The 2012 Grammy Awards went down in history as the second-highest-rated telecast since the show’s inception in 1959. When Sennheiser artists took the stage, their engineers had the company’s microphones to ensure outstanding performances. Adele performed “Rolling in the Deep” and used the nickel-finish SKM 2000-XP wireless handheld transmitter with MMK 965-1 capsule. The Foo Fighters performed “Walk” from a tent on Nokia Plaza, and then returned to play “Rope” during the electronic dance music segment with David Guetta, Chris Brown, Lil’ Wayne and deadmau5. Front man Dave Grohl used the MD 431 II vocal mic on both songs. Bruno Mars, channeling James Brown with his performance of “Runaway,” used an SKM 2000-XP with MMD 945-1 capsule.
Others who used the company’s equipment included the evening’s host, LL Cool J, who used an SKM 5200. Alicia Keys sang a duet with Bonnie Raitt in memory of Etta James through her SKM 5200-II vocal mic with MD 5235 capsule. Katy Perry descended in a glass box with her SKM 5200-II/MD 5235 combination to perform her song “Part of Me.” During a medley honoring and featuring Glen Campbell, Blake Shelton performed the songwriter’s “Southern Nights” using his SKM 5200-II/MD 5235 vocal mic. Tony Bennett, in a duet with Carrie Underwood on “It Had to Be You,” also used an SKM 5200-II.