JBL® speakers and Crown® amplifiers supported an all-star cast for the 50th-Annual GRAMMY Awards Anniversary special on February 10, 2008.
Six-time GRAMMY® winner Tina Turner joined two-time nominee Beyoncé for a special performance;
jazz pianist Eldar, rap-rocker Kid Rock,
jazz saxophonist Dave Koz and jazz/pop singer Keely Smith also performed on the telecast.
To present all this talent to the live audience, rental-system contractor ATK/Audiotek (Valencia, CA) deployed a multiarray JBL VerTec® speaker system; it incorporated 70 full-size VT4889 line array elements temporarily suspended in the Staples Center. VT4880 subwoofer arrays boosted low-frequency reinforcement, and a dozen JBL VRX932LA enclosures (powered by Crown I-Tech amplifiers) served as VIP fill enclosures.
"JBL VerTec arrays give us highly predictable coverage, and they set up faster and are lighter weight than other options," observed Jeff Peterson, event system engineer for ATK. "That is critically important in this venue due to the massive truss structures, and lighting and video equipment brought in to support the live show and telecast."
The 50th-Annual GRAMMY Awards was presented live on the CBS Television Network from Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Broadcast live in HDTV and 5.1 surround sound, the show was also supported on radio via Westwood One worldwide and XM Satellite Radio.