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43rd Annual Grammy Awards
43rd Annual Grammy Awards


Written by Steven R. Rochlin
All photos by Steven R. Rochlin
except where noted

 

  Welcome to Enjoy the Music.com™ 43rd Annual Grammy Awards show coverage. This year the Grammy Awards has been filled with joy for many talented musical artists while various activist groups have protested the Grammy nomination of rapper Eminem because of his inflammatory lyrics. There has also been some controversy over the voting procedure and how there may be some whose votes are more commercially motivated rather than an honest vote for the deserving musical artist. And so sets the stage while artists such as Paul Simon, Madonna, Steely Dan, Dolly Pardon, 'N Sync and many others receive Grammy Award nominations.

While we here at Enjoy the Music.com™ have been invited to the Grammy Awards for years, our lack of attendance and coverage stemmed mainly due to timing factors. February is a month reserved for much needed vacation time. Hence, taking a break as we deserved a much needed holiday rather than flying cross country to report on this very important music awards show. This year is different as we have become the place for show coverage all around the world plus the obvious neglect in focusing on the music versus the equipment as seen in many specialty audio magazines. Remember this my friends, without music to enjoy our prized equipment with, our electronics would be nothing more than expensive space heaters.

There has been much buzz about a duet between two artists performing at the show. Namely, Sir Elton John and Eminen. Other performances at the show include well-known artists such as Madonna to longtime pop stars U2 and living legend country singer Dolly Pardon. Those who present awards to others are no less impressive including the likes of Carlos Santana plus Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith. Of course a nomination may help to spur music sales of an artist, though winning an award virtually guarantees increased recognition and sales of their music releases. Music is very diverse and the Grammy Awards aims to promote those who excel in their field.

 

Paul Simon with Michael Greene
Photo credit: Kevin Winter, photographer
Paul Simon with the Recording Academy President/CEO Michael Greene.

A few days before the live Grammy Award ceremony, the Recording Academy awarded Paul Simon their MusiCares 2001 Person of the Year. We here at Enjoy the Music.com™ are supporting members of the MusiCares Foundation who do great work in helping struggling artists through financial care, addition treatment and many other services. Paul Simon received this honor at a special tribute dinner, concert, and silent auction on Monday, February 19th in Los Angeles. While i had the chance to attend this benefit and tribute concert, my workload did not allow me the time to attend.


The Coveted Grammy Award

Of course before you can have the chance to attend the awards you need to have a very selective, special invitation as seen below.

43rd grammy Award Invitation

 

Once you have decided to attend the show and filled out the proper forms you can receive a ticket to the show (seen below).

43rd Grammy Awards Ticket

Many of you wondered where my seat was during the show. While it was initially off to the front row yet far left near the group Steely Dan, an opportunity presented itself to sit only eight rows back with dead center positioning. If you look at the seating chart below, you will see my seat positioning marked by the green box in the Platinum Reserved section.

Staples Center Seating

 

Media Trucks

Of course the media was everywhere! Seen above is just a small handful of the many media trucks with dishes mounted on top of them. While walking down the red carpet one could hear the many media personalities shouting for the attention of the more popular artists.

 

As artists' limos drove up to the show they came through these orange cones and under the large Grammy banner.

 

Of course then it is off for the Red Carpet treatment. Walking down the famous Red Carpet was a weird experience for me. All the press scurrying around for the Next Big Thing while also hounding many known artists. i can see why many artists like to "disappear" from the whole scene once their career has concluded.

 

Press

 

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