The 2021 GRAMMY Awards have been postponed due to coronavirus

This month's GRAMMY Awards have been pushed back due to the "deteriorating COVID situation in Los Angeles".

The 2021 GRAMMY Awards have been postponed due to coronavirus
Emily Carter

This month's planned GRAMMY Awards have been rescheduled due to coronavirus, with a new tentative date set for March.

The 63rd annual event was originally going to be held in Los Angeles at the end of this month, but due to the COVID-19 situation in the state right now, it has been pushed back.

"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," reads a joint statement from Harvey Mason Jr. (Chair & Interim President/CEO of the Recording Academy), Jack Sussman (Executive Vice President, Specials, Music, Live Events and Alternative Programming, CBS) and Ben Winston (GRAMMY Awards Executive Producer, Fulwell 73 Productions).

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"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."

Up for nomination in the Best Metal Performance category this year are Body Count, Code Orange, In This Moment, Poppy and Power Trip.

Speaking to Kerrang! recently about the nomination, Poppy revealed of how it felt when the news reached her: ​“It was unexpected, but it was great. The GRAMMYs are the GRAMMYs, they’re one of the biggest and greatest awards that you can get in music. But there are some people that I love and respect who have never been nominated, and it’s a very small percentage of people who get to have that attached to their name for the rest of their career – ​‘GRAMMY nominated’ or ​‘GRAMMY award winner’, whatever that may be. I never thought it would happen, but now I can call myself a GRAMMY nominated artist, and I am very excited about it (laughs).”

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