Grammys 2021 Postponed to March

The 2021 Grammy Awards have been postponed from the originally scheduled January 31st to March 14th. Today (Jan. 5), the Recording Academy issued a joint statement with CBS stating that the decision was made “after thoughtful discussions with health professionals.” It went on:

The worsening COVID situation in Los Angeles, where hospital services were overwhelmed, intensive care units had reached capacity, and new guidelines from state and local governments led us to conclude that postponing our show was the right thing to do. Nothing is more important than the health and safety of our music scene and the hundreds of people who work tirelessly to produce the show.

The statement was signed by Harvey Mason Jr., Chairman and Interim President / CEO of the Recording Academy, Jack Sussman of CBS and Ben Winston of Fulwell 73 Productions.

Prior to the release of the above statement, Entertainment Weekly reported that the new date for the Grammys ceremony would be March 21st. The Recording Academy also added the date to their official calendar with the heading “63. Annual Grammy Awards ”. It seemed that the Grammy Awards premiere would also be on March 21st.

According to Rolling Stone, the academy planned to hold the Grammys with no audience or nominated artists, with only presenters and performing artists in attendance. Last June it was announced that the Academy Awards would be postponed from its original February 28th to April 25th.

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This article was originally published on Tuesday, January 5th at 2:52 pm Eastern. It was last updated on January 5th at 6:45 pm Eastern.

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