The awards ceremony, which celebrates the best in music, has been postponed due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, according to a joint statement from the Recording Academy, CBS and show producers. It 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.