Billboard Music Awards host Nick Jonas says he and the producers have turned the challenges raised by the COVID-19 pandemic into an opportunity to create a unique awards show.
“Because of some of the obstacles that are just naturally there because of COVID and other things, we’ve had to think outside the box and we view this as an opportunity to bring a really unique show to the table,” the actor, singer and The Voice coach told The Hollywood Reporter of Sunday’s ceremony. “We’re working closely with the production, the design team, the producers to build a show that feels really different, feels special, that we can look back on in 10 years and go, ‘Wow what an amazing moment in time that was.’”
A group of about 100 public relations firms also said that they would continue to advise their clients not to work with the HFPA.
Netflix cut ties with the organization at about the same time. “[W]e don’t believe these proposed new policies — particularly around the size and speed of membership growth — will tackle the HFPA’s systemic diversity and inclusion challenges, or the lack of clear standards for how your members should operate,” the streamers boss Ted Sarandos wrote in a May 6 letter to the HFPA. “So we’re stopping any activities with your organization until more meaningful changes are made.”
(Excerpt) Read more in: The Hollywood Reporter