The 63rd Grammy Awards will not take place later in January as earlier announced but will be held in March.
This new development was made known by the Recording Academy, CBS and show producers in a statement saying it will now take place on Sunday, March 14, 2021.
The situation with COVID-19 leading to hospitals being overwhelmed and governments offering new guidelines was sited as the reason for the postponement of the prestigious wards.
“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 statement 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.”
“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 statement added.
The statement was signed by Harvey Mason, Jr., chair and interim president and CEO of the Recording Academy; Jack Sussman, executive vice president of specials, music, live events and alternative programming for CBS and Grammy Awards executive producer Ben Winston.