The 2021 Grammy’s Awards During the Pandemic


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This years highly anticipated Grammy awards show has officially been postponed to a later date, but much more has changed.

Kelly Zarate, The Scroll, Co-Editor in Chief

This year, due to the nature of the COVID-19 pandemic in Los Angeles, the annual Grammy Awards Show has been postponed and will be different compared to prior years.

Previously, the award show was set to be January 31, but after a spike in COVID cases and hospitals reaching ICU capacity throughout December, it was pushed back to Sunday, March 14. For the health and safety of others, there will be no audience present, but there will be a handful of media attending.

In a joint statement given by The Recording Academy and Ben Winston, the event’s executive producer, “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.”

Despite the lack of audience, music lovers and fans will be able to watch the awards show on CBS. Additionally, there will be a Grammy Premiere Ceremony where 83 categories of awards will be presented, and this will be livestreamed on
Instead of the usual Staples Center for the event, this year the ceremony will be held in the outdoor portion of the Los Angeles Convention Center, with comedian, Trevor Noah as the host. Variety stated that The Staples Center, the home of the Grammy Awards, will be used as a backdrop.

Though the event may be different this year, there will still be performances. Many live performances have been planned, but once again many of these performances will likely be pre-recorded. According to the Grammy website, no performers have been officially confirmed. However, artists such as Taylor Swift, Harry Styles, BTS, and Doja Cat have been rumored to make a virtual appearance.

This year, Beyonce has the most nominations leading with nine, followed by a three way tie of six nominations between Taylor Swift, Dua Lipa, and Roddy Ricch.

See the full list of Grammy nominees here: