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2021 Grammy Awards postponed until March due to COVID-19

Billie Eilish
Posted at 3:12 PM, Jan 05, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-05 20:52:33-05

The Recording Academy officially announced Tuesday that the Grammy's have been postponed until March 14 because of COVID-19.

In a tweet, Grammy officials said they rescheduled the awards show after speaking with health experts, Trevor Noah, and artists amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic..

In a joint statement, 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 said that due to ongoing pandemic, they were pushing back the awards show.

"After thoughtful conversations with health experts, our host, and artists scheduled to appear, we are rescheduling the 63rd Annual GRAMMY Awards® to be broadcast Sunday, March 14, 2021," the statement said. "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. 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."

According to The Los Angeles Times, California set a new single-day record Monday with 74,000 new cases.

Beyoncé leads the nominees with nine nominations including record of the year and song of the year, while fellow artists Roddy Ricch, Dua Lipa, and Taylor Swift snagged six nominations apiece.

"Daily Show's" Trevor Noah is set to host.

This story is breaking and will be updated.

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