The 2021 Grammy Awards are no longer going forward this month.
The upcoming awards show, which was scheduled for Jan. 31, has been postponed to March 14 according to a statement released by the Recording Academy on Tuesday.
“The deteriorating COVID situation in Los Angeles, with hospital services being overwhelmed, ICUs having 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,” the Recording Academy said in a statement. “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.”
The postponement is due to increasing health and travel concerns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic and because of the spike in cases and deaths in Los Angeles, where the ceremony is planning to take place. Los Angeles, as well as many other parts of California, are currently under stay-at-home orders.
Nominations for the 2021 Grammy Awards were released on Nov. 24, with Beyoncé receiving the most nominations with nine nods for record of the year and song of the year for her hit “Black Parade” and as a featured artist for Megan Thee Stallion’s song “Savage.”
The Grammys have long been a highly anticipated awards show thanks to its high-fashion red carpet that’s seen some of the most memorable fashion moments of all time, from Jennifer Lopez’s plunging green Versace dress in 2000 to Rihanna’s bubblegum pink Giambattista Valli gown in 2015. The show has also produced several unforgettable performances from the likes of Beyoncé, Kendrick Lamar, Michael Jackson, Lady Gaga and more.
The 2021 Grammys was initially going to include only presenters and performers, as well as its host “The Daily Show” host Trevor Noah.
The new date, however, conflicts with the 2021 SAG Awards, which is also being held on March 14. SAG-AFTRA, which is behind the awards show, released a statement on Tuesday sharing its disappointment over the scheduling change.
“We are extremely disappointed to hear of the conflicting date, March 14th, announced today for this year’s Grammy Awards telecast,” SAG-AFTRA said in a statement. “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 organizations throughout the industry.”
The Recording Academy has not yet responded to the guild’s statement.
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