A rep for the show confirms to Variety that the Grammy Awards are being postponed. More specifics are anticipated shortly. The show could be moved to March, sources say. Although no date was confirmed at the time of publication of this report.
The Recording Academy and its network affiliate CBS agreed to postpone the broadcast. Which is set to be hosted by “The Daily Show”‘s Trevor Noah. From its originally scheduled date of January 31, according to sources, a combination of health and travel concerns. The transfer is not totally surprising, as Magisland has heard many confusing stories about performances planned for the show in recent days.
The show would be held “in and around Downtown Los Angeles
“The Grammys have been contending with the countless complications. Involved in staging a major awards show for months that usually has an audience of 18,000-plus individuals during a pandemic. Self-billed as “Music’s Biggest Night. Though interim
chief Harvey Mason jr. told Variety in September that the initial general plan was to host the event with either a small or no audience. At its long-time home of the Staples Center in Los Angeles, he said the show would be held “in and around Downtown Los Angeles” at the end of November. Opening the possibility that performances could be staged from several venues in that city. New Grammys executive producer Ben Winston said he was “looking to do something quite exciting. With independent venues” either in or near the 2021 show in a brief interview with Billboard published last month.
“I’m so struck by the independent music venues around the world”
“I’m so struck by the independent music venues around the world. And I’m aware of how hard hit that side of the industry has been. I’m looking to do something quite exciting with the independent venues. Supporting them and putting a spotlight on them. In what has been a really tough year for them. ” The venues will receive aid as part of the Save Our Stages Act, which was passed into law along with the stimulus bill last month.
Mason told Variety late in November that the Grammys were looking at other shows for ideas, but “It’s gonna be a show that’s different from the other awards shows that have happened at this point,” he said. “We’re going to determine as we get a little bit closer what we’re going to do with our audience, but we have some really cool and special things that are coming together for our show.”
The BET Awards, held early in the summer. Were basically a series of high-production music videos with a host in front of a green screen; some weeks later, in a number of locations in and around New York, the largely pre-taped MTV VMAs were held; while the Country Music Association Awards were held in a small venue with a tiny audience. Lead to widespread criticism after 86 years of singing The Academy Awards revealed last summer that their 2021 show will be moved from its normal February to April date.
Beyoncé is leading the contenders with nine
The show, which in three of the past four years has been plagued by controversies, ranging from a lack of gender and racial diversity to the sudden ouster of Mason’s predecessor. Deborah Dugan, just days before the 2020 show, stirred up another when nominations were announced late in November. The Weeknd, one of the most commercially and critically successful art of the year, in an unprecedented snub. Beyoncé is leading the contenders with nine, an unusually high profile. Given that during the qualifying period the superstar did not even release a new album. Followed by six apiece for Taylor Swift, Roddy Ricch and Dua Lipa.
Brittany Howard, of Alabama Shakes fame, was close behind the group with five solo debut nominations. Grammy queen Billie Eilish, Megan Thee Stallion, DaBaby, Phoebe Bridgers, Justin Bieber, jazz pianist John Beasley, and classical producer David Frost returned to win four each.