As we head into 2021, many have held onto the promise of a brighter year, which would see us return to at least some form of normality. In 2020 the Coronavirus took away so much from so many, from health and lifestyle through to business and industries. This was certainly the same for the music industry.
Although they might not have been able to showcase their music to the large crowds they might have become accustomed to, a perhaps bittersweet outcome for music performers is that they have still had the ability to create music. Throughout the dark times of the pandemic this has proved a positive influence across the world and has been a way to lead and inspire people, something that has carried many people throughout 2020.
In 2020 many of the annual music industry awards were unable to take place in the format of the heightened glitz and glamour we love, such as The MTV Europe Music Awards and the Billboard Awards. Luckily, Coronavirus has not completely cancelled these long awaited events and although we might have experienced delays, the shows that were brought to life in safe, socially distanced conditions without a live audience still continued to entertain and delight people across the world virtually.
Many performers and fans had hoped 2021 would bring the music showcases we all loved back to the main stage and one such show looked forward to by many was the Grammy Awards. This is one of the biggest award ceremonies of the music industry that was set to take place on the 31st January 2021. Unfortunately, in a recently released statement, the event organizers The Recording Academy have made the tough decision to postpone the event.
Both those involved in the show as well as the fans are disappointed that the awards have been delayed, but understandably Covid-19 still remains a prominent threat and the health and safety of people amidst the spread of the virus has to come first. The first week of January has seen the number of Coronavirus cases rising in the city of Los Angeles and the state of California, where the ceremony is due to be held.
The new date which has been set by the event organizers has been announced as the 14th March 2021. The event is usually hosted within the Staples Centre located in central Los Angeles. The statement posted on the Grammy Awards website by organizers The Recording Academy, in conjunction with the CBS, can be read as follows:
“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, 14 March, 2021. 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.”
Adding: “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.”
Following on from the uncertainties of 2020, it had already been planned to produce the awards as a virtual ceremony which has proven successful for other awards across the industry over the past year. But following on from their statement, the main organizers The Recording Academy believe it is ‘the right thing to do” to postpone the awards with the State of California facing surge in Covid-19 cases and the unsettling reports that ambulance staff covering the Los Angeles County have been issued with the instructions ‘not to transport patients with extremely low chances of survival’.
As it stands, fans will wait in high anticipation for the event which saw global artists such as Beyoncé and Taylor Swift primed for success at what would have been the 63rd Annual Ceremony.
The delay has provided producers with more time to perfect the virtual ceremony, showcasing what will hopefully be a fit and well audience by this time. At present, it has not been confirmed whether the announced host comedian Trevor Noah will still be able to fulfil this appointment.
It is without a doubt that this year’s awards show has had its fair share of speculation and controversy already. The award nominees were originally announced back in November 2020 ahead of the 2021 airing and this certainly built the excitement. An array of musicians were nominated, from iconic stars through to new breakthrough artists. However controversy ensued when The Weeknd, one of the most recognized and played artists throughout the year, was not nominated for a single award.
The controversy continues with the announcement of the new date as this is due to overlap with the 27th Screen Actors Guild Awards, which has reportedly prompted the Actors Union to express how they were ‘extremely disappointed’ by this, having set their date 6 months prior.
As the world continues in its efforts to beat the Coronavirus pandemic, the music industry brings light to so many and we hope to be able to celebrate their successes with them in a safe world as soon as it is deemed appropriate to do so.