The Grammys is looking to break into the lucrative Chinese market and to do so they are prepared to bring only musical artists that have been on their absolute best behavior.
In 2018, The Recording Academy, the organization that runs the Grammys, is planning to launch a tour of China which will feature various artists who have won or have been nominated for awards. But it appears that that won’t be the only stipulation. They will also have to be Beijing-approved.
“If there are restrictions and things in that nature, we have to be respectful,” Neil Portnow, president and chief executive of The Recording Academy, explained to Reuters.
“We will promote artists with a positive and healthy image,” added Steven Fock, chief executive of music events organizer Bravo Entertainment, one of The Recording Academy’s partners for the live show tour together with China Music Vision.
This means that you (unsurprisingly) aren’t likely to see Björk, Maroon 5, Bon Jovi, Selena Gomez or Lady Gaga on this Grammys tour, all of whom have been banned from performing in the mainland due to their ties to the Dalai Lama.
However, these days it’s not just a fleeting meeting with His Holiness that will get you barred from China. Last month, Bejing’s culture ministry revealed that Justin Bieber had been blacklisted from the country due to his unspecified “bad behavior.”
It’s not clear what other celebs have made China’s naughty list, though apparently Ariana Grande is not one of them.
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