Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Grammy Awards Announcement Could Be Coming Today, Eyeing April 3rd in Las Vegas


We’re on tenterhooks this morning, waiting for an announcement from The Recording Academy.

As you know, the Grammy Awards were supposed to take place on Monday, January 31st in Los Angeles. They would have been preceded over that weekend by the Musicares Person of the Year dinner honoring Joni Mitchell, and Clive Davis’s all-star Grammy pre-dinner party.

But COVID wrecked all that. Los Angeles is seeing its highest rates of infection in a year. The Staples Center would be a petrie dish, ditto the LA Convention Center. So the weekend was postponed.

Now we wait this morning for a new date. All signs from reports point to April 3rd, in Las Vegas, maybe the from the MGM Grand Hotel. That would certainly be a change of pace for everyone involved, but being flexible is the key to survival here. Harvey Mason and his leadership are making all the right, cautious moves at the Academy. But all those Recording Academy people in Vegas? The mind boggles!

Stay tuned.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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