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Grammy Awards Postponed to March

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LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 12: A GRAMMY statue is displayed during Motown 60: A GRAMMY Celebration at Microsoft Theater on February 12, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rich Polk/Getty Images for The Recording Academy)

This year’s Grammy Awards, which were supposed to take place later this month, have been postponed. According to Rolling Stone, Concerns over COVID-19 and travel forced the Recording Academy to move the Jan. 31 date to March 14.

Here’s what 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 had to say in a joint statement:

“After thoughtful conversations with health experts, our network partner CBS, our host, and artists scheduled to appear, we have made the decision to postpone the 63rd GRAMMY Awards to March 21, 2021. The deteriorating COVID situation in Los Angeles, where hospital services have been overwhelmed, ICUs have 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. The show will go on and we will unite and heal through music by celebrating excellence and saluting this year’s outstanding nominees.”

The Trevor Noah-hosted event was set to feature limited attendance similar to this year’s Emmys, but with Los Angeles currently the epicenter of the pandemic and the Grammys set to take place downtown, this seems like this would be a wise move.

Beyoncé led the pack with nine nominations while Dua Lipa, Taylor Swift and Roddy Ricch had six nominations apiece.