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Grammy Awards 2021 Pushed To March 14 Amid Surging Cases of COVID-19 In Los Angeles

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The annual start-studded event of  Grammy Awards for 2021 has been postponed till March due to the recent surge in the number of deaths related to novel coronavirus in Los Angeles.

The annual show, which is held at Staples Center in Los Angeles has been rescheduled for March 14 from  January 31. On Tuesday, a joint statement was released from the Recording Academy and CBS, (broadcaster of the ceremony) which stated that the decision of postponing the event was taken after many discussions with the health specialists, the hosts, and the artists who were scheduled to appear at the ceremony.

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In  a statement  released by the Recording Academy interim CEO Harvey Mason Jr, CBS executive Jack Sussman, and Grammys executive producer Ben Winston said, “With a lot of hospital services being powerless and ICUs reaching their capacity, the health condition in Los Angeles is deteriorating each day due to the outbreak of this deadly virus.” Additionally, he said, “Health protocols from our government has led us all to come to the choice of pushing our show to March, and it’s the right thing to do. Nothing at this moment is over the priority of health and safety of everyone working in the music community as well as the hundred people who work tirelessly to produce the show.”

The committee expressed their gratitude towards the staff, talented artists, and the nominees of 2021 for keeping patience and understanding the depth of the situation.

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The new Grammys date coincides with the scheduled of the Screen Actors Guild Awards, which is usually held at another downtown Los Angeles venue, the Shrine Auditorium. That show honours the most effective performances in film and television.

Presently, Los Angeles is at the epitome of crisis in California, as it has surpassed 11,000 COVID-19 deaths.