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PHOTO: Recording Academy Postpone 2021 Grammys

PHOTO: Recording Academy Postpone 2021 Grammys
PHOTO: Recording Academy Postpone 2021 Grammys

The Recording Academy has postponed 2021 Grammys, which was due to hold on Jan. 31, 2021, due to COVID-19.

The Grammys, which celebrates the best in music, was postponed due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, according to a joint statement from the Recording Academy, CBS and show producers. 

The 2021 Grammys will now take place on Sunday, March 14, 2021, the statement said.

The event had been set to take place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on January 31, with “The Daily Show” host Trevor Noah acting as host.

“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.”

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.

“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.

This latest announcement means, our very own Burna Boy who was nominated for the second time in a row, will have to wait a few more weeks before he finally gets his hands on his first-ever Grammy. 

According to Deadline, the move to postpone the Grammy awards ceremony is coming just one day after the union that represents actors and media professionals, SAG-AFTRA, called for a production hold in COVID-plagued Southern California.

“Southern California hospitals are facing a crisis the likes of which we have never seen before. Patients are dying in ambulances waiting for treatment because hospital emergency rooms are overwhelmed. This is not a safe environment for in-person production right now,” SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris said in a statement on Monday.

In its guidance, the union encouraged members to stay home and decline on-set employment.

“Even putting aside the risk of acquiring COVID on set — a risk that we have done a great deal to mitigate through our safety protocols — on-set production always poses some risk of injury, whether because of a stunt gone wrong, an equipment failure or a garden-variety fall. Right now, with few if any hospital beds available, it is hard to understand how a worker injured on set is supposed to seek treatment,” SAG-AFTRA National Executive Director David White said.

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