Los Angeles, CA (February 26, 2016)—Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga, Kendrick Lamar, Adele and The Weeknd all delivered their performances at the 58th Annual Grammy Awards using Sennheiser wireless microphone technology.
Taylor Swift performing the show’s opener, “Out of the Woods,” on a Sennheiser Digital 9000 system. Lady Gaga charged through a medley of David Bowie songs—including “Space Oddity”, “Ziggy Stardust”, “Heroes” and “Fashion”—singing through a Sennheiser SKM 5200 handheld transmitter coupled with an MD 5235 microphone capsule.
Lady Gaga’s monitor engineer, James Corbin, commented, “During her six-minute performance segment, we actually used three different microphones—all Sennheiser SKM 5200/MD 5235 combinations. Under normal circumstances, this would be a real challenge, because most matched capsules from other microphone manufacturers rarely sound the same, but the MD 5232 capsules sound identical; this means I was able to get the sound that I wanted in soundcheck with one of them, and literally cut and paste the EQ settings across the other two mics.”
The Weeknd, nominated for seven GRAMMYS, delivered his performance through a combination of the SKM 5200 handheld transmitter and MD 5235 microphone capsule. He also nabbed two Grammys on the night.
Sennheiser user Ed Sheeran scooped up two Grammy Awards for “Thinking Out Loud”: one for Song of the Year and another for Best Pop Solo Performance. Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson won Record of the Year and Best Pop/Duo Group Performance for their “Uptown Funk.” Among the evening’s biggest winners was Kendrick Lamar, who was honored with four Grammy Awards: Best Rap Album, Best Rap Performance, Best Rap Song and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration and Best Music Video, which he shared with Taylor Swift.
According to Ron Reaves, audience FOH mixer at the telecast, “Our Sennheiser mics delivered crisp and detailed audio throughout the evening. I am particularly fond of the MD 5235 capsule since it handles proximity very well and is also very responsive across the entire dynamic range.”