How Grammys broke traffic rules to bring Mariah Carey in a golf cart to present award on stage

Stephen Nartey February 09, 2024
Mariah Carey/Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons

The Grammys possibly violated traffic laws on Sunday to ensure Mariah Carey’s timely arrival at the awards ceremony amidst Los Angeles’ chaotic traffic due to heavy rainfall. Carey found herself stranded on the freeway in an SUV before the event commenced. But luckily she made it in time to present the award for Best Pop Solo Performance to Miley Cyrus at the Grammys.

This had to be made possible by a golf cart and some courage that conveyed her to the Grammys. Executive producer Ben Winston explained on the February 6 episode of Rolling Stone Music Now podcast that they had to be quick in thinking and resourceful and what came to mind was the golf cart.

They learned of this crisis through co-EP, Patrick Menton, who announced 15 minutes from the show, “We’re not sure SZA is going to make it back in time for her performance – she went to a hotel to get glammed, and she can’t get back in. Burna Boy was stuck in traffic and might not make it. And you definitely won’t have Mariah, Kacey [Musgraves], Christina Aguilera, and Lizzo. All stuck in traffic.”

This meant Carey’s timely arrival at the Grammys was non-negotiable, according to Hola. Winston disclosed that they drove a golf cart against traffic on the freeway to ensure Carey was on stage on time. Amidst pouring rain, four individuals shielded her with umbrellas to prevent her from getting soaked before taking the stage.

Carey appeared flawless when she graced the stage to present the award to Miley Cyrus, who nearly missed it.

 “I just got stuck in the rain and traffic,” the “7 Things” singer said. “And thought I was gonna miss this moment.”

Cyrus, who had Carey stay on stage, also chipped in by saying “I could have missed the award, that’s fine … But not Mariah Carey.”

Last Edited by:Mildred Europa Taylor Updated: February 9, 2024


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