The 2021 Grammys Have Been Delayed Over COVID-19 Concerns [Updated]

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UPDATE (1/6/21, 4:37 p.m. ET): The Recording Academy has announced the 2021 Grammys have officially been rescheduled to March 14. Recording Academy executives issued the following joint statement. Find the original post 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.”

The 2021 Grammys show was set to air on January 31, but according to new reports, organizers have postponed the event due to COVID-19 safety concerns. Organizers confirmed the delay to both Rolling Stone and Variety on Tuesday (January 5).

No new date has been set for the broadcast, though organizers are reportedly looking to reschedule for sometime in March.

The awards show was to take place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, currently one of the biggest hubs for the virus in the nation. Around 7,600 people are hospitalized with COVID-19 in Los Angeles County, and one person dies from COVID-19 every 15 minutes, the county’s public health director said this week.

Rolling Stone reports the show was to have no in-person audience and planned on only letting presenters and performers on site; winners were likely to have accepted their awards remotely.

This year’s Grammy-nominee field is led by BeyoncĂ© with nine, followed by Dua Lipa, Taylor Swift, and Roddy Ricch with six each. 2021 also marks some category changes for the Grammys. Best Urban Contemporary Album has been renamed Best Progressive R&B Album, Best Rap/Sung Performance is now called Best Melodic Rap Performance, Best World Music Album is now known as Best Global Music Album, among others.

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