Grammy Awards postponed due to COVID-19
NEWS DIGEST – The 2021 Grammy Awards, aimed at celebrating music, originally scheduled for January 31 in Los Angeles have been postponed due to the spread of COVID-19.
Rolling Stone, an American magazine in a publication confirmed that the 63rd Grammy Awards organized by the Recording Academy will hold later in March.
Reports state that coronavirus has been rapidly spreading in California after the holiday celebration, as the world continue to fight against the virus.
“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,” the Recording Academy and CBS, the network broadcasting the show, said 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,” the organizers stated.
In the statement released on Tuesday, organizers, confirmed that they will stage the award show on Sunday, March 14, 2020, citing “thoughtful conversations with health experts, our host and artists scheduled to appear”.
Recall that Nigerian artist, Damini Ogulu professionally known as Burna Boy got his second consecutive nomination for the Grammys.