Grammy’s to hold unprecedented pre-show anti-terrorism training
Due to the recent slew of music-oriented terrorist attacks, like the Las Vegas shooting, the Manchester Arena bombing, and the Bataclan theatre massacre in Paris, the State Department and European Union are to employ counterterrorism training for artists attending the 60th Annual Grammy Awards on January 28.
The briefing sessions will include industry elite such as Pink, Young Thug, Little Big Town, and Run The Jewels. The unprecedented off-site preparation will differ from traditional pre-event security training in that it will provide non-event-specific evacuation and emergency response procedures.
Former Director of Analytics for the US State Department and ISIS expert Dr. Amir Bagherpour told Rolling Stone that it would “make sense” for a terrorist group to wage an attack on such a large-scale musical event, as high-profile musicians generate tremendous media coverage, which would “send a powerful message.”
Officials are expected to urge artists to remain vigilant without instilling fear in those around them, by proceeding cautiously with their performances and interactions with fans.
H/T: Rolling Stone
Photo Credit: Be Box