Grammy Awards ‘double security’ over fears of similar Will Smith slapping incident

Will Smith’s violent actions at last month’s Academy Awards have got organizers of the upcoming 64th Grammy Awards concerned that a similar event could take place on their stage

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The Grammy Awards are set on double security to avoid awkward incidents akin to Will Smith’s violent outburst at the recent Academy Awards in Hollywood.

On Sunday night, the biggest names in music gather in Las Vegas to find out if they’ve won an award or two at the most prestigious night of music celebrations.

But organizers are said to have been startled by the recent Oscars, where Will, 53, stormed the stage to smack 57-year-old Chris Rock squarely in the face after making an ill-considered joke about the actor’s wife . Jada Pinkett Smith, 50.

Therefore, security at the music event is doubled so that nobody comes onto the stage unexpectedly.

Security is tightened at the Grammy Awards over fears of violence


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A source told the news The sun on Sunday adding: “There have been hectic meetings all week to ensure the show runs smoothly and there are no controversial scenes.

“The organizers had enough trouble getting the show off the ground with the pandemic to deal with, so there was tremendous pressure to get that into the mix. . .

“Everyone who’s in it knows there’s a strict code of conduct and if they don’t stick to it, they’ll be kicked out.”

Music’s biggest names will converge on Las Vegas for the glittering awards



The Mirror previously reported that stars attending Sunday night’s awards ceremonies had been warned to abide by new, strict rules – and told they risked losing their prizes if they step out of line .

Organizers of the 64th awards ceremony – which will be broadcast live from Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena and hosted by The Daily Show’s Trevor Noah – are also warning performers to be careful about what they say onstage.

A source said: “These awards have taken months to organize after what has already been a very up and down process and post the Oscars the organizers don’t want anything to impact the night.

The Oscars were overshadowed by Will Smith’s violent reaction to a joke made by Chris Rock



“Many saw it as a great shame that deserving winners saw their Oscars fame overshadowed.

“And with the spotlight on the biggest music event on the US calendar, a lot is at stake if it’s to be a success, so they make it a priority for artists to be respectful and careful about what they say about others and how they behave general.”

The Grammys have already been pushed back from their original January 31st date due to concerns about the spread of the Omicron variant.

It was supposed to take place in Los Angeles but has now been moved to Sin City. With all of that in the mix, organizers reportedly banned Kanye West from performing over “regarding online conduct.”

Hollywood was stunned last Sunday when Will slapped Chris in the face in front of an A-list audience.

He later apologized online, writing: “I want to publicly apologize to you Chris. I was out of line and I was wrong. I’m embarrassed and my actions were no indication of the man I want to be. In a world of love and kindness there is no place for violence.”

Comedian Trevor Noah will preside over the 64th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday night


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And then, on Friday, he announced he had left the academy over his violent actions as a member, writing, “I betrayed the academy’s trust. I deprived other nominees and winners of the opportunity to celebrate and be celebrated for doing exceptional work. I am devastated.

“As such, I resign my membership in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and will accept any further consequences that the board deems appropriate.”

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