The world might have celebrated our departure from 2020 into 2021 but Covid-19 keeps reminding us of its effects in our world, as the 63rd annual Grammy Awards is the latest to be affected by the pandemic.

The recent rise in cases in California has been one of concern and that has inherently caused the awards show to be rescheduled to March.

An official statement from The Academy and CBS reads: “After thoughtful conversations with health experts, our host, and artists scheduled to appear, we are rescheduling the 63rd Grammy Awards to March 21, 2021.

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.”

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