Los Angeles (February 13, 2006)–The annual Grammy Awards may be touted as “Music’s Biggest Night,” but it was a fairly big one for Shure microphones as well.
Sly Stone emerged at this year’s Grammys to perform using a Shure UR2/SM58 wireless system.The brand was on hand in a number of the evening’s performances, including a widely-rumored appearance by the mega-mohawked Sly Stone, as the reclusive performer stepped onstage to perform a medley of “Family Affair,” “If You Want Me To Stay,” “Everyday People” and “Dance To the Music” using a UR2/SM58 wireless system and an SM58 with an oxygen tube from Shure.
The platinum-mohawked Stone additionally joined with the Family Stone and others for a brief jam on “I Want To Take You Higher,” his 1969 hit.
Meanwhile, Paul McCartney made his first appearance ever as a performer at the Grammy Awards, singing his Beatles hit “Helter Skelter”, as well as “Fine Line.” “This is the first time I’ve ever played the Grammys,” Sir Paul said after he brought the house down with a roar of applause. “I finally passed the audition.” McCartney performed using a wireless UR2/SM58.
Jamie Foxx delivered what was probably one of the evening’s most colorful performances, joining a marching band and dance troupe for collegiate-tinged renditions of “Gold Digger” and “Touch the Sky.” Lending added glitter to the moment, Foxx performed with a 64 carat gold and diamond-encrusted Beta 87C from Shure worth $750,000. “If ever there was one, this is certainly a high-end mic,” Tom Krajecki of Shure Artist Relations said of Foxx’s choice for vocal delivery.
Earlier in the evening, U2 ran through “Vertigo,” disappearing at times behind billowing smoke effects. Emerging from the foggy miasma to perform “One,” the group was joined by R&B diva Mary J. Blige, who covered the tune with Bono on her latest album, The Breakthrough. Blige chose a U2/SM58 wireless system, while Bono picked a U2/Beta 58 combination.