China is set to get its own Grammys festival, the President of the iconic U.S. institution Neil Portnow announced on Thursday. Rough cut (no reporter narration)
ROUGH CUT. NO REPORTER NARRATION. China is set to get its own Grammys festival, the President of the iconic U.S. institution Neil Portnow announced on Thursday (August 3). The announcement, at an event in Beijing, was scant on details of where and when the events would take place, but a representative from Bravo entertainment, the company that will help put on the shows, said the artists would chiefly be Grammy winners or nominees. The Grammys will have to tread a careful path to avoid its concerts falling foul of China's censors, who have banned seemingly innocuous acts like Bon Jovi, Lady Gaga, and even Justin Bieber in the past. Portnow said it was not the place of the Grammys to try to negotiate for certain artists to be able to come to China, though he noted that "things can change".