The 2021 Grammy Awards, originally for January 31, now has been postponed due to the ongoing pandemic condition, and it will no longer take place this month in Los Angeles.
Due to concern about the spread of the coronavirus cases and deaths, Recording Academy announced on Tuesday (January 5) that the annual ceremony is shifted to March 14. Once a year’s show is now moved to broadcast on March 14, according to a statement from both Recording Academy and their network partner CBS.
The Recording Academy chairman and interim chief Harvey Mason Jr. states that after having the thoughtful conversation with health experts, and their network partner CBS, their host, and artist, they made the final decision to postpone the annual 63rd Grammy Awards.
He concluded, “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 shows 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.”
He added, “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 show will go on and we will unite and heal through music by celebrating and saluting this year’s outstanding nominees.”
For the 2021 Grammy Awards, Body Count, Poppy, Power Trip are among the big names nominees of The Best Metal Performance, which are due on March 14. Despite this, the main reason behind to postponement of the ceremony is due to the highest rates of coronavirus cases in Los Angeles.