A live national TV broadcast can inspire a lot of emotion from cast and crew: excitement, pride and panic. In the few minutes before the Grammy Awards broadcast began Monday night, fans in the audience witnessed some of the moving parts within the mind of longtime executive producer Ken Ehrlich, as he opened the show with his traditional greeting to the live audience. "I'm out here for a couple of moments. I have a couple of things to tell you," he explained as audience members slowly moved to their seats, blocking aisles near the main stage. He thanked the writers and crew behind the scenes, the talent and presenters, but kept an eye on the aisles. "We need everyone sitting down. Anybody listening? Please sit down. This aisle needs to be clear in two minutes!"
As the countdown clock visibly inched closer to the 5 p.m. West Coast showtime, he took comfort in the presence of his veteran TV crew, and wanted to share credit for the night. "I want to introduce you to our director, Lou," Ehrlich said, but he heard only silence in response. "Lou, are you there? Don't scare me, Lou."