Mark Ronson, the Grammy man
Mark Ronson and Lady Gaga perform onstage during the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Madison Square Garden
Text Francesco Musolino
Record producer, disk-jockey, singer and founder of AllidoRecords. Mark Ronson has worked with some of the world’s greatest filmmakers, including Stevie Wonder, Duran Duran, Coldplay, Adele and the Pulitzer Prize writer Michael Chabon, who composed for him Heavy and Rolling. Born in 1975, a conservative Jew, he has become a star with his Uptown Funk album in 2015, at the top of the charts in sixty-eight countries – the second single in history for both the number of sales with nine million copies and longevity in the standings and over a billion views on YouTube. A song co-produced by Bruno Mars, the Honolulu artist who overtook his competitors at the recent Grammy Awards, winning six prizes. Four albums to his credit, raised in the myth of hip hop, Mark Ronson has built his success by studying the greats of the past. In the environment he is considered the perfect man to hunt for commercial successes, he pays homage to James Brown with his style on stage, he produced AmyWinehouse’s Back To Black and he has a weakness for the covers of the old commercial successes of the 1980s. Sincerely? Ronson is a money machine that when he can remain behind the scenes, giving the stage to Bruno Mars or Pharrell Williams. There are no exceptions. He showed up on the stage of Madison Square Garden to accompany Lady Gaga, wrapped in a pink tulle dress, with his acoustic guitar to play Joanne (Where Do YouThinkYou’reGoin’?) and MillionReasons. Great atmosphere, the stage just for them. During the performance, Lady Gaga rose from the piano on which two wings of feathers lay, approaching Ronson, perched on a stool. Together they entered the history of this edition of the Academy Awards.