The Recording Academy has reportedly decided to delay the awards ceremony to later this year.
The Grammys had already planned to have a limited show due to the COVID-19 crisis. The awards ceremony had completely eliminated its audience and was only going to allow performers and presenters on-site during the show. As well, similar to the 2020 Emmys, nominees wouldn’t have been allowed on-site, causing them to accept awards remotely over video.
Although the Recording Academy has not released an official statement yet, Rolling Stone reports that multiple sources say the awards ceremony is being postponed. According to the report, the 2021 Grammys may be moved to sometime in March. However, no official date has been revealed.
Currently, the United States is seeing a surge in coronavirus cases. In particular, California, where the 2021 Grammys is set to happen, is one of the states seeing the largest uptick in COVID-19 cases. According to the Los Angeles Times, the state set a single-day record of 74,000 new cases on Jan. 4th. The latest surge is likely due to large gatherings and travel over the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.
Although no presenters and performers have been announced yet, comedian Trevor Noah is set to host the 2021 Grammys. As well, back in November, the Recording Academy announced the official nominees for this year’s award show. Beyonce is the leader of the pack with a total of nine nominations. Meanwhile, Dua Lipa, Taylor Swift and Roddy Ricch trail behind with six nominations each.
The Grammys received some criticism after the nominations were announced. Halsey, the Weeknd and Nicki Minaj were among the artists to speak publicly about the corruption and industry bias that goes into the nomination selections.
Power Trip and Body Count are among the artists nominated in this year’s Best Metal Performance category. Ice-T recently revealed why he would still feel like he won if Power Trip took home the award over Body Count.
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