The Grammys are moving to March. The prestigeous music award show has been delayed due to the rise of COVID-19 infections in California. Los Angeles/Hollywood where the award show is held is a highly contagious zone despite implementing the most severe of lockdowns.
The Recording Academy now aims to hold a ceremony on March 14th, according to a Tuesday statement.
The smaller-scale event was set to be held at Staples Center, hosted by Trevor Noah of “The Daily Show” and broadcast on CBS. Only presenters and performers would be there, and the show would feature no audience. So no one to laugh at more uninspired Trump jokes…
“We’re going to be doing as much as we can within reason and continue to be safe,” Harvey Mason Jr., interim CEO/president of the Recording Academy, told USA TODAY in November. “We’re really being respectful of what the medical professionals and political leaders are telling us, as far as what we can and cannot do.” An audience was unlikely, he said, but live performances and awards-receiving portions of the show were planned.
Los Angeles County, the epicenter of the crisis in California, has surpassed 10,000 COVID-19 deaths and has had 40% of the deaths in California. It is the third state to reach the 25,000 death count. It’s gotten so bad, that the state is internally discussing recalling Governor Gavin Newsom who has outright failed to do anything right since he took the job and has made things only worse for the economy in California by enforcing sevre lockdowns that are proving to solve nothing.
“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,” Mason Jr. said in a joint statement with CBS executive Jack Sussman and Grammys executive producer Ben Winston.
Beyoncé leads the nominations for the 63rd Grammys with nine, including song (“Black Parade”) and record of the year (“Savage” remix with Megan Thee Stallion). Dua Lipa and Taylor Swift also scored top nominations, while The Weeknd was controversially shut out of the nominations. Cancel Culture even got to him.
Performers for the show will be announced in the coming months.