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The first week of January, the Recording Academy announced the 2021 Grammy Awards have been rescheduled from Jan. 31 to March 14 due to rising coronavirus cases.

In a joint statement, Recording Academy Interim President Harvey Mason Jr., Grammy Awards Executive Producer Ben Winston and CBS Executive Vice President of Specials, Music, Live Events and Alternative Programming Jack Sussman declared the postponement of the ceremony was the best course of action due to “the deteriorating COVID situation in Los Angeles, with hospital services being overwhelmed, ICUs having reached capacity, and new guidance from state and local governments.”

Comedian and host of The Daily Show Trevor Noah will be hosting the 2021 Grammy’s broadcasted on CBS.

According to Rolling Stone, the Recording Academy previously hoped to organize a limited show similar to the Emmy’s, with nominees joining virtually. Instead, it was decided after thoughtful conversations with health experts, our hosts, and artists scheduled to appear” the ceremony was set to be delayed until March 14. The statement continues “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.”

According to Johns Hopkins University, the US leads the world in the number of Coronavirus cases. As of Jan. 12, California has the third-highest death rate in the country.

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