2021 Grammy Awards Postponed Due To Coronavirus Concerns

The 2021 Grammy Awards event is being delayed, due to coronavirus issues.

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The 2021 Grammy Awards event is being postponed, due to coronavirus issues.

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In many years, the awards event happens at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, which is also where the 2021 ceremony was scheduled to take location. The Los Angeles location, however, is experiencing a substantial boost of COVID-19 infections that is anticipated to aggravate, as NPR reported earlier Tuesday. The LA County director of health services, Dr. Christina Ghaly, said at an instruction Monday that numerous regional hospitals “have reached a point of crisis” and are being required to make “very tough decisions about client care.”

In many years, the awards event takes location at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, which is likewise where the 2021 ceremony was arranged to take location. The Recording Academy, its broadcast partner CBS, and the occasions executive manufacturer, Ben Winston (who is in his very first year in that role), provided a joint statement Tuesday which checked out: “After thoughtful conversations with health specialists, our host and artists arranged to appear, we are rescheduling the 63rd Annual GRAMMY Awards to be broadcast Sunday, March 14, 2021. Up up until about a decade earlier, I was a Grammy voter, and likewise served on one of the little “craft” committees that judges one of a handful of Grammy categories outside the “election review” process, and that are not voted on by the general subscription. In addition, my hubby, Joshua Sherman, is likewise a former Grammy citizen and Grammy committee member; he was likewise part of teams that produced a number of Grammy-winning recordings, and he produced a number of other Grammy-nominated albums.

This year was supposed to represent something of a fresh start for the Grammys, which were overshadowed last year by a range of bombshell allegations made by the Recording Academys now-ousted, short-lived former chief, Deborah Dugan, consisting of accusations of sexual misconduct versus her predecessor, Neil Portnow, and the Academys basic counsel and previous board chair, Joel Katz (who both denied the accusations). Up till about a decade ago, I was a Grammy citizen, and likewise served on one of the little “craft” committees that judges one of a handful of Grammy classifications outside the “nomination evaluation” procedure, and that are not voted on by the general membership. In addition, my spouse, Joshua Sherman, is also a previous Grammy citizen and Grammy committee member; he was likewise part of groups that produced numerous Grammy-winning recordings, and he produced several other Grammy-nominated albums.

The news of the Grammy Awards delay was initially reported Tuesday afternoon by Rolling Stone and Variety, which cited confidential sources.

The 2021 Grammy Awards ceremony has been held off, due to concerns about the spread of the coronavirus. The Recording Academy revealed on Tuesday that the ceremony will not happen on Jan. 31, as formerly scheduled, but is instead being pressed off up until March 14.

The Recording Academy, its broadcast partner CBS, and the events executive manufacturer, Ben Winston (who is in his first year in that role), issued a joint declaration Tuesday which read: “After thoughtful discussions with health professionals, our host and artists arranged to appear, we are rescheduling the 63rd Annual GRAMMY Awards to be transmitted Sunday, March 14, 2021. The deteriorating COVID situation in Los Angeles, with health center services being overwhelmed, ICUs having reached capability, and new guidance from state and city governments have all led us to conclude that delaying our program was the right thing to do. Nothing is more vital than the health and wellness of those in our music neighborhood and the numerous people who work tirelessly on producing the show.”