greatest musical virtuosos of all time,” said Deborah Dugan, President/CEO of the Recording Academy. “With his subversive attitude and commanding nature, he straddled musical genres and created electrifying music that was bursting with character. He continues to serve as an inspirational icon for artists and fans worldwide, and we are so honored to pay tribute to his legacy at this year’s post-GRAMMYs special.”

Roger Friedman
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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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