“Music’s Biggest Night” was originally scheduled to take place on January 31, 2021 but according to several reports, The Recording Academy has postponed the 63rd annual GRAMMY Awards due to COVID-19 spike.
While The Recording Academy has yet to confirm the postponement of the annual event or announce a new date for the awards show, which was originally set to take place at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, multiple sources have told Rolling Stone that “they are aiming to hold the event sometime in March.”
According to Rolling Stone, “The Grammys had already planned on a limited show for 2021, forgoing an audience completely and only allowing presenters and performers on-site during the show. Nominated artists wouldn’t have been allowed on-site either, likely leading to a situation similar to the 2020 Emmys where nominees appeared and accepted awards remotely.”
With a recent spike in COVID-19 cases following the holidays, California set a new single-day record of 74,000 news cases on January 4th, according to The Los Angeles Times. Due to the surge and the hospital system being so overcrowded from the pandemic, L.A. County Emergency Medical Services Agency has directed ambulance crew to not transfer patients who have virtually no chance of surviving.
Beyoncé led the 2021 GRAMMY nominations with nine nods, while Taylor Swift, Dua Lipa and Roddy Rich trailed behind the superstar with six nominations each.
Trevor Noah was originally set to host the coveted event this year but it is unclear if he will be hosting the show when it is rescheduled.