Grammy Awards Postponed Until March Due to Covid-19 Concerns

The Grammy Awards, which were scheduled to take place in Los Angeles at the end of this month, are now being postponed until March 14, according to Variety. Grammy officials say the decision came after consulting with medical experts as well as some of the artists, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

“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,” Harvey Mason Jr., chair and interim president/CEO of the Recording Academy, said. “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 new date is the same one organizers for this year’s SAG Awards had previously chosen after also postponing that ceremony due to the pandemic. SAG officials have expressed their displeasure at the fact both awards will now be held on the same night.

Due to the pandemic, Recording Academy officials had already planned a more scaled back awards show with no audience on site at Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles and no nominated singers there. The plan was for only performers and those who are presenting to actually be in attendance. It is not clear yet exactly how the March ceremony will be conducted.

The Grammy Awards are scheduled to air on CBS. They will be hosted by “The Daily Show’s” Trevor Noah.