Even reporters who have covered the Grammy awards for Several Years may feel like rookies in what this season will be a service such as no one before
However, this odd season feels like the very first time.
Constructed around performances, filled with yelling and singing, and with all the largest audience of some awards show, the Grammys seem visually erroneous to get a planet in the coronavirus pandemic. But organizers are taking extraordinary steps to pull it off, and the AP was one of only a couple of media outlets encouraged inside throughout the trainings, as long as our colleagues took continuous COVID-19 evaluations and observe a number of different constraints at the hyper-cautious scene.
For almost all my years as a AP movie journalist doing interviews about the party-like red carpet at the Grammys, they’ve been held in Staples Center, a location where the Los Angeles Lakers play basketball and music’s greatest superstars perform theatres.
And its numerous cavernous halls and spacious paths are ideal for putting on a stunt series.
Those halls and paths are so incredibly quiet and empty as you walk , unlike the buzzy, frantic spectacle you usually see throughout the run-up into the Grammys, which it is difficult to believe we are only a few times out of Sunday’s telecast.
“You know, it is certainly different, but it has been fun to be in a bubble with my group and my dancers and actually only getting ready for the night,” Lipa explained as she stood within the Convention Center to a spaced-out backstage interview-and-photo region that’s the sole red rug we have this season. “I am only really considering the operation and I am so excited and so grateful to be on that point again.”
Many cautious actors have remained confidential and steered clear of the media region, in spite of its tight antibacterial protocols. Even the AP workspace is set off with large, thick black drapes, and they’re continuously equipping us with sprays and hand sanitizer. Dropping your mask for a minute will bring a scolding in safety, and we can not bring in some of our own water or food.
We must maintain our distance from the artists we interview, that are the only individuals permitted to be more mask-less, only long enough to be interviewed. Some request we wear plastic face protects.
My camera operator employs a six-foot boom microphone to maintain his distance.
At another, cordoned-off subject of the centre’s largest hall, actors who’d typically be packed with all the Staples Center point amid a writhing audience are rather using four individual phases facing each other so performers acting together can remain distant, with almost no crowd.
The protocol for safety and credentials in the Grammys have always been quite stern, but they have never previously involved mouth swabs and thermometers. By the time Sunday’s series begins, I’ll have experienced five COVID-19 evaluations in 11 days. As soon as we get a (fingers crossed) unwanted consequence we receive a credential to go at, but still possess our fever taken every day before we input.
During a regular Grammys week, I would be all over the city covering the crowded events which are a part of this ritual, such as Clive Davis’ yearly gala.
Anthony Hamilton, who is acting with Roddy Ricch and DaBaby about the telecast, told me”It is almost like Mardi Gras out in L.A. if it is Grammy time”
“I am utilized to everyone being here at once,” he explained as we stood almost alone in the meeting area,”an area filled with people, all of your peers, each celebrity you ever wished to see from the audio, at the media area and running to folks in the mall, running about with the various style homes and simply having a fantastic time, a huge celebration.”