By Francisco Salazar
UPDATE: The Grammy Awards are being postponed until March 14.
In a statement 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, they said, “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 Grammy Awards have been postponed.
According to Variety, the show which was set to be aired on Jan. 31 on CBS, may be moved to March, although no date was confirmed.
The reason for postponing the award ceremony was due to a combination of health and travel concerns as well as the spike in coronavirus cases.
The Grammys are considered the biggest night in music and generally hold up to 18,000 people in the building where the ceremony is held. This year Beyonce, Dua Lipa, and Taylor Swift led the field with the most nominations.
In the opera categories Angel Blue, Eric Owens, Joyce DiDonato, David Butt Philip, Cecilia Bartoli, and Elena Tsallagova were nominated as well as Nicholas Phan, J’nai Bridges, Isabel Leonard, and Raehann Bryce-Davis.