The 2021 Grammy Awards will no longer take place this month in Los Angeles and will instead broadcast in March due to a recent surge in coronavirus cases and deaths. The annual show will shift from its original January 31 broadcast to March 14.
”After thoughtful conversations with health experts, our host and artists scheduled to appear, we are rescheduling the 63rd annual Grammy award to be broadcast Sunday, March 14, 2021, a statement reads.
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 statement was signed by Recording Academy interim president Harvey Mason Jr., CBS live music specials executive Jack Sussman, and Grammy Awards producer Ben Winston.
Beyoncé leads the 2021 Grammy nominations with nine, followed by Dua Lipa, Taylor Swift, and Roddy Ricch, who each have six.