LOS ANGELES, CA — The Grammys will be moved to March 14, away from its previously scheduled date of January 31 due to the renewed surge of coronavirus in Los Angeles. After several outlets reported the awards show would be moved, the Recording Academy issued an official statement announcing the new day.
“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 Recording Academy said. “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.”
According to Variety, a combination of health and travel concerns caused the Recording Academy and CBS to postpone the show. Conflicting reports around scheduled performances had also created muddled information leading up to the event, Variety reports.
The show was expected to be held at Staples Center without an audience, a sharp contrast from the typical glamorous extravaganza welcoming much of the music industry to the arena. Award recipients were to accept their prizes remotely, rather than giving an in-person speech on stage.
Beyonce is the top nominee this year, with nine nods including record and song of the year for “Black Parade,” while Dua Lipa, Roddy Ricch and Taylor Swift each have six. The Weeknd made headlines after being snubbed from the nominations list, despite his song “Blinding Lights” setting numerous chart records and his prior conversations with the Academy about a performance during the show.