While the 2021 Golden Globes and Academy Awards have been postponed due to COVID-19, music’s biggest night, the Grammy Awards, were still a-go for their originally scheduled date. With an increase in the amount of music that was released during the pandemic, it was decided that the 63rd annual Grammys would not be delayed. Then, as COVID cases increased in Los Angeles, where the Grammys were to be held, the Recording Academy had to rethink that decision. Variety confirmed Jan. 5 that the award show has been postponed.
The decision was made based on health and travel concerns, sources told Variety.
Originally, the show would go on as planned, in part because of the abundance of music released throughout the quarantine. “The amount of music released has actually increased during the pandemic, so we would not want to delay our date with so much great music coming out,” the Recording Academy’s Interim President and CEO Harvey Mason Jr. told Variety in June. “I also think it’s important and helpful to have shows like this, when there’s been so much uncertainty and unrest—to have something you know is coming around every year and to know there’s a time when we all sit down together and watch great entertainment and art.”
In September, Mason teased to Variety, that the upcoming ceremony is “going to be a spectacular show.” “Obviously, this is a very unique year. We’ve been looking at all of the shows really closely and I’ve been talking with some of the people who put them together—the creative and also the business side,” he said. “I think there have been some great examples of how to present music and awards at these shows, and I think there’s some other things that we’re gonna do pretty differently.”
Ahead of the big show, here is everything we know about the Grammy Awards 2021, including the performers!
When are the Grammy Awards 2021?
The awards show was slated for Sunday, Jan. 31 at 8 p.m. ET. They will now be held March 14.
Grammy nominations 2021
Dua Lipa, Sharon Osbourne, Gayle King and more announced the nominees Nov. 24. Beyoncé leads the pack with nine nominations, including Record of the Year and Song of the Year. Meanwhile, first-time nominees include Megan Thee Stallion, BTS, Harry Styles and the Strokes.
The Grammys 2021 performers include Taylor Swift and Harry Styles
The list of performers is pretty impressive. It includes Harry Styles, Cardi B, Megan thee Stallion, Post Malone, Maren Morris, Miranda Lambert, Bad Bunny, Billie Eilish and Taylor Swift.
Related: Complete List of 2021 Grammy Nominees
Where and how to watch or stream the Grammys 2021 on TV or online?
The 63rd annual Grammys will be broadcast in HDTV and 5.1 surround sound on CBS. Viewers can also stream the ceremony live on Paramount+, as well as on CBS.com and the new CBS app after signing in with a TV provider.
Will the 2021 Grammys have a live audience?
Probably not. Mason previously revealed to Variety that the goal is for the show to be 100 percent live without pre-recorded elements. “We’re looking at Staples with a limited audience, although that seems increasingly unlikely; Staples with live performances and no audience; or something a little more virtual, with some elements from different locations,” he said. “We’re still waiting to hear back from our partners at the network and the venue and our medical experts, because obviously we want this to be safe for everyone.”
Who is the 2021 Grammy Awards host?
Trevor Noah is set to host the Grammys for the first time. “Despite the fact that I am extremely disappointed that the GRAMMYs® have refused to have me sing or be nominated for best pop album, I am thrilled to be hosting this auspicious event,” the host of The Daily Show said in a statement. “I think as a one-time GRAMMY® nominee, I am the best person to provide a shoulder to all the amazing artists who do not win on the night because I too know the pain of not winning the award! (This is a metaphorical shoulder, I’m not trying to catch Corona). See you at the 63rd GRAMMYs!”
Who is receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award?
The late Selena Quintanilla will be posthumously honored with the award during the show.