Showbiz Sandbox 312: Scripting Those Perfect Grammy Moments

February 16, 2016


With nominees representing a wide range of genres including pop, country, hip-hop, R&B and rock, this year’s Grammy Awards had a little something for everyone. David Wild, one of the writers responsible for this year’s Grammy telecast and a contributing editor at Rolling Stone, takes a few minutes from his busy schedule to discuss Rihanna’s no-show, Kendrick Lamar’s electric performance and more.

It would seem that anyone who wasn’t watching the Grammys was at the movie theater watching “Deadpool”. The R-rated superhero movie that transformed from a comeback vehicle for Ryan Reynolds to a box office hit to a phenomenon, all in the space of five days.

Meanwhile China was also breaking box office records thanks to the Golden Week holiday associated with Chinese New Years. Plus, the Oscars are getting closer and we’ll report on the latest buzz generated by the BAFTAs and the WGA Awards.

Of course we also cover the week’s top entertainment news including an autobiography from rocker Bruce Springsteen, Disney is sending “Frozen” to Broadway and why media stocks have suddenly taken a nosedive.


David Wild’s Work in Rolling Stone

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China Box Office Breaks World Record With $548M in One Week

China Box Office: Stephen Chow’s ‘Mermaid’ Nears $200M at Record Pace

Michael Moore’s ‘Where to Invade Next’ Marks Career Low

WGA Awards: ‘Spotlight,’ ‘The Big Short’ Take Top Film Prizes

Writers Guild TV Winners: ‘Mr. Robot,’ ‘Better Call Saul’ Gain Steam in Emmy Race

‘The Revenant,’ Leonardo DiCaprio Dominate BAFTA Awards

‘The Late Late Show With James Corden’ Breaks YouTube Record With Adele ‘Carpool Karaoke’

Pandora Is Said to Have Held Talks About Selling Itself

Bookstore Sales Had First Gain in Eight Years in 2015

S&S Nabs Bruce Springsteen Autobiography

In Deal With Fox, Dish Agrees to Disable Ad-Skipping for 7 Days After Shows First Air

In Deal With Fox, Dish Agrees to Disable Ad-Skipping for 7 Days After Shows First Air

‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ Is Headed to Broadway

Frozen Aims to Cast a Spell on Broadway in 2017 with New Songs! Alex Timbers May Direct

‘Star Wars’ Producers Charged Over Harrison Ford Accident

Dr. Dre Filming Apple’s First Scripted Television Series

Viacom Chief Is Defensive on Its Weak Earnings

HBO Now Service Has Roughly 800,000 Paying Subscribers

Amazon Updates Its Terms of Service to Cover the Zombie Apocalypse

Amid Tension, Met and James Levine Mull Last Bow

James Levine Cancels Philadelphia Concerts

CBS Soars To Monday Night Overnight Victory Care of The Grammy Awards

TV Ratings: Grammys Hold Steady With Monday Move, Grab Nearly 25M Viewers

“Hamilton” To Bring Broadway Back To Music’s Biggest Night

Kendrick Lamar Sweeps Rap Field at Grammys; Taylor Swift Wins Best Album

Grammys 2016: What Really Happened With Lauryn Hill?

Grammy Preview: The Actual Best Albums Of 2015


  • mgiltz

    David Wild always gives us a behind the scenes peek at the Grammys and this year was the most interesting yet. He revealed Lauryn Hill casually showed up about five minutes AFTER she was supposed to perform, that Rihanna’s set was dangling in the air above the stage along with all the others just an hour before showtime when she had to cancel due to illness and other fascinating tidbits. It ain’t easy putting on a live concert with major acts, but it’s fun to hear about afterwards.