January 15, 2021

2021 Grammy Awards Postponed as a result of Coronavirus considerations

The 2021 Grammy Awards ceremony has been postponed, due to considerations in regards to the spread of the coronavirus. The Recording Academy introduced on Tuesday that the ceremony will now not take vicinity on Jan. 31, as up to now scheduled, but is as an alternative being pushed off unless March 14.

In most years, the awards ceremony takes location at the Staples middle in la, which is also the place the 2021 ceremony changed into scheduled to take place. The los angeles enviornment, besides the fact that children, is experiencing a significant increase of COVID-19 infections it is expected to aggravate, as NPR reported earlier Tuesday. The LA County director of fitness capabilities, Dr. Christina Ghaly, mentioned at a briefing Monday that many regional hospitals “have reached a point of disaster” and are being forced to make “very challenging choices about affected person care.”

The Recording Academy, its broadcast companion CBS, and the experience’s govt producer, Ben Winston (who is in his first year in that position), issued a joint statement Tuesday which read: “After considerate conversations with health consultants, our host and artists scheduled to seem, we’re rescheduling the 63rd Annual GRAMMY Awards to be broadcast Sunday, March 14, 2021. The deteriorating COVID condition in la, with health center functions being overwhelmed, ICUs having reached ability, and new assistance from state and local governments have all led us to conclude that suspending our show became the right thing to do. Nothing is extra essential than the fitness and security of these in our song group and the lots of of people who work tirelessly on producing the demonstrate.”

The information of the Grammy Awards’ delay changed into first reported Tuesday afternoon via Rolling Stone and range, which stated anonymous sources.

This 12 months become supposed to signify anything of a clean birth for the Grammys, which have been overshadowed final year by plenty of bombshell accusations made with the aid of the Recording Academy’s now-ousted, brief-lived former chief, Deborah Dugan, together with allegations of sexual misconduct in opposition t her predecessor, Neil Portnow, and the Academy’s familiar information and former board chair, Joel Katz (who each denied the accusations). She additionally made accusations of financial mismanagement, self-dealing and vote rigging. Dugan become replaced by means of the Academy’s chairman and now interim chief executive, Harvey Mason Jr.

[Up until about a decade ago, I was a Grammy voter, and also served on one of the small “craft” committees that judges one of a handful of Grammy categories outside the “nomination review” process, and that are not voted on by the general membership. In addition, my husband, Joshua Sherman, is also a former Grammy voter and Grammy committee member; he was also part of teams that created several Grammy-winning recordings, and he produced several other Grammy-nominated albums.]

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