Grammys 2021 moved to March 21, confirms Recording Academy

Grammys 2021 moved to March 21, confirms Recording Academy

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 Recording Academy, the organization behind the Grammys, hasn't issued an official statement, but Variety says a representative for the show confirmed the postponement.

The US state of California has been particularly hard hit by the spread of coronavirus, with ambulance workers in Los Angeles County being told not to transport patients with extremely low chances of survival to hospital.

The publication also cites that the Recording Academy and CBS have "faced many challenges in how safely to stage an event on the scale of the Grammys". And it's not the best time for that - particularly with one out of five people in Los Angeles right now who are tested for COVID-19 are turning out to be positive. It is the third state to reach the 25,000 death count.

This post was updated on Tuesday, January 4 at 4:50 include the new date for the 63rd Grammy Awards. That show honours the best performances in film and television. Nominated artists weren't even on the list of allowed personnel on location.

Beyoncé led all artists with nine nominations, while Dua Lipa, Taylor Swift, and rapper Roddy Ricch followed behind with six each. The MTV Video Music Awards featured Lady Gaga winning awards and performing onsite in a mask, and the Latin Grammys pre-taped several performances the week of the show, handing out some of its awards to the winners who attended the show.

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