Ken Ehrlich on 40 Years of Grammys: ‘When They Weren’t Calling Me A–hole, They Called Me the Energizer Bunny’

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Ken Ehrlich on 40 Years of Grammys: ‘When They Weren’t Calling Me A–hole, They Called Me the Energizer Bunny’
To shake Ken Ehrlich’s hand is to know that you are no more than two degrees of separation from just about any living pop, rock, R&b, country, hip-hop or gospel musician of note — and more than a few who are no longer with us. They, or at least someone close to them, have all passed across his stages and telecasts since the 1970s, when he started his TV career as a producer for “Soundstage” and “Midnight Special,” before making the fateful leap in 1980 to become executive producer of the Grammy Awards, a position he’s held for 39 of the past 40 years. He’s not retiring from television, but on Jan. 26, he’s helming his last “music’s biggest night” — an evening that’s going to seem smaller without popular music’s greatest Rolodex, and one of its greatest raconteurs, guiding the ship.

To commemorate his 40th anniversary as captain,
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