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Podcast: Inside the 2022 Grammys, From BTS to Billie Eilish

BTS performs "Butter" at the 64th Annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, April 3, 2022, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

The Grammys’ development is not yet finished, according to the show’s executive producer, Ben Winston, who took over the show last year from Ken Ehrlich, the show’s mastermind for more than 40 years. Winston and Raj Kapoor, Executive Producer and Show Director, joined the final episode of our show Rolling Stone Music now A podcast to delve into the behind-the-scenes secrets of this year’s party, address criticism, and more.

To Listen to the entire episode, press play above, or listen to it Apple Podcast or spotify. Here are some of the highlights:

BTS She almost didn’t perform – and wasn’t able to rehearse as a full group until the day before the concert.
“There were times when we worried that they wouldn’t be able to be here,” Winston says. J-Hope had COVID-19 and was placed in quarantine. He wasn’t allowed to travel until Saturday, the day before the show, Jungkook was in Vegas with Covid, but then unless he got two negative tests, he wasn’t allowed to attend. He was very tense. We were so nervous… I was actually really excited about this guy, not because he was better than everyone else, but simply because I knew what these seven guys went through to get to this level… I think these guys are incredibly talented. . I’m kind of in awe of what they do every single time.”

Not enough rap performances this year? Producers agree.
“We’d love more hip-hop,” Winston says, pointing to the many rap performances at last year’s party as evidence of his goals for the show. We won’t always get the exact quota we want. We always try. It was definitely not a conscious decision to just have people As a hip-hop performer… we lost two artists in [show’s] Moving from Los Angeles to Vegas. So, you know, bullshit happens. We did our best.”

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during the whistling Justin BeiberThe movie set because he was supposed to self-censor his words, and he failed to do so.
“I think maybe he just got carried away in this moment and forgot not to say the word ‘fuck,'” Winston says. ‘I don’t think there’s anything more than that.’

rain during billie eilishIt was not a real group, for purely practical reasons.
“Eventually it was decided that Billy and Phineas didn’t want to get physically wet,” Kapoor says. “Because she wanted to sit back and enjoy the rest of the evening without actually spending much time getting back into the magic. So we came up with this really amazing digital effect.”

The producers apologize for the “memorial” omissions, which included Drakeo the rulerCalvin Simon of Parliament Funkadec and Joy Jordison of Slipknot – addressing the lack of any mention of the victims of the Astroworld rally in December.
“Anyone who feels neglected or feels contempt for a memory, I think from the bottom of our hearts, there can only be apologies because we go to this show we only want to bring joy and love to people who have music,” Winston says, who noted that the Academy And, not the show’s producers, they came up with the list of names. “For the Astroworld victims, I think that’s a really fair point. I think, you know, maybe we should have done something”

With a new head of the Recording Academy (Harvey Mason Jr.), various procedural changes, and a new production company behind the party, producers are trying to convince artists who have meat with the Grammys that massive change has already taken place.
“I’ve been meeting artists on this trip for the past couple of years, and they’re going to be like, ‘Okay, the Grammys did this and the Grammys did that and it’s time to change it,'” Winston says. That’s why I [sitting] here. It’s what we can do, be a part of the change instead of just feeling angry about what happened before.”

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