COVID-19: Grammy Awards Postponed Due To Coronavirus Concerns In The US

The 63rd Grammy Awards show which was billed to occur on the 31st of January,2020 has been postponed due to the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic.

According to reports, the show which is meant to be hosted by Trevor Noah has been rescheduled to happen in March 2021. The Grammys organizers had planned to go without having an audience and only allow presenters and performers to be on-site during the show. It was stated nominated acts like Nigeria’s Burna Boy and Wizkid who were nominated for Best Global Album and Video Of The Year respectively and others would not be able to be there either.

The 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 reads:

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.

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.

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