The 2021 Grammys reportedly won’t go ahead as scheduled later this month, according to a report originally released by Rolling Stoneundefined and later confirmed with Varietyundefined. Due to the worsening COVID-19 situation, both nationally and in Los Angeles in particular, the Recording Academy is looking to push the ceremony back to Sunday, March 14.
The organization released a statement explaining its reasoning: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.
Organizers had already planned a limited ceremony with no audience, but California’s dire COVID-19 situation pushed them to rethink their plan.
Trevor Noah was set to host the ceremony, where artists like Beyoncé, Dua Lipa, Taylor Swift, and Roddy Ricch are nominated for multiple awards. It was originally scheduled to air January 31, 2021 at 8 pm ET on CBS.
Read Rolling Stoneundefinedundefined’s full report here.