Grammy Producer Ken Ehrlich to Step Down After 2020
He's clashed with artists like Ariana Grande, Lorde and Frank Ocean
Published Jul 17, 2019Grammy producer Ken Ehrlich has revealed that he will be stepping down from his role after the 2020 Grammy Awards.
Ehrlich has produced every Grammys broadcast since 1980, but in recent years, he has clashed publicly with several high-profile artists over their performances during the show.
In 2013, Frank Ocean performed during the Grammys broadcast, sticking to his own ideas for the show and delivering what he later admitted was an "absolute shit" performance. Ehrlich, meanwhile, claimed he had warned Ocean that his idea wouldn't make for "great TV," but let him do it anyway "knowing that it was faulty."
Years later, after Ocean removed his work from Grammy eligibility and turned down an opportunity to perform at the 2017 Grammys, Ocean posted a scathing Tumblr takedown of Ehrlich and his colleagues for being out of touch.
In 2018, Lorde was the only female nominated in the Album of Year category, but unlike her male counterparts, she was not offered a slot to perform her own music during the Grammys broadcast. Because of this, she turned down the offer to perform with other artists as part of a Tom Petty medley.
When asked about Lorde backing out of the show, Ehrlich replied, "We have a box and it gets full. She had a great album. There's no way we can really deal with everybody."
Earlier this year, Ehrlich got into a public spat with Ariana Grande. After he told a publication that Grande had backed out of a Grammys performance because she felt that "it was too late for her to pull something together," she put Ehrlich on blast via Twitter.
"I can pull together a performance over night and you know that, Ken," she wrote. "It was when my creativity & self expression was stifled by you, that I decided not to attend."
Grande continued, explaining that she had offered three songs as options for her performance, and each was rejected.
"It's about collaboration. It's about feeling supported. It's about art and honesty," she tweeted. "Not politics. Not doing favors or playing games. It's just a game [to] y'all.. And I'm sorry but that's not what music is to me."
Ehrlich will stay on to executive produce next year's Grammy broadcast, which is set to air on January 26, 2020.
After that, he'll be replaced by Grammys producer, director and writer Ben Winston.