Ayyyeee… What’s Goodie Everyone. So I got some tea and it involves the Grammy Awards and coronavirus.
The Grammy Awards, have been postponed to March 14 due to coronavirus concerns, the Recording Academy announced on Tuesday. The datewas originally scheduled to January 31. The change was announced “after thoughtful conversations with health experts, our host and artists scheduled to appear,” according to a joint statement from interim Grammys chief Harvey Mason Jr., CBS’s Jack Sussman and executive producer Ben Winston. The statement cited the “deteriorating COVID situation” in Los Angeles a city so overwhelmed by the illness in recent days that several hospitals have had to turn away ambulances due to a shortage of oxygen as the reason for the move.
The Recording Academy waited to postpone the Grammys but then followed in the footsteps of the Academy Awards, the Tony Awards and the Golden Globes, all of which announced last year that ceremonies would be moved to later in the winter or spring. The Emmy Awards were held in September as previously planned, but the ceremony was broadcast from a nearly empty Staples Center and honored artists who accepted the awards from their respective homes.
The Recording Academy announced in November that comedian Trevor Noah would be hosting the ceremony. Beyoncé led this year’s nominees with nine nods, putting her at 79 career nominations the most of any female artist. Taylor Swift, Dua Lipa and Roddy Ricch followed with six nods each.
According to Rolling Stone, Grammy organizers had envisioned a limited show similar to what the Emmy organizers pulled off in the fall only presenters and performers would be allowed at a venue, while all nonperforming nominees would join the festivities virtually. Mason recently told Variety that, in lieu of the spacious Staples Center, organizers were considering holding the ceremony at venues in and around Downtown Los Angeles.