Grammy Awards Now Set For March 14
It looks like there is yet another setback for the Grammys. After weathering artists calling it corrupt, the award show is now forced to move its ceremony to March after a spike in COVID-19 cases in Los Angeles.
Variety reports that a statement has been released announcing the move of the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards to March 14. Cited as the reason for the move is the “deteriorating COVID situation” in California and warnings from state and local governments.
The statement also emphasized the importance of keeping the music community and the production staff behind the show healthy. It also expressed gratitude at the understanding extended by all of the people involved in the award show.
Recording Academy Chair & Interim President/CEO Harvey Mason Jr., Grammy Awards Executive Producer Ben Winston, and CBS Executive Vice President for Specials, Music, Live Events, and Alternative Programming Jack Sussman appear as signatories of the statement.
Rolling Stone adds that this is the latest adjustment the award show has had to make due to the global coronavirus pandemic's impact. The original Jan. 31 show had already made a lot of changes, such as not having an audience present and having only presenters and performers present at the venue.
The Jan. 31 show also did not intend to have nominated artists present at the venue, much like last year’s Emmy Awards. Rolling Stone speculates that winning artists would have probably received their awards remotely.
This new setback comes after the Grammy Awards were called out by numerous artists like Halsey and The Weeknd for alleged corrupt practices when it comes to the Grammy Awards nomination process.
For instance, Halsey alleged on her Instagram account that plausibly deniable “bribes,” campaigning, and behind-the-scenes private performances are what actually get artists a Grammy nomination.
The 26-year-old singer also claimed that a commitment to perform during the ceremony was also needed to secure a nomination since it is something that the Recording Academy can use with advertisers.
Even before Halsey, The Weeknd -- real name Abel Makkonen Tesfaye -- also made similar claims. The Weeknd has insinuated that he did not get any nominations for the upcoming Grammy Awards because of terse negotiations about his performance with the Recording Academy.
Other than Halsey, Tinashe has also spoken up about The Weeknd’s Grammy snub, using two trash can emojis to express her disappointment at his lack of nominations. Music producers Boi-1da and Kid Cudi have also declared that The Weeknd had been “robbed.”