Grammy Awards postponed to March 14, same day as SAG Awards, amid COVID-19 surge in California
The Screen Actors Guild expressed disappointment over an announcement that the Grammy Awards have been rescheduled to the same day already tapped for the SAG Awards.
Music's biggest awards show, which had been scheduled for Jan. 31 in Los Angeles, will no longer take place this month because of rising COVID-19 cases in California. The Recording Academy now aims to hold a ceremony on March 14, according to a Tuesday statement.
SAG-AFTRA told USA TODAY in a statement Tuesday it was "extremely disappointed" about the conflicting date and has been in contact with the Recording Academy in order to "find ways to make this year’s awards season as successful as possible.”
The guild added: "We announced the same date for the SAG Awards last July with the intent to give the greatest possible scheduling consideration for other awards shows. We expect the same consideration from sister organizations throughout the industry."
The smaller-scale Grammys event was set to be held at Staples Center, hosted by Trevor Noah of "The Daily Show" and broadcast on CBS. Only presenters and performers would be there, and the show would feature no audience.
"We're going to be doing as much as we can within reason and continue to be safe," Harvey Mason Jr., interim CEO/president of the Recording Academy, told USA TODAY in November. "We're really being respectful of what the medical professionals and political leaders are telling us, as far as what we can and cannot do." An audience was unlikely, he said, but live performances and awards-receiving portions of the show were planned.
Los Angeles County, the epicenter of the crisis in California, has surpassed 10,000 COVID-19 deaths and has had 40% of the deaths in California. It is the third state to reach the 25,000 death count.
"The deteriorating COVID situation in Los Angeles, with hospital services being overwhelmed, ICUs having reached capacity, and new guidance from state and local governments have all led us to conclude that postponing our show was the right thing to do," Mason Jr. said in a joint statement with CBS executive Jack Sussman and Grammys executive producer Ben Winston.
"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," the statement continued.
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Performers for the show will be announced in the coming months.
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Contributing: The Associated Press