The 2021 Grammy Awards ceremony has reportedly been postponed on account of increasing concerns regarding the spread of coronavirus. The Recording Academy declared on Tuesday that the ceremony will not be conducted on January 31, as previously scheduled and has been postponed to March 14.
The awards ceremony, in most years, is held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, which is where the 2021 ceremony was also scheduled to be conducted. However, it has been reported that the Los Angeles area is witnessing a considerable rise in COVID-19 infections and the situation is anticipated to get severe in future.
In this regard, Dr. Christina Ghaly, the LA County director of health services, has stated that several hospitals in the region have reached a point of crisis and are under the pressure of making very difficult decisions regarding patient care.
Meanwhile, The Recording Academy, broadcast partner CBS, and executive producer of the event, Ben Winston have given a joint statement on Tuesday stating that after thorough discussions with health experts, and the host and artists who were scheduled to appear, the team has decided to reschedule the 63rd Annual GRAMMY Awards to March 14, 2021.
Considering the deteriorating situation of COVID in Los Angeles, with hospitals being overwhelmed, ICUs reaching maximum capacity and new guidelines issued by state and local governments, the team arrived at the conclusion to postpone the show. They also added that the health and safety of the members of the music community and hundreds of people working tirelessly for the event production is of utmost importance to them and hence, postponing the event was the right thing to do given the circumstances.
As per credible sources, The Grammys will be held in Los Angeles at the Staples Centre. Los Angeles County. Moreover, Trevor Noah, The Daily Show host and comedian will host the ceremony, where Beyoncé is the leading contender with her nine nominations.