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The 50th Annual GRAMMY® Awards on Feb. 10 showcased an amazing collection of musical performances and tributes, as well as utilized the latest in technology, to provide television viewers worldwide with a cutting-edge, high-definition/5.1 surround sound event. The 50th Annual GRAMMY Awards were produced by John Cossette Productions in association with AEG Ehrlich Ventures for The Recording Academy®. Ken Ehrlich and John Cossette were executive producers, Walter C. Miller was producer/director, Tisha Fein was the coordinating producer, David Wild and Ken Ehrlich were the writers and Tzvi Small was supervising producer. Musical directors for the telecast and pre-telecast were Rickey Minor and Larry Batiste, respectively.

The GRAMMY Awards' technical staff consists of audio pioneers who continually strive to employ the latest in HDTV and 5.1 technology to enhance the show. Phil Ramone, Chairman Emeritus of The Recording Academy's Producers & Engineers Wing, and Hank Neuberger, advisory council member of the P&E Wing, again supervised the broadcast audio.

Shown L-R: Music Mixers Eric Schilling and John Harris; Phil Ramone. Second Row L-R: John Cossette of Cossette Productions; Musical Director Rickey Minor; and Maureen Droney, Executive Director of the P&E Wing.

Courtesy of The Recording Academy®
Photograph by Jordan Strauss/Wireimage.com © 2008

Currently, 6,000 professionals comprise the Producers & Engineers Wing, which was established for producers, engineers, remixers, manufacturers, technologists, and other related creative and technical professionals in the recording community. This organized voice for the recording community addresses issues that affect the craft of recorded music, while ensuring its role in the development of new technologies, recording and mastering recommendations, and archiving and preservation initiatives. For more information, please visit www.producersandengineers.com.

Established in 1957, The Recording Academy is an organization of musicians, producers, engineers and recording professionals that is dedicated to improving the cultural condition and quality of life for music and its makers. Internationally known for the GRAMMY Awards — the preeminent peer-recognized award for musical excellence and the most credible brand in music — The Recording Academy is responsible for groundbreaking professional development, cultural enrichment, advocacy, education and human services programs. In its 50th year, The Academy continues to focus on its mission of recognizing musical excellence, advocating for the well-being of music makers and ensuring music remains an indelible part of our culture. For more information about The Academy, please visit www.grammy.com.

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Robert Clyne/Clyne Media, Inc./615.662.1616/robert@clynemedia.com
Lisa Roy/310.463.1563/lisaroyaudio@mac.com
Jennifer Keppel/The Recording Academy/310.392.3777/jenniferk@grammy.com



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