(CBS) – CBS Newspath special coverage this weekend for the 57th Annual Grammy Awards from the Staples Center in Los Angeles includes behind the scenes rehearsal performances and interviews.
Neil Portnow, President/CEO of the Recording Academy & Grammy Foundation:
“I don’t worry…we want to do what is right. And you’re never going to please everybody…so, no matter what happens. And let’s remember, we represent, based on our categories, 83 categories of music, so there’s a lot of different things in there…a lot of people to make happy and we’d like to make everybody happy”
“It’s a huge stadium and I’ve played here many times before. What is always interesting is it’s massive…you feel very small, very tiny. And you’re trying to do your job the best you can. My job is to get up there and sing my song. And it’s lovely, but if I think too much about the scale of it I start freaking out.”
“Yeah I’m still trying to get my head around it and I didn’t expect a Grammy nomination at all this year. And it’s been a crazy year for me, and a few weeks ago…I’m over the moon, but I’m excited. It’s overwhelming”
“Hello, I’m Tony Bennett, and I live in New York. So I just want to wish everybody a wonderful time, enjoy the show, the Grammy’s are just fabulous.
Tony Bennett, with Lady Gaga:
“Well we’re doing a song that was introduced by the great Fred Astaire, it was written for him, and it lasts forever. It’s not an old song, it’s a great song that will go down in history as some of America’s greatest music.”
“There’s jazz lovers all over the world. And by us coming together, it’s not so much exposing jazz to my fans, but exposing it to everyone all at once. And we’re really grateful to the Grammy’s for having us here.”