The 2021 Grammy Awards have been postponed from the originally scheduled date of January 31 to March 14. Today (January 5), the Recording Academy issued a joint statement with CBS stating that the decision came “after thoughtful conversations with health experts.” It continued:
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.
The statement was signed by Harvey Mason jr., Chair & Interim President/CEO of the Recording Academy, Jack Sussman of CBS, and Ben Winston of Fulwell 73 Productions.
Prior to issuing the aforementioned statement, it had been reported by Entertainment Weekly that the new date for the Grammys ceremony would be March 21. The Recording Academy also added the date to their official calendar with a heading that read “63rd Annual Grammy Awards.” It appeared that the Grammy Awards Premiere Ceremony would also take place on March 21.
According to Rolling Stone, the Academy was planning to hold the Grammys without an audience or nominated artists, with only presenters and performing artists attending. Last June, it was announced that the Academy Awards would be postponed from their original date of February 28 to April 25.
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This article was originally published on Tuesday, January 5 at 2:52 p.m. Eastern. It was last updated on Wednesday, January 6 at 9:16 a.m. Eastern.
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