The 63rd annual Grammy Awards have been postponed due to a rise in COVID-19 cases in Los Angeles.
According to multiple reports, the Recording Academy said Tuesday that the ceremony would be moved to Sunday, March 14, from its original date of Jan. 31. It will still take place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
The news comes amid a surge in COVID-19 cases and hospital admissions in the L.A. area, with the city’s residents being urged to stay home as much as possible.
“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,” organizers said in a statement. “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.”
“Music’s biggest night” has already been scaled down due to the pandemic; there will be no red carpet and no audience.
Performers will be announced at a later date.
Late Latin music icon Selena is one of six honorees that will receive the 2021 Special Merit Award, the Lifetime Achievement Award that recognizes performers who have “made outstanding contributions of artistic significance to the field of recording.”
“As we welcome the new class of Special Merit Award honorees, it gives us a chance to reward and recognize the influence they’ve had in the music community regardless of genre,” said Harvey Mason Jr., Interim President/CEO of the Recording Academy. “As a music creator and music lover, I am grateful that we are able to look back at our influences and see the impact that they have made on our community. In a year where music has helped keep us together, I look forward to honoring this iconic group of music creators.”
Other honorees also include Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five, Lionel Hampton, Marilyn Horne, Salt-N-Pepa, and Talking Heads.
The 63rd annual Grammy Awards is scheduled for Sunday, March 21 on CBS.
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