The 2021 Grammy Awards are being postponed until March 14 due to coronavirus-related concerns, a rep for the show confirmed recently.
“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,” 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 is signed by Harvey Mason jr., Chair & Interim President/CEO of the Recording Academy; Jack Sussman, Executive Vice President, Specials, Music, Live Events and Alternative Programming, CBS; and Ben Winston, Grammy Awards Executive Producer, Fulwell 73 Productions.
The show, which is scheduled to be hosted by “The Daily Show’s” Trevor Noah, was originally scheduled for January 31st. However, the move to postpone the show is not a surprise given the current pandemic situation.
For months, the Grammys have been contending with the countless complications involved in staging a major awards show that ordinarily has an audience of 18,000-plus people — self-billed as “Music’s Biggest Night” — during a pandemic.
According to Variety, Mason’s initial general plan was to hold the event at its longtime home of the Staples Center in Los Angeles, with either a limited or no audience. In late November, he said the show would be held “in and around Downtown Los Angeles,” opening the possibility that performances could be staged from multiple venues in that area.
The 63rd Annual Grammy Awards were originally scheduled for January 31st
In a brief interview with Billboard published last month, Winston, who is executive-producing his first Grammy show this year, said he was “looking to do something quite exciting with independent venues” either in or around the 2021 show.
“I’m so struck by the independent music venues around the world, and I’m aware of how hard hit that side of the industry has been. I’m looking to do something quite exciting with the independent venues — supporting them and putting a spotlight on them in what has been a really tough year for them.”
The venues will receive aid as part of the Save Our Stages Act, which was passed into law along with the stimulus bill last month.
Mason told Variety late in November that the Grammys were looking at other shows for ideas, but “It’s gonna be a show that’s different from the other awards shows that have happened at this point,” he said. “We’re going to determine as we get a little bit closer what we’re going to do with our audience, but we have some really cool and special things that are coming together for our show.”
Last summer, the Academy Awards announced that their 2021 show would be moved from its usual February date to April. But let’s not forget that the awards show has been plagued with a number of controversies in the past 3 to 4 years citing concerns ranging from a lack of gender and racial diversity to the sudden ouster of Mason’s predecessor, Deborah Dugan, just days before the 2020 show.
The same can be said for last year when the Weeknd, who expected to be nominated at the awards was snubbed of an opportunity last November after being considered one of the year’s most commercially and critically successful artists.
Author: Allan Bangirana
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