Rain had been forecast for Las Vegas since Monday. But come Thursday afternoon, when it came time for artists to start walking the green carpet at the Latin Grammys, the water was coming down and there was no contingency plan in place.
The carpet never opened and fans were left outside complaining while camera crews scrambled to set up inside the media room at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center.
"Due to rare weather conditions we have accommodated as many extra media outlets as possible to rooms in the media center inside the venue so that everyone has an opportunity to obtain coverage of nominees, presenters and performers for the 14th annual Latin Grammy Awards," a statement distributed to media at 5 p.m. read, three hours after the carpet closure. "We thank everyone for their patience and cooperation."
For some media, it was a hard pill to take.
"It is the reason we all flew out, money was spent, creativity was spent and now it's all a huge wash for something that could have and should have been managed: rain," Miriam Isa, host of Clever Media, a YouTube entertainment network, said.
For publicists and artists, the carpet closure meant missing out on interviews that could have aired region-wide.
"It's horrible for the artists who get clothing from designers, for artists who would otherwise have no press," one label representative said. "Also, there are so many new artists who traveled from overseas and they have nothing."
Although many artists walked the red carpet at the Person of the year ceremony the night before, most artists didn't.
"It affects the lesser-known acts and those that aren't performing," Mayna Nevarez, CEO of Nevarez Communication, a public relations and marketing firm, said. "They could have done interviews with media from all over the world."
At the media room, camera crews did their best to set up and, in all fairness, more artists than usual were taken to the room for the press. But for many outlets who were counting on one on one interviews, the access was not the same and it was certainly not what was planned.
"I already have material," Guillermo Gilabert, on-air/online manager of music contents and artists for Radio Disney Latin America, said. He had flown in from Argentina. "But it's really a shame for us, and for the artists."
There was, however, one silver lining: Those artists, winners and nominees who did make it to the media room got more time than usual with the press.