Multiple sources have confirmed to Rolling Stone and Variety that the 2021 Grammys have been postponed due to COVID-19. Originally slated for January 31st, the music outlets have stated that—while sources have not confirmed a new date—The Recording Academy will hold the annual award show sometime in March.
While the Academy has already announced the nominees for this year, the organization only recently revealed that no audience would be allowed on site. Rather, only presenters and performers would be permitted to attend, which would force nominees to stay home and accept their awards remotely, similar to the 2020 awards. The Daily Show host Trevor Noah was set to emcee the Grammys, though whether or not he is still on tap to do so is unclear.
As the proposed January 31st date draws ever closer, coronavirus cases continue to surge in California following the holiday season. Even as vaccine distribution begins across the country this comes against the backdrop of a recent order from the Los Angeles County Medical Services Agency for ambulance crews to ration oxygen and not to transfer patients who have virtually no chance of surviving.
This is a developing story.
[H/T Rolling Stones]