According to The Recording Academy announced on Tuesday, the 2021 Grammy Awards has been postponed, due to concerns about the spread of the coronavirus. The ceremony will not hold on Jan. 31, as previously scheduled, but is instead being pushed back to March 14.
In most years, the awards ceremony takes place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, which is also where the 2021 ceremony was scheduled to occur. The Los Angeles area, however, is experiencing a significant increase of COVID-19 infections that is expected to worsen, as NPR reported earlier Tuesday.
The state department of public health reports more than 2.4 million cases and 27,000 deaths in the state. Almost 22,000 people are hospitalized with coronavirus, with more than 4,600 people in ICU. There is zero ICU capacity in the San Joaquin Valley and Southern California.
The Grammys had planned on a limited show for 2021. The audience completely forgoing and allowing only presenters and performers on-site during the show. It has not allowed nominated artists on-site either, likely leading to a situation similar to the Emmys 2020 where nominees appeared and took awards remotely. The nominations of Grammys 2021 were led by Beyoncé who picked up nine nominations, while Dua Lipa, Taylor Swift and Roddy Ricch followed behind with six nods each.