UPDATE (1/5/2021): The Recording Academy has been rescheduled to Sunday, March 14, 2021.
In a joint statement, Harvey Mason jr., Chair & Interim President/CEO of the Recording Academy, Jack Sussman, Executive Vice President, Specials, Music, Live Events and Alternative Programming, CBS, Ben Winston, GRAMMY Awards Executive Producer, Fulwell 73 Productions said, “After thoughtful conversations with health experts, our host and artists scheduled to appear, we are rescheduling the 63rd Annual GRAMMY Awards® to be broadcast Sunday, March 14, 2021. The deteriorating COVID situation in Los Angeles, with hospital services being overwhelmed, ICUs having reached capacity, and new guidance from state and local governments have all led us to conclude that postponing our show was the right thing to do. Nothing is more important than the health and safety of those in our music community and the hundreds of people who work tirelessly on producing the show.
We want to thank all of the talented artists, the staff, our vendors and especially this year’s nominees for their understanding, patience and willingness to work with us as we navigate these unprecedented times.”
The 2021 Grammy Awards have been postponed, eyeing a potential March date. The awards ceremony was set to take place on January 31.
The postponement comes as COVID-19 cases have been on the rise in Los Angeles. This year’s ceremony would have been modified regardless, only allowing presenters and performers on-site for the live show with winners appearing remotely to give speeches.
The biggest night in music has encountered several conflicts for this year’s show including The Weeknd’s snub and conflict on how certain acts were categorized.
While some awards shows were able to create hybrid shows before cases began increasing again, it is unclear when or how the Grammy Awards will proceed.
This year Beyoncé led the pack with nine nominations followed by Dua Lipa, Taylor Swift, and Roddy Ricch with six nominations each and BTS became the first Korean act to be nominated for an award.
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