Covid 19 Concerns Postpone Grammy Awards

January 5, 2021

You’re going to have to wait a little bit for this year’s Grammy Awards (the 63rd annual, hosted by The Daily Show’s Trevor Noah.). The awards were originally scheduled to take place on January 31 but COVID-19 concerns have pushed the date (tentatively) back to March 21, 2021.

As you might expect, health and travel concerns are what led to the decision to postpone this year’s event. If you’ve been keeping up with the pandemic south of the border, you know that Los Angeles is steadily becoming the epicentre of the pandemic. More than 7,600 people are hospitalized with COVID in LA County.

Here is the statement The Recording Academy chairman and interim chief Harvey Mason Jr. released: 

“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.”

This year’s “Best Metal Performance” Grammy nominees is a tough one to call. You have In This Moment, Body Count, Poppy, Code Orange and Power Trip competing.

Last year, Tool won a Grammy in the “Best Metal Performance” category.

What do you think? Will The Grammys happen in March or will it get postponed again?

I’m normally a pretty optimistic person, but I don’t think COVID will be under control enough to make it happen (with people attending) by then.


Written by Todd Hancock

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