Due to concerns related to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the 2021 Grammy Awards have been postponed.
The event, which was due to take place on January 31st, has now seen organisers push the ceremony back until March 14th. This postponement is due to rising infection numbers in Los Angeles and the state of California. On Monday, the LA County Department of Public Health reported 9,142 new Covid cases and an additional 77 deaths in the state. The area is currently the epicentre of the pandemic in the US and has recorded 818,000 coronavirus cases and suffering more than 10,700 deaths due to the virus.
Hospitals in California are now at maximum capacity, which has meant that patients have started to being treated in outdoor tents and parking lots. Therefore, holding the Grammy Awards and flying in people from all over to the globe would be a somewhat senseless act.
“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,” said a statement from the Recording Academy, which runs the Grammys.
The statement continued: “We announced the same date for the SAG Awards last July with the intent to give the greatest possible scheduling consideration for other awards shows. We expect the same consideration from sister organisations throughout the industry.”
The nominations for the 2021 Grammys have seen Dua Lipa, Taylor Swift, Beyoncé and Billie Eilish receive the most inclusions. Meanwhile, Phoebe Bridgers received four nominations. Fontaines D.C. received a much-deserved nomination for Best Rock Album with Far Out’s Best Album of 2020, A Hero’s Death, as did Micheal Kiwanuka after receiving a nomination for 2019’s Kiwanuka.