The 2021 Grammy Awards ceremony scheduled to take place on January 31 is now to be hosted on March 14 2021.
The postponement came about due to concerns about the spread of the according to the Recording Academy.
The Recording Academy, its broadcast partner CBS, and the event’s executive producer, Ben Winston issued a joint statement Tuesday which read: “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.”
The 63rd Annual Grammy Awards will be hosted by Trevor Noah and nominees include Beyoncé, Dua Lipa, Roddy Ricch and Taylor Swift.
This year was supposed to represent something of a fresh start for the Grammys, which were overshadowed last year by a variety of accusations made by the Recording Academy’s now-ousted, short-lived former chief, Deborah Dugan, including allegations of sexual misconduct against her predecessor, Neil Portnow, and the Academy’s general counsel and former board chair, Joel Katz (who both denied the accusations). She also made accusations of financial mismanagement, self-dealing and vote rigging. Dugan was replaced by the Academy’s chairman and now interim chief executive, Harvey Mason Jr.