Grammy Awards Postponed as Covid-19 Rages in Los Angeles

Grammy Awards Postponed as Covid-19 Rages in Los Angeles

Grammy Awards Postponed as Covid-19 Rages in Los Angeles

Grammy Awards Postponed as Covid-19 Rages in Los Angeles

Beyoncé has the most nominations for the ceremony, with nine in eight categories. Taylor Swift, Dua Lipa and the rapper Roddy Ricch are among the other major contenders for the show. In classic Grammys fashion, controversy — or at least loud complaints — have swarmed around this year’s nominations, as stars like the Weeknd and the country singer Luke Combs, who had some of the biggest hits of the period, were left off the ballot.

Despite offstage griping, the Grammys remain one of the most high-profile moments in the year in pop music, with stars relishing the TV exposure and record executives schmoozing during glittery industry gatherings. Even if muted by the pandemic, the Grammys had been expected to represent a major media moment for the music world.

Other major award shows have attempted a variety of approaches during various stages of the pandemic, with mixed results. The BET Awards, held in June; the MTV Video Music Awards, in August; the Billboard Music Awards, in October; and the Latin Grammys, in November, were televised without audiences, and artists appeared remotely from soundstages to perform and accept awards.

The Country Music Association Awards held an in-person ceremony in Nashville in November, with a live audience consisting mostly of the show’s performers, who were socially distanced but largely unmasked. A month after the awards, the singer Charley Pride, 86, died of complications from Covid-19, although where he was exposed remains unknown.

In other industries, the pandemic forced the Emmy Awards to stage a largely virtual event in September. The Oscars were postponed two months from their original Feb. 28 date to April 25, with the format of the ceremony not yet determined. And the Tony Awards announced in August that the show would go ahead, online, at an unspecified date, after initially postponing its June date.

Sarah Bahr contributed reporting.


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