For the third consecutive year, all of the artists and bands who performed using in-ear monitors during the 56th Annual Grammy Awards used the Shure PSM 1000 Personal Monitor System.
A number of Shure endorsers were also big winners on the night including Imagine Dragons’ victory in the “Best Rock Performance” category, Kacey Musgraves’ double win for “Best Country Song” and “Best Country Album”, and Black Sabbath’s success in the “Best Metal Performance” category.
In addition to the exclusive in-ear use of PSM 1000 for live performances, a combination of Shure SM58, BETA 58A, and KSM9 microphones were also selected by artists for their performances.
New Zealand singer-songwriter Lorde (pictured below), who spent much of the past year in the spotlight and at the top of the charts, performed her song “Royals” using a Shure SM58. Other Grammy performers who opted for Shure microphones included Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor (Beta 58), John Legend (Beta 58), and Paul McCartney (Beta 58), who relied on wired Shure microphones for their sets. Other artists who opted for wired mics included Shure endorser and nine-time Grammy-winning band Metallica (Super 55 BRC), who performed with Lang Lang (Beta 181/C) on piano.
Music Mix Mobile’s John Harris and engineer Eric Schilling were the designated music mixers for the evening. “For this years' show, Eric Schilling and I discussed using the Beta 181 on Lang Lang's pianos,” Harris shared. “Combined with the A75M clamps, they provided a great solution for us, both sonically and aesthetically.”
Dave Bellamy of Soundtronics coordinated RF for this year’s broadcast. “We're working in a high RF noise environment with a large channel count,” Bellamy stated. “All the horns were using Shure UR1 on high power in spectrum with a high noise floor, and the equipment worked perfectly. Musicians like using them, and I do, too.”