This year artists will receive pre-Grammy counterterrorism training

Thisyear,forthefirsttimeever,attendingartistswillbetrainedincounterterrorismandemergencysituationsaheadthisSunday'sGrammyAwards.

TheUSStateDepartmentandEuropeanUnionficialswillgiveall-daytrainingthedaybeforetheshowtohigh-prilemusicians.

Thepivotaldecisiontotakesuchmeasurescomesinlightrecentattacksonlarge-scalemusicevents.Althoughvenuesandawardshowstypicallyprovidestandardemergencyresponseguidelines,Saturday'sf-sitesessionswillmarktheonlytimeStateDepartmentandEuropeanUnionficialshavegivennon-event-specificeducationstraighttoartists.

AttendeesincludingPink,LittleBigTown,RuntheJewelsandYoungThugwillreceivespecializedbriefsonsituationalawareness,identifyingvulnerablepointsandtimesincreasedrisk,avoidingtimeandplacepredictabilityandcreatingcontingencyplans.

ISISexpertandformerUSStateDepartmentDirectorAnalytics,Dr.AmirBagherpour,speaksonthematter:"Behindarms,musicandentertainmentarethelargestWesternexports,andmusiciansandentertainersserveasambassadorsaroundtheworld.Attacksagainstthemgeneratealotcoverageandsendapowerfulmessage.Itmakessensethattheywouldbetargeted".

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