2021 GRAMMY Awards Ceremony 1/31 Postponed Due to COVID-19, Rescheduled to 3/14

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The 2021 GRAMMY Awards have been pushed back, with organizers “eyeing” a March 14 event rather than the planned (and previously detailed) Jan. 31 event.

Little was known about how the Jan. 31 event was to work, logistically, due to concerns regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, and those concerns escalated as infection rates soared and, now, have resulted in a delay. Whether a March event — just a little over two months from now — remains feasible given the circumstances remains to be seen.

More on the new date, per Variety:

Originally, the Jan. 31 GRAMMY Awards ceremony was to feature Trevor Noah as a host, though the format of the show had yet to be determined. Official nominations were announced on Nov. 24, with a number of notable albums and artists from the past year or so up for major awards.

Per Variety, organizers had been discussing making the adapted 2021 event an expanded affair due to the pandemic, with a potential focus on the independent venues that have been hit so hard in the past year (with the #SaveOurStages act being included in the coronavirus relief package from Congress in late 2020):

While interim Grammy chief Harvey Mason, Jr. told Variety last summer that the initial general plan was to hold the event at its longtime home of the 18,000-capacity Staples Center in Los Angeles, with either a limited or no audience, in recent weeks he said the show would be held “in and around Downtown Los Angeles,” opening the possibility that performances could be staged from multiple venues in that area. In a brief interview with Billboard published last month, new Grammys executive producer Ben Winston said he was “looking to do something quite exciting with independent venues” either in or around the 2021 show.

Whenever the ceremony does take place, the 63rd GRAMMY Awards will once again recognize the most illustrious stand-out artists, albums and achievements in the music business, and the nominees were officially revealed during a live stream event, with the full list available at the official GRAMMYs website.

With California dealing with major issues regarding the spread of COVID-19, not to mention the general uncertainty surrounding vaccine distribution at the moment, it will be interesting to see what happens with this reschedule plan.

Stay tuned …

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