Ken Ehrlich Biography
Ken Ehrlich (Kenneth James Ehrlich) is an American television producer and director. He has produced network television programs since 1974, when he created the PBS music series, Soundstage for Chicago public television.
Ehrlich moved to Los Angeles two years later and began his career, which has included more than three decades of telecasting Grammy and Emmy Award ceremonies.
He began producing the Grammy Award telecasts for CBS in 1980, and is responsible for creating the concept of “Grammy moments”, which have included such memorable performances by Aretha Franklin’s operatic debut, Prince and Beyoncé, the famous Eminem-Elton John duet, as well as the Melissa Etheridge-Joss Stone duet, and historic reunions between Art Garfunkel and Paul Simon, and the musical group, The Police.
In 2010, Ehrlich was presented with the Recording Academy’s President’s Award for his long-time service to the Grammy Awards event.
Since 2010, he has produced annual PBS shows produced (in cooperation with WETA and the Grammy Museum) in the East Room of the White House, with a broad spectrum of artists ranging from Bob Dylan, Mick Jagger, Aretha Franklin and Justin Timberlake to Mavis Staples, Gary Clark Jr., Ariana Grande, and Cyndi Lauper.
Ken Ehrlich Education
Ehrlich graduated from Cleveland Heights High School in 1960. He then graduated from Ohio University in 1964 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. After graduating from college, he moved to Chicago with his wife Harriet.
Ken Ehrlich Age
He was born in 1943 Cleveland Heights, Ohio, United States (76 years old as of 2019).
Ken Ehrlich Family
Ehrlich is the son of Lucile Dimond Ehrlich and Arthur A.Ehrlich.
Ken Ehrlich Wife
He is married Harriet Stromberg in 1967 and together they have two children a son Matthew Ehrlich and a daughter Dori Ehrlich. He lives in Westlake Village, California together with his family.
Ken Ehrlich Awards and Honors
Kenneth Ehrlich has been nominated for five Emmy Awards, is the recipient of one Golden Globe Award, and was presented with the Producer’s Guild of America Visionary Award in 2007.
In February 11, 2014, he was invited to the White House State Dinner.
On January 28, 2015, he was honored with the 2,541st star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame by The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. He was dedicated in front of the historic Capitol Records Building at 1750 N. Vine Street.
It is time we honor the man who successfully elevated and transformed the artists and their music we love into memorable moments on live Television. Ken Ehrlich’s magical productions have touched millions of people watching these shows around the world and we are pleased to welcome him to our family of stars on Hollywood Walk of Fame. – Leron Gubler, President of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce.
Helping him to unveil the star were his friends Stevie Wonder, John Legend, LL Cool J and Smokey Robinson.
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Ariana Grande slams Grammys producer and accuses him of lying
Ariana Grande has released two successful albums within six months, announced a tour and broke streaming records with her hit singles “thank u, next” and “7 rings.” But the pop star will not be performing any of her recent hits at the Grammys, even though she’s nominated for two.
The show — or lack thereof — is causing some beef.
Grammys producer Ken Ehrlich said the awards show had several conversations with Grande about performing on Sunday. Ehrlich said Grande “felt it was too late for her to pull something together,” The Associated Press reported. Grande says he’s lying.
The singer fired back at Ehrlich’s remarks on Thursday, tweeting: “I’ve kept my mouth shut but now you’re lying about me.”
“I can pull together a performance over night and you know that, Ken,” Grande wrote. “It was when my creativity & self expression was stifled by you, that i decided not to attend. I hope the show is exactly what you want it to be and more.” The singer did not stop there.
“I offered 3 different songs,” she revealed in a second tweet. “It’s about collaboration. it’s about feeling supported. It’s about art and honesty. not politics. not doing favors or playing games. It’s just a game y’all.. and I’m sorry but that’s not what music is to me.”
“Hope that helps everyone understand my decision. I am still grateful for the acknowledgement this year,” she said in a third tweet.
mhmmm here it is ! “too late for her to pull something together……” pic.twitter.com/YwuBOUkZjr
— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) February 7, 2019
Ehrlich said the Recording Academy wanted Grande to perform at the Grammys after having “conversations over the past month or so,” the AP reported. Variety reported that Grande pulled out of the Grammys due to disagreements over what songs she would sing. Grande seemed to confirm that in her tweets on Thursday.
Grammys Producer Ken Ehrlich Deeply Hurt By Ariana Grande’s Pointed Attack
Since pulling out of her scheduled performance at the Grammys citing creative differences, Ariana Grande and producer Ken Ehrlich have been locked in a battle of words. Erlich was first to speak on the matter, insisting that Ariana Grande couldn’t “pull something together” in a timely manner – with the singer then responding to Erlich’s assertion of non-compliance with her signal beams turned the whole way up.
i’ve kept my mouth shut but now you’re lying about me. i can pull together a performance over night and you know that, Ken. it was when my creativity & self expression was stifled by you, that i decided not to attend. i hope the show is exactly what you want it to be and more. 🖤
— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) February 7, 2019
Grande offered her account of the mix-up of Twitter posts, of which the above Tweet posted on February 7th encapsulates her position quite well. With public favor on her side, Ken Erlich reached out to Rolling Stone magazine for a chance at a rebuttal.
“I saw those tweets and what she said. I guess it was a surprise,” Erhlich told Rolling Stone during dress rehearsals for the Grammy Awards show. “I will say this, and they don’t want me to say it but I’m going to say it: The thing that probably bothered me more than whatever else she said about me is when she said I’m not collaborative.”
The most puzzling tidbit of information to come out of this disagreement concerns the fact Ariana Grande and Ken Erlich never even met in person. According to Erlich, much of the communication in the matter was done through a liaison, leaving tons of room for error. The 61st edition of the Grammys air this evening on CBS with or without Ariana Grande on the bill. Nevertheless, Grande has a pretty good shot at winning Grammys in the two categories for which she’s been nominated.