Grammys Get Postponed To Spring 2021 Over Coronavirus Concerns

Grammys Get Postponed To Spring 2021 Over Coronavirus Concerns

Grammys Get Postponed To Spring 2021 Over Coronavirus Concerns

The ceremony will now take place on Sunday, March 14 — hopefully a better time for the LA country.

The ceremony will now take place on Sunday, March 14 — hopefully a better time for the LA country.

Text: Valerie Stepanova

The 2021 Grammy Awards ceremony has officially been rescheduled to March 14, 2021 — and as with many things during this time, the novel coronavirus is to blame. Citing the "deteriorating COVID situation in Los Angeles" and concerns expressed by health experts, artists and the host, the Recording Academy decided to shift the event to later in the year, hopefully alleviating some of the burden placed on the LA County hospital system that is already stretched too thin.

The show had already planned to limit the audience and only have presenters and performers on-site during the big music ceremony. Even the nominated artists wouldn't make it on-site, which sounds similar to the 2020 Emmys where the Television Academy gave out and had the nominees accept their awards WFH-style.

To recap, the 2021 nominations were led by Beyoncé who was recognized in nine categories. Other notable nominees include Dua Lipa, Taylor Swift and Roddy Ricch who have garnered six nominations apiece. Billie Eilish, Harry Styles, Megan Thee Stallion, Doja Cat and BTS were also featured across categories. The Weekend, however, was notoriously snubbed by the Recording Academy, raising eyebrows and questions about the Academy's corrupt ethos.

Read the full statement released by the Recording Academy below:

"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."

Credits: Image courtesy of Twitter

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