Millions of music fans around the world tune in to watch the Grammy Awards each year, but only a select group of people knows what it’s like to sit in the audience during the ceremony waiting to hear if they’ll be taking home a statue.
The Grammy broadcast captures only a portion of the excitement of the event, and to get some insight into what it’s like to be on the floor of the Staples Center that night, we caught up with Recording Arts alumni Graham Marsh and Frank Socorro.
Graham has won two Grammys during his career as an engineer, first in 2007 for his work on Ludacris’ Release Therapy (Best Rap Album), and again in 2011 for Cee Lo Green’s hit single “F**k You” (Best Urban/Alternative Performance). Franklin is also an engineer, and has worked on multiple Grammy-nominated releases, including Amy Winehouse’s classic Back to Black (Album of the Year).
How did it feel to get your first Grammy nomination?
Socorro: It was amazing, I felt like I had made correct decisions as far as my path was concerned.
What was your first trip to the awards like?
Marsh: It was a lot of fun. It’s a bit of a blur now, but it was an honor to be nominated and to be there experiencing this huge event.
Socorro: Extremely exciting. You work very hard in this industry and this is a huge pat on the back from everyone.
Of all the ceremonies you’ve been to, is there a special Grammy memory that stands out?
Marsh: I think Lady Gaga being carried past me on the red carpet in an egg was pretty unforgettable.
How does it actually feel to be a nominee on Grammy night, waiting for your category to be read?
Marsh: It’s a bit nerve wracking to be honest. As an engineer I am used to being behind the scenes, so getting up on stage on national live television is not my forte. But it’s also very exciting and humbling at the same time just be in that position.
What do you most look forward to seeing at the show each year – the awards, performances, or tributes?
Socorro: Definitely the awards.
Why do you think the Grammy Awards remain important for the music industry?
Marsh: As long as the Recording Academy keeps recognizing amazing talent like Adele, Cee Lo, Bruno Mars, and Bon Iver, the Grammys will stay relevant and keep its integrity as a barometer for excellence within our industry.