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|Born||Kenneth James Ehrlich
1943 (age 70–71)
Cleveland Heights, Ohio, United States
|Residence||Westlake Village, California|
|Occupation||Executive producer of the Grammy Award ceremonies|
Early life and education
Ehrlich was born and raised in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. He graduated from Cleveland Heights High School in 1960 and from Ohio University in 1964 with a bachelor's degree in journalism. After he graduated from college, he moved to Chicago with his wife Harriet.
He has produced network television programs since 1974, when he created the PBS music series, Soundstage, for Chicago public television. He moved to Los Angeles two years later and began his career, which has included more than three decades of telecasting Grammy Awards, and five Emmy Awards ceremonies.[clarification needed]
Beginning in 1980, he began producing the Grammy Award telecasts for CBS, and is responsible for creating the concept of “Grammy moments”, which have included such memorable performances by Prince and Beyoncé, Aretha Franklin's operatic debut, the famous Eminem-Elton John duet, as well as the Melissa Etheridge-Joss Stone duet, and historic reunions between Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel, and the musical group, The Police. In 2010, he was presented with the Recording Academy's President's Award for his long-time service to the Grammy Awards event.
Ehrlich has produced such specials as "The Sports Illustrated 20th Century Sports Awards" (2000), "In Performance at the White House; Music of the Civil Rights Movement" (2009), "The NFL Kickoff Spectacular in Times Square" (2002), "Mandela Freedomfest" (1988), "Live 8 the Philadelphia LIVE 8 event" (2006) as well as numerous other prime time specials for both broadcast and cable networks. In 2011, he directed Celine Dion's New Las Vegas Show, which is currently[when?] in the midst of a three year run at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace.
In 2012, the Grammys, which Ehrlich executive produces, received a 39.9 rating, its highest rating since 1984, beating the Academy Awards for the first time since that date. Observers credited some of the rise to the show's response to the death of Whitney Houston, while producers said that an extremely strong show that ranged from performances by Katy Perry, Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, Taylor Swift and tributes to the Beach Boys and Glen Campbell were heavily responsible for the ratings bump. The show also featured the return of Chris Brown after a three year absence. (Brown's last appearance on the show was cancelled due to his attack on his then-girlfriend Rihanna the night before the Grammy Show in 2009.)
Honors and awards
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.