WCBS-FM DJs Look Back At Their Favorite GRAMMYs Memories

Remember that time Dan Taylor was THE ANNOUNCER at the GRAMMYs?!

February 6, 2019

As we await the 61st annual GRAMMY Awards, airing Sunday, February 10th on CBS, our WCBS-FM DJs sat around and waxed poetic about some of their favorite moments.

From J.Lo & Marc Anthony's dynamite 2005 performance to Aretha stepping in for Pavarotti in 1998 -- to that one time our very own Dan Taylor was the broadcast announcer for the 1991 awards show -- here are some of WCBS-FM's most memorable moments of GRAMMYs past.

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Dan Taylor's Favorite GRAMMYs Moment

There were many great GRAMMY moments but only one could experience this at 1991’s 34th Annual GRAMMY Award Telecast, because that year, yours truly was the announcer live on the CBS Television Network from Radio City Music Hall. Whoopie was the host, Natalie Cole won Record, Song and Album of the Year, Marc Cohn best new artist. Streisand got the Legend award. It was beamed into the Soviet Union for the first time too, so whenever I cracked the mic I was talking to a potential 1.8 Billion around the world!

Here are a few pages of my announcer script. (Those Classical names were tricky!) The only rule… don’t screw up! And fortunately, I didn’t.

Dan Taylor


"Broadway" Bill Lee's Favorite GRAMMYs Moment

Without a doubt… 2005 was my favorite GRAMMYs!

I got goosebumps with The JLO/Marc Anthony duet because I knew their backstory from Jenn’s sister Lynda, plus I had interviewed them both on the subject. They perform sooo well together it’s no wonder they were confused enough to think that would carry them through a marriage.  

Also that year, Funk/Dance took center stage with Usher being upstaged by James Brown. When a performer can sing and dance like that it puts them in Michael Jackson territory. Don't bother were just “outta sight”.


"Brooklyn's Own" Joe Causi's Favorite GRAMMYs Moment

Probably one of the coolest GRAMMYs moments had to be when the Queen of Soul herself, Aretha Franklin stepped in for opera Legend Luciano Pavarotti. 

Days before the 1998 GRAMMY awards the worlds greatest opera talent came down with a severe sore throat. Aretha would step in and give her amazing rendition of the Puccini classic “Nessun Dorma.” Truly an epic moment for the GRAMMYs and for the Queen of Soul!


Dave Stewart's Favorite GRAMMYs Moments

P!nk's Silks & Twists

The GRAMMYs are about music, but the telecast is also about visuals. Pop star P!nk blew me away with a stunning aerial peformance in 2010. She used silks to twist and spin like a Cirque du Soleil performer. Once wasn't enough. She did it again in 2014.

J.Lo's Green Dress

Speaking of visuals, Jennifer Lopez gave us one of the most unforgettable images at the 2000 GRAMMYs. That green Versace gown was cut so low, it barely held her in. And it couldn't have looked better on her. I'm not much of a fashion guy, but that's my all-time favorite gown.

1999 GRAMMYs: Ricky & Madonna

They were unforgettable for two reasons:

1) Ricky Martin did a show-stopping performance of "La Copa de la Vida" ("The Cup of Life"). I vaguely remembered him from his days with Menudo, but didn't know much else about him. Talk about a splash. Later that year, he would score a #1 hit with "Livin' La Vida Loca."

2) It was also the year Madonna finally became a GRAMMY-winner. She won four for her album "Ray of Light." It's still my favorite Madonna album.

Soy Bomb

During the 1998 GRAMMYs, a background dancer ripped off his shirt, showing the words 'Soy Bomb' painted on his chest as he gyrated around Bob Dylan. After a few seconds, security removed him from the stage. I don't remember what song Dylan performed, but I'll never forget that moment.

Milli Vanilli

They won the Best New Artist GRAMMY in 1990. Soon after, bandmember Rob Pilatus told Time magazine that Milli Vanilli is "more talented than any Bob Dylan or Paul McCartney." Later that year, they were stripped of the GRAMMY when it was revealed that they did not sing on their album. Oops.


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