The 2021 Grammys have been postponed until 14 March amid the recent spike in coronavirus cases, a rep for the ceremony confirmed to Variety on Tuesday. The ceremony was initially expected to take place on Jan. 31 at the Los Angeles Staples Center, but was then announced to take place "in and around Downtown Los Angeles" with either a limited or no audience.
"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," a rep told Variety in a statement. "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."
Trevor Noah was previously announced as the host of music's biggest night, with Beyoncé reclaiming her place as most-nominated artist of the year with nine nominations. Roddy Ricch, Dua Lipa, and Taylor Swift also earned six nods each, while Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes scored five nominations for her solo debut.