And the Grammy goes to… Sennheiser

(mtebaldi | Posted 2011-03-21)

And the Grammy goes to… Sennheiser

It seems that artists such as Lady Antebellum, Lady Gaga, and Eminem were not the only ones who left the night of the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards with a feeling of accomplishment. Behind each of the performance of that night, a single company was responsible for providing some of the most vital pieces of sound equipment needed for a flawless show. Sennheiser endorsees total an amount of nearly sixty nominations for the 2011 Grammys Awards, including the big winner of the night, Lady Antebellum. Moving through several stage positions, Antebellum used three SKM 2000 handheld transmitters, outfitted with MMD 935-1 capsules, as they performed a medley that included “Need You Now,” the song that helped them win two of the night’s biggest awards, “Record of the Year” and “Song of the Year,” as well as “Best Country Song,” “Best Country Album” and “Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals.”

Another of the night’s big winners was Sennheiser user Lady Gaga, who stole the limelight on the red carpet as well as onstage, where she emerged from an egg to showcase her new song, “Born This Way,” with the aid of a custom chrome SKM 5200 transmitter topped with an MD 5235 capsule. Eminem, who won two awards during the evening, took to the stage to perform “Love the Way You Lie” accompanied by Rihanna, with her nickel finish SKM 2000-XP, with MMK 965-1 capsule, and Maroon 5 singer Adam Levine. Throughout the evening’s broadcast, Miranda Lambert, Muse, Katy Perry, and Rihanna in a duet with Drake, all delivered electrifying performances with their favorite Sennheiser mic combinations. Additional Sennheiser artists who were recipients of Grammy awards during the night’s festivities included Rihanna, Muse, Miranda Lambert, the Zac Brown Band, and Sade.

With Sennheiser artists making use of both 2000 and 5000 Series wireless handheld mics during the show, the company’s new EM 3732-II receiver, which is compatible with both systems, proved to be a timesaver. The wide switching bandwidth of the new receiver was also a benefit in a dense RF environment such as the Grammy Awards production, especially since last year’s mandated evacuation of the 700 MHz frequency range. As Bellamy noted, this year he had to squeeze the same number of RF channels into half the frequency range compared with last year’s show.

The 53rd annual Grammys Award Show drawn over 26 million viewers, a figure not reached in ten years by the broadcast. Sennheiser products were certainly major contributors to make that night a success.

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