I have covered the Grammy Awards for the Associated Press for a very long time. Be that as it may, this unusual year feels like the first run-through.
Worked around exhibitions, loaded with singing and yelling, and with the greatest horde of any entertainment expo, the Grammys appear to be extraordinarily off-base for a world still in the Covid pandemic. However, coordinators are taking remarkable marks to pull it off, and the AP was one of only a couple news sources welcomed inside during the arrangements, insofar as our columnists took consistent COVID-19 tests and notice numerous different limitations at the hyper-careful scene.
For virtually the entirety of my years as an AP video writer doing interviews on the gathering like honorary pathway at the Grammys, they have been held at Staples Center, where the Los Angeles Lakers play b-ball and music’s greatest whizzes perform shows.
This year there is no honorary pathway outside, and the service is nearby at the Los Angeles Convention Center, where the forthcoming timetable incorporates the Bride World Bridal Show and Expo and the American Academy of Otolaryngology’s Head and Neck Surgery Annual Meeting.
It’s not really the stuff of the entertainment biz allure, however, it has importance for me as the spot I made the vow to turn into a U.S. resident in 1996. Also, its different enormous corridors and open walkways are appropriate to put on a pandemic act.
Those corridors and walkways are so shockingly calm and unfilled as you walk them, not at all like the buzzy, furious scene you, as a rule, see during the approach the Grammys, that it’s difficult to accept we’re only a few days from Sunday’s broadcast. The show will be facilitated by Trevor Noah and will incorporate exhibitions via Cardi B, BTS, Doja Cat, Billie Eilish, Megan Thee Stallion, Harry Styles, Taylor Swift, and Dua Lipa.
“You know, it’s unquestionably extraordinary, however, it’s been amusing to simply be in an air pocket with my group and my artists and truly preparing for the evening,” Lipa advised me as she remained inside the Convention Center on a scattered behind the stage meeting and-photograph region that is the lone honorary pathway we have this year. “I’m very pondering the presentation and I’m simply so energized thus appreciative to simply be on that stage once more.”
Numerous mindful entertainers have remained private and avoided the media territory, even with its tight enemy of viral conventions. The AP workspace is set off with high, thick dark draperies, and they are continually recharging us with covers and hand sanitizer. Dropping your veil in any event, briefly will bring a chastening from security, and we can’t acquire any of our own food or water.
We need to stay away from the performers we talk with, who are the solitary individuals permitted to be veil less, sufficiently long to be met. Some solicitation that we likewise wear plastic face shields.
My camera administrator utilizes a six-foot blast mic to stay away.