Los Angeles, CA (February 20, 2007)–There were no sirens or flashing lights, but the return of The Police to the stage at the 49th Annual Grammy Award Show, following a 21-year layoff, may have been “arresting” to some. Sting and Andy Summers both used Sennheiser e865s in the Police’s Grammy performance, while Stewart Copeland used the new Sennheiser HSP4-EW headset. PHOTO CREDIT: GETTY IMAGESJust seconds into the telecast, Sting shouted into his Sennheiser e865 vocal mic, “Ladies and gentlemen, we are The Police, and we’re back,” and the band launched into “Roxanne.” Stewart Copeland was on the HSP4-EW headset and an SK500G2 bodypack. Andy Summers was on an e865 as well.
The Police were just the first of a succession of artists on the Grammy telecast using Sennheiser wired and wireless microphones, many of them also making use of Sennheiser RF personal monitor systems. Beyoncé, Gnarls Barkley’s Cee-Lo Green, Shakira, Rascal Flatts and a host of presenters and award winners benefited from the Sennheiser equipment shipped in for the show by RF guru David Bellamy’s Soundtronics Wireless and the show’s longtime production sound supplier, AudioTek Corp, or brought in by the artists.
Beyoncé used her SKM 5200 wireless handheld mic with Neumann KK 105-S capsule to perform the song “Listen,” from the Dreamgirls soundtrack. (PHOTO CREDIT: GETTY IMAGES)Beyoncé treated viewers to “Listen,” from the Dreamgirls film soundtrack, using the Sennheiser SKM 5200 wireless handheld with a Neumann KK 105-S capsule. Shakira brought along her Sennheiser SKM 3072 wireless handheld mic for a performance of “Hips Don’t Lie” with Wyclef Jean.
Gnarls Barkley performed “Crazy” with an orchestra and choir, and Cee-Lo Green singing through his custom gold-plated Sennheiser SKM 5200 handheld with a Neumann KK 105-S capsule. Philip Bailey used the same combination when R&B legends Earth, Wind & Fire, six-time Grammy winners, took the stage for a special segment with Ludacris and Mary J. Blige.
All three members of Rascal Flatts, taking part in an extended tribute to The Eagles, performed through the Sennheiser/Neumann hybrid wireless vocal mic.
Presenters, who included Jamie Foxx, Joan Baez, Seal, Reba McEntire, Ornette Coleman, Natalie Cole, Rihanna and David Spade, favored Sennheiser SKM 5200 wireless handheld mics. Over 40 each of the Evolution Series e602II and e902 wired microphones, as well as ten e935 and four Neumann KMS 105 microphones and 16 channels of EW300IEMG2 units, were additionally on hand for performers.
Dave Bellamy of Soundtronics who handled the RF for the show commented, “Our company is heavily vested in Sennheiser wireless. In fact, it’s the staple of our wireless inventory. During the Grammys, the Sennheiser wireless did exactly what is supposed to do.”
In addition to microphones, RF Grammy technician, Dave Rickmers from ATK AudioTek reports that he deployed a pair of A 5000 CP antennas for the Sennheiser personal monitor systems being used by some of the artists. “The antennas are circularly polarized, which is essential for personal monitors, and they’re small enough that we could sneak them onto the stage. They covered the stage as well as the hall, which was good because some of the acts performed on the alternate small stage in the middle of the audience. The A 5000 CP antennas provide a good combination of wide coverage and gain and are an asset to the ATK arsenal.
This year’s show also included a competition, “My Grammy Moment,” in which viewers voted on which newcomer would duet with Justin Timberlake during the telecast. Previews of the segment during the show and video clips online all featured the three finalists performing in the studio wearing Sennheiser HD215 headphones. Winner Robin Troupe’s video submission is posted at www.Grammy.com.