The telecast will pay tribute to independent venues, which have been hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. Various categories will be presented by club workers, including bartenders and box office managers, from The Troubadour (Los Angeles), The Hotel Café (Los Angeles), The Apollo Theater (New York City) and The Station Inn (Nashville).
The use of multiple venues will allow social distancing. The Academy of Country Music used a similar strategy last year (which it is repeating this year), with performances from three iconic Nashville venues: the Grand Ole Opry House, Ryman Auditorium and The Bluebird Café. At the Grammys, though, these other venues will not be used for performances.
The show will include sequences shot inside the Los Angeles Convention Center, as well as on the venue’s outside deck and on streets surrounding the venue, including Chick Hearn Way, LA Live Way and Georgia Street. In some cases, Staples Center, the Grammys’ usual home, will be visible in the background.
The Recording Academy promises “Artists will be coming together, while still safely apart, to play music for each other as a community and celebrate the music that unites us all.”