That record needle scratch you just heard is this year’s Grammy Awards hitting the brakes.
The 63rd annual Grammy Awards, which were scheduled to be held on Sunday, Jan. 31, will be postponed due to the current COVID situation. TVLine has confirmed that the ceremony will now take place on Sunday, March 14.
“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,” interim president and CEO of the Recording Academy Harvey Mason Jr., EVP of Specials, Music, Live Events and Alternative Programming Jack Sussman, and Grammys executive producer Ben Winston said in a joint statement.
“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.”
This year’s Grammys were to be broadcast by CBS from the Staples Center in Los Angeles, and hosted by The Daily Show‘s Trevor Noah. The latest plan was to have no audience and only allow presenters and performers on-site, while nominees would wait at home, 2020 Emmys-style, for the (hopefully!) good word.
The January 2020 Grammys was one of the last awards shows to be held before the pandemic hit. It delivered 18.7 million total viewers for CBS, down just 6 percent from 2019 while delivering that TV season’s most watched and highest rated entertainment program.
This year, the Academy received a total of 23,207 entries for Grammy consideration, setting the record for the most entries in a single year.