Grammys Organisers Stepped Up Security At Awards Show After Will Smith’s Oscars Smackdown
In this day and age, one never knows when one might get slapped in public.
The organisers of the Grammy Awards have stepped up security in a bid to avoid "controversial scenes".
The star-studded event was staged at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday (Apr 3), and the organisers are being particularly cautious in their preparations following the controversy at last weekend's Oscars involving Will Smith and Chris Rock.
A source told The Sun on Sunday newspaper: "There have been frantic meetings all week to ensure that the show goes smoothly and there are no controversial scenes.
"Organisers have had enough trouble getting the show off the ground with the pandemic to contend with, so adding this into the mix has been a huge pressure."
Will, 53, smacked Chris during the Oscars after he made a joke about Will's wife Jada Pinkett Smith, who suffers from alopecia.
But the star-studded line-up of guests have all been warned that there's a "strict code of conduct" in place, and a repeat of last weekend's controversy would not be tolerated.
The insider said: "Everyone attending knows there is a strict code of conduct and if they don’t abide to it, they’ll be kicked out."
The ceremony is hosted by comedian Trevor Noah.
The stand-up star recently revealed that he can't wait to take to the stage and he is relishing working with the Grammys' behind-the-scenes team.
He told Variety: "I’ve been lucky enough to be asked to work on awards shows before, and the reason I agreed to this one is because of the team working on it.
"People don’t understand how important the teams are: You have to trust the director and the showrunner and they have to trust you, everybody’s working together. And I really trust Ben Winston and the team." — BANG SHOWBIZ
Photo: Will Smith's Instagram/ 94th Academy Awards broadcast